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Kanika (sweet rice) is an aromatic sweet rice dish. Kanika – an authentic Odisha Cuisine and one of the item among the 56 dishes prepared for Lord Jagannath as part of Mahaprasad or Chappan Bhog. The morning meal of lord Jagannath (known as Sakala Dhupa) constitutes this dish. Traditionally prepared during festivals and pujas.

The rice is yellow in colour. And the yellow colour is due to turmeric powder. The aroma of cardamom, cinnamon, clove and desi ghee makes it extraordinary. Though it is simple but an exceptional dish with nutritive value. Kanika was the favorite Odia dish before biriyani and fried rice took its place. The aromatic basmati rice can be a replacement from the raw rice that usually prepared to make kanika. Mostly prepared as offering in temples, the kanika rice is a stable meal of Odisha.

Sweet Rice Kanika Dalma Odisha Cuisine Photo

Sweet Kanika rice is a lovely combination with dalma or spicy aloo dum during festivals, where as some Sundays, it goes really well with chicken or mutton kassa. If you are from India, you can well relate this time of the year with Navratri or Durga puja or Dussera.

Belonging to the Eastern part of India, we celebrate it as Durga puja in the state of Odisha. It is easy to make, not too sweet but it is delicious. A similar dish in Kolkata, known as Misti pulao, prepared during marriages and ceremonies. No offence to the Bengali dish, but Kanika is more flavourful than Misti pulao.

So, try this divinely temple style sweet rice or Kanika recipe at your home and share your experience with me. I am also sharing the recipe below.

Kanika (Sweet Rice)

Recipe by Pinky ShonaCourse: MainCuisine: OdishaDifficulty: Easy

Servings

4

servings

Prep time

5

minutes

Cooking time

15

minutes

Kanika (sweet rice) is an aromatic sweet rice dish. Kanika – an authentic Odisha Cuisine and one of the item among the 56 dishes prepared for Lord Jagannath as part of Mahaprasad or Chappan Bhog.

Ingredients

  • Basmati rice- 1 1/2 cup

  • Sugar- 8 tbsp

  • Cashew nuts- 15 – 20 nos

  • Raisins- 20 – 25 nos

  • Star anise- 2 nos

  • Cloves- 3 – 4 nos

  • Bay leaf- 1 no

  • Cardamom- 2 nos

  • Black pepper- 8 – 10 nos

  • Cinnamon- 1 small

  • Turmeric powder- 2 tsp

  • Ghee- 4 tbsp

  • Salt as per taste

  • water as needed

Directions

  • First wash and soak the rice for 30 minutes.
  • Now heat a kadhai. Add ghee and when ghee gets heated, add bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, black pepper, star anise, into the kadhai.
  • Now add raisins and cashews and fry it for 3 seconds.
  • Then add the soaked rice and turmeric powder into it. Then mix everything and fry it for 5 minutes.
  • Now pour some water and add little bit salt and let it boil till rice will be cook properly.
  • In between, when boil will start add sugar into them, then mix it properly and cover the lid.
  • After 10 – 15 minutes done, open the lid. Now the kanika is ready.
  • Garnish with cheery, cashews, raisins and serve hot.

If you liked this, do try out more Odisha cuisines.

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