5 Healthy Odia Dishes For Fitness Enthusiasts

Hitting the gym, eating healthy and sharing photos with the world has become the daily routine for this hash-tag generation. Today’s youth loves sharing their experiences on social media to boast about their lifestyle.

While this might seem like an unimportant and pointless task for some, it has proved to be a blessing for the uninitiated, helping them kick-start their fitness journey.

When everyone around is health-conscious and is watching their waistline, having an idea of regional dishes that are both healthy and delicious can be a boon.

Here are 5 nutritious yet delicious Odia dishes that not only pleases your taste buds but keeps the gut happy too.

1. Dalma

Dalma Odia dish
Dalma (Image: First timer cook)

The traditional dal gets an extraordinary and nourishing blend in Odisha.

The lentils are roasted and then cooked with vegetables like drumsticks, beans, brinjal, pumpkin, plantain, raw papaya, carrots etc with spices added in a moderate quantity that adds to the flavour. Some serve it with grated coconut too.

Cooked with a minimal amount of spices and oil, a bowl of Dalma is loaded with protein, dietary fibre, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, iron and magnesium.

2. Santula

Santula Healthy Odia dish

The main constituents of this dish are raw papaya, potato, tomato and brinjal. It can either be boiled (Sijha Santula), along with a tadka or fried (Bhaja Santula), along with the tempering of spices.

This easy to digest dish is high in potassium, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B and is also relatively easy to cook.

3. Chhatua

Chhatua healthy Odia dish

Getting late for work and no time to cook? No need to rush empty stomach when you have Chhatua. This readily available powdered mixture of barley, ragi, bengal gram, oats, wheat, cashews and peanuts is usually consumed with milk or curd, grated coconut and bananas as a wholesome breakfast in Odisha.

Enriched with fibre, amino acids, vitamin D, protein, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, phosphorus, and manganese, it keeps you full for a long time and also assists in weight loss.

4. Chatu Besara

Chhatu Besara Healthy Odia Dish
Chhatu Besara

Made of mushrooms and tomatoes in a mustard paste (besara), Chatu Besara is abundant in protein, fibre, vitamin B, selenium and copper.

5. Tomato Khajuri Khatta

Tomato Khatta
Tomato Khatta

A popular, easy to cook and a must have side dish in all the festive meals, this sweet and sour chutney is packed with the goodness of tomatoes, dates and jaggery. It’s a great source of the antioxidant lycopene, vitamin C, potassium, folate and iron.

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