Top 5 Must-Try Odia Sweet Dishes
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Present your sweet tooth with the most delicious meetha (sweets) from one of the states of India that is known for its presentation of food to its God Lord Jagannath. Food is the most essential substance for living, and it is said that Odia's have mastered the art of cooking, serving, and eating. Dessert is regarded as the cherry on the cake of a good meal, and for this apparent reason, Odia's do not compromise with the taste of their sweets. While most people are not aware of the sweet dishes relished by Odias, here are the top five picks from the very long list of sweet dishes from this state-

1- Rasagola: After a prolonged rift between Odisha and West Bengal over Rasagola's origin, Odisha got the Geographical Indication (GI) tag for this sweet dish. Every year after the Rath Yatra is about to end, Lord Jagannath presents Rasagola to Goddess Laksmi to re-enter the temple with his elder brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra. It is ritually practised to date. The Rasagola in Odisha comprises Cottage cheese (Chenna) cooked in sugar syrup for a soft and juicy consistency. It has a unique colour because of the caramelized sugar and distinct cooking techniques.

2- Rasabali: It is specially made and relished in the district of Kendrapada of Odisha. It is offered to Baladevjew and originated in the Baladevjew Temple of Kendrapara. Rasabali is one of the Chapana bhoga of Puri's Jagannath temple. These are deep-fried chenna pancakes, soaked inside the creamy rabri with a hint of saffron.