Happy Raja wishes to all my odiya readers.
Raja is a very important and must awaited festival for Odiya people. This is a festival of joy , rejoice and nonstop enjoyment. This is also an agriculture oriented festival. The Agrarian festival “Raja” is being celebrated ahead of Monsoon being set in Odisha. With Raja the earth gets relief from the scorching heat . With the advent of rain, Raja festival becomes very enjoyable in a greenish and cheerful atmosphere.
Raja is a holiday of 3 long days, officially it is celebrated for 4 days. 3 days for rajo and last day is basumati snana(bathing the mother earth) . During raja the basudha (the mother earth) is considered to be menstruating woman. So during these 4 days digging of soil or tempering it anyway is strictly prohibited.
This is the chief festival of unmarried girls who celebrate it without involvement in any household work. They are strictly restricted to do work at home. They wear new dresses, new makeup, and merry make by playing different games and swing all the long. Even men also play game and go to theater for watching movies.
Coming to this recipe, this is a traditional odiya sweet dish which stands for ocean in milk. Kheer means milk and sagar means ocean. This is a mouthwatering and unforgettable sweet dish . The tiny cottage cheese (chenna balls) are cooked with reduced sweetened milk and flavored with cardamom and saffron. This is a dish which doesn’t require any dry fruits and it worth its dignity. This dish can be served slightly chilled or in room temperature.
The making of Kheer Sagar is quite same as Rasmalai but only difference is the thickness of milk. In kheer sagar the milk is quite rich and yummy. Having this dessert after finishing your dinner is a sheer bliss . Let’s make this dish and celebrate this auspicious Raja.