Bhubaneswar: On the occasion of Pakhala Dibasa 2022, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik said that watered rice is his favourite. In a video the CM was seen having a meal that constituted off a bowl of watered rice (pakhala) and a few side dishes.
In the video the CM was seen siting in a chair to have a meal of pakhala placed in front of him on a table. He takes a bite and says, “Pakahala Mo Pasand”, which means Pakhala is my favourite.
Today, Odias across the state are observing Pakhala Dibasa. Every year March 20 is observed as Pakhala Dibasa.
Pakhala is watered rice. Odias, across the state love to consume this recipe. Come summer and every Odia families start incorporating Pakhala in their daily lunches.
Although pakhala is eaten not only in Odisha, but people of other adjoining states also are fans of this cuisine, but still it has come up as a typical food of Odisha over the last few decades.