Bhubaneswar is the capital city of Orissa state and has a strong religious imprint due to dominance of temples in the area. So much so, Bhubaneswar is called as ‘Temple city of India’. Unlike other pious cities, people of Bhubaneswar doesn’t strictly observe vegetarianism. If there is plenty of avaibillty of non-vegetarian fare, vegetarian cooking is also easily found in the area. Rice is the main crop of this region and finds it’s way on every Bhubaneswari thali. Cooking style of Odia cuisine is distinctive. Mild spice profile with liberal use of plantains, jackfruit, raw papaya and coconut comprises the cuisine. Dalma, an Odia curry made with regional vegetables, lentils and mild spices is an essential staple of every Bhubaneswari household. Hilsa maccha jhola, adds that non-vegetarian component to the plate. Chhatu Rai, a mushroom dish tossed in mustard sauce is another reoccurring feature on traditional Odia thali. Seafood is vastly loved in Bhubaneswar. Crab Kalia is worth indulging in. Chhena jalebi, chhena poda and malpua are beloved desserts of Bhubaneswar natives. The exotic flavor profile puts Bhubaneswar on every foodie’s list.