Learn how to prepare Bela Pana recipe in Oriya style here.
Bela Pana is a drink made from Bael (Aegle marmelos) fruit pulp, on the occasion of Pana Sankranti. According to the tradition, since the festival is observed during the peak of summer, a number of remedies are included in the dishes and rituals. The most important is the beverage of pana.
It is an antidote for sun stroke and a must in Odia New Year. It is also used for stomach problem.
- Ripe Bela – 2 Medium
- Ripe Banana – 2 Big (mashed)
- Coconut – 1/2 (grated)
- Rasagola – 5 mashed (you can use Chhena in place of Rasagola)
- Sugar – 12 tbsp
- Curd – 1/2 cup (beaten)
- Black Pepper Powder – 1 tbsp
- Green Cardamom Powder – 1 tbsp
How to prepare
- Break the Bela and extract all the pulps to a bowl by using a spoon.
- Mix some water to these extracted pulps. Mix properly by using your hand.
- Now by using a strainer, strain all the seeds and unnecessary things.
- Keep only the fruit pulps in a big bowl.
- Now add banana, coconut, rasagola, sugar, curd, pepper powder, green cardamom powder and water.
- Do not add much water, the drink should not be very watery.
- Mix properly till the sugar dissolves.
- Serve it like this or you can also serve it chill by keeping it in refrigerator for sometime.
- You can also have the bela pana in a simpler way by adding the pulps of bela with water, sugar and pepper powder.