Bhubaneswar: Internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik’s sand art on Puri Beach ahead of Pakhala Dibasa tomorrow.
20 March is declared Pakhala Dibasa (Universal Pakhala Day) by Odias worldwide. In a move to promote Odia food, the people of Odisha decided to celebrate 20 March as Pakhala Dibasa. People eat pakhala on 20 March to welcome summer season with Odisha’s traditional food.
Eating pakhal has been recommended to prevent heat stroke in hot weather. A traditional Odia dish, it is prepared with rice, curd, cucumber, cumin seeds, fried onions and mint leaves. It is popularly served with roasted vegetables—such as potato, brinjal, badi and saga bhaja or fried fish.