Celebrations are like traditional threads which bind together different cultures & people in bonds of love & joy. Odisha celebrates many colorful festivals through out the year. The village life here mainly centers around agriculture. So you will find an intimate relationship of festivals with the numerous agricultural operations that take place. And these Sweet fritters are part of those celebrations.
Raja-Sankranti(Swing festival) is such a festival that inaugurates the agricultural span on the arrival of Monsoon.
The term Raja has come from Rajaswala (meaning a menstruating woman) .
It is believed that the mother Earth undergoes menstruation during the first three days of Raja Festival.The first showers of the monsoon moistening the sun dried soil , thus making it ready for productivity. First day called “Pahili Raja”,second day “Raja Sankranti”,third day as “Basi Raja” and the fourth day is called as “Basumati Snana” or ceremonial bath of Bhudevi. So there is no agricultural activities during these 4 days of celebration.
In this festive mood a farmer enjoy his time with family & friends playing many indoor games like “Luddo”,”Cards” etc . Unmarried girls enjoy playing on swings and singing folk songs as they swing to … Chewing beetle is a common sight among the ladies.
Raja celebration is incomplete without “Pithas”..”Poda Pitha” is a must at every house which is made of rice-flour,jaggery,coconut etc
Mom prepared Kakara pitha (Sweet fritters) & Jau Pitha today. Yesterday she prepared “poda pitha” too .But I realized lately that everything is over before I click .
So today I clicked first ,then allowed everyone to eat. Here sharing recipe of “Suji Kakara” aka Sweet Fritters which are a fried variety.