Mahaprasad is the term applied to the 56 food items offered to Lord Jagannath in the holy Temple of Puri, located in Odisha, India.The “Prasad” offered to him and later to Maa Bimala in the Srimandir is known as ‘Mahaprasad’.Dried rice Mahaprasad known as “Nirmalya” is also used by devotees and tourists for different sacred occasions.
One of the traditional and Popular Delicacies of Orissa is the Mahaprasad (Avada)- the holy food served to Lord Jagannath as bhog. This is mostly available at the Anand Bazar near the Jagannath Temple.
56 sacred items of Jagannath Temple, Puri
01 Ukhuda – is a prepared food from rice mainly consumed in the region of Odisha, India.
02 Nadia kora – Needs coconut and sugar for making this.
03 Khua – Put the rice in a large dry frying pan or wok and set the pan over medium-low to low heat.
04 Dahi- Rinse a pot or handi well. Add milk and bring it to boil on a medium to low flame.
05 Pachila kadali
07 Tata Khechudi
08 Mendha Mundia
09 Bada Kanti
10 Matha Puli
11 Hamsa Keli
15 Saga Bhaja
16 Kadali Bhaja– Cut into round slices, wash it and keep aside. Heat oil, add broken dry red chilli, add mustard seeds let it splutter. Add the raw banana slices, turmeric powder and salt to it and mix well.
17 San Pitha
18 Maric Ladu
20 Kadamba- Cook the rice slightly sticky.Pressure cook the toor dal and all the vegetables.
23 Pakhal- Cook normal rice, then cool it. Pour water in a bowl and add rice to it. In a pan, heat a pinch of oil, add mustard seeds, curry leaves, dry red chili and fry well. Add this chhunka or tadka into the pakhala bowl with sour curd.
25 Pat Manohar
26 Tekuaa- Take crushed almonds and cashew nuts, mix with ghee and sweet soda.
27 Bhaga Pitha
30 Bada Kakara
31 Luni Khuruma
33 Sugar Pitha
34 Biri Buha
35 Dahi Nadia
36 Khasta Puri
37 Kadali Bara
38 Sana Arisha
40 Podo Pitha – Mix the batters and add baking powder, coconut slices, ginger, salt according taste, sugar & cashew nuts. Mix all the ingredients properly and keep it covered for 2 hours for self-fermentation.
42 Dahi Pakhal
43 Bada Arisha
46 Suji Khir
47 Muga Gathi– To begin with Mooga Gathi, sprout the green gram by soaking them in water. …Pressure cook the sprouted green gram by adding 2 cups water. …
Grind the grated coconut, coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chilies, tamarind and peppercorns to a paste.
49 Magaja Ladu
52 Ghia Anna – Ghia Anna also called ‘Ghia rice’ is a dish popular in the Odhisa state of India.
The Mahaprasad cooked on the premises of the temple at Ananda Bazar (abode of peace), deemed to be the biggest open-air eatery in the world, is consumed by thousands of devotees, who purchase and eat together irrespective of their caste, creed or status.