Chandrakanti Pitha – an Odia festive delight

a traditional Odia sweet delicacy using moong dal, a perfect during festive occasions in Odia households

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Chandrakanti Pitha – an Odia festive delight

a traditional odia sweet delicacy using moong dal, a perfect during festive occasions in odia households
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Soaking Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Odia
Servings 4


  • 1 cup Moong dal (split yellow lentils)
  • ¼ cup Rice
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Coconut (grated)
  • 1 tsp Cardamom powder
  • 2 tbsp Ghee + for greasing
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • cup Water + for soaking and blending
  • Oil for deep frying


  • In two separate bowls, soak moong dal and rice for about 5-6 hours or even overnight.
  • Drain and wash both moong dal and rice separately.
  • Using a blender, first make a paste of the soaked moong dal by adding little amount of water (2-3 tbsp). Keep in mind not to make a very fine paste.
  • Transfer the moong dal paste to a bowl and now make a fine smooth paste of soaked rice.
  • Mix both the paste in the bowl, keep aside.
  • Meanwhile grease a plate with ghee and keep aside.
  • Now in a deep pan boil water along with sugar, salt, cardamom powder, 1 tbsp ghee and grated coconut.
  • When the sugar melts completely, lower the heat.
  • Add the dal-rice paste slowly and start continuosly stirring to avoid the mixture stick at the bottom.
  • After few minutes (around 4-5 minutes) the mixture starts to slightly thicken.
  • Now add 1 tbsp ghee, and keep stirring.
  • When the mixture seems to leaving the sides of the pan, turn off the heat.
  • Transfer the mixture onto the greased plate.
  • Using a greased spatula, spread the mixture evenly keeping the height as desired for the pitha.
  • Keep aside and allow to completely cool down.
  • Now grease a knife and cut the cooled mixture into desired shapes.
  • Meanwhile heat oil in a pan.
  • Over low-medium heat, deep fry few cut shapes until they turn golden brown, flipping in between.
  • Once done, trasfer to a plate lined with tissue papers and allow to drain out the excess oil.
  • Similarly deep fry rest other shapes.
  • Serve these chandrakanti pitha warm or cool as desired !


  • Coconut is totally optional but adds a nice texture and flavor to this deep-fried pitha.
  • Don’t boil the water along with sugar for a long time. When the sugar melts completely start adding the paste slowly.
  • Some chopped dry fruits can be added here too along with coconut.
  • Always grease the knife to get sharp shapes before cutting.
Keyword Deep frying, Festival Recipe, Odia Pitha

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  1. Shobha Keshwani

    5 stars
    Chandrakanti pitha looks so delicious and easy to prepare. The sweetness is just perfect and the texture is so good too. Crunchy on the outer layer and soft inside.

  2. Mayuri Patel

    5 stars
    Such a delicious pitha, it almost reminded me of moong dal halwa. Next time will definitely add some coconut and dried food to give it a different taste. Your Chandrakanti Pitha looks so good, just want to take the whole platter.

  3. Poonam bachhav

    5 stars
    ChandraKanti Pitha sounds absolutely delicious and i am literally drooling over the pics! I would definitely love giving this traditional Odia sweet dish a try.

  4. Preeti Shridhar

    Your Chandrakanti Pitha looks absolutely delicious. Crispy from outside and soft from inside. I am sure cocnut must be adding to the flavors. This is definitely in my bucket list.

  5. Archana

    5 stars
    Chandrakanti Pitha looks delicious Sasmita. Crisp and delicious feel like plucking it off the screen.

  6. Swati

    5 stars
    Chandrakanti Pitha looks so delectable.. Loved the texture with crispy outer layer and inside soft filling.. coconut and dried fruits must have added so much flavour to this delicious dessert

  7. Renu

    5 stars
    Chandrakanti pitha looks absolutely delicious and yummy, crispy on the outside and so perfect as a snack or for parties.

  8. Anu Kollon

    This pitha looks super delicious and I am loving the golden color of this pitha. Also, the photography is amazing and definitely drool-worthy pictures.

  9. Vasusvegkitchen

    5 stars
    Chandrakanti pitha looks super delicious with awesome clicks. Liked the taste of coconut added in this pitha, love all your Odia recipes will try this recipe soon.

  10. Jayashree T.Rao

    5 stars
    Chandrakanta Pitha looks so delicious. The crunchy outer layer with the soft filling inside is something different and would like to try it soon. Nice variety of pithas.


    5 stars
    I am drooling over the pictures as usual Sasmita. Chandrakanti pitha looks absolutely scrumptious and too tempting. You have made it perfect shapes.

  12. Preethicuisine

    5 stars
    Chandrakanti pitha sounds so flavourful and delicious. Lovely deep fried squares with coconut. Amazing photography .

  13. Seema Sriram

    5 stars
    Love the image you have captured. The crispy looking squares will e certainly exciting for my teens. they will love this for tea.

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