Today is the start of Raja festival for Oriyas. It is a special occasion for girls. Girls get to wear new clothes and spend time with friends - dancing, singing and swinging. Lots of adhoc swings (ropes hung out from tall trees) come up during this time. There is a lot of pithas (Oriya sweets) made during these 3 days of Raja celebration. This is my simple recipe to celebrate this great festival.
Urad Dal - 1 cup
Idli Rice - 1 cup
Salt to taste
For the filling
2 tablespoon of paneer (fresh, home made paneer)
2 tablespoon of gur/brown sugar (sugar will work too)
1 tablespoon of shredded coconut
1 pod of elaichi
Soak the Ural dal and Idli rice overnight. Grind it and leave it for few hours for it to ferment.
Mix the paneer, brown sugar, shredded coconut and elaichi well. You can cook on the stove top for a few minutes. I just microwaved it for 2 minutes.
Pour the batter into the mold. Add the filling on the top and steam the idlis as required for regular idlis.
Serve fresh. It tastes great with warm milk too.