Kandhiaa Chakata (Kartik Masa Speciality from Odia Cuisine)

a no-cook, sweet & sour relish using the fruit, Kandhiaa as a part of kartika month special from Odia cuisine

In a platter particularly for me in lunch time, I prefer to have a sweet-sour combination of dish in my meal spread. As the Kartika month of Hindu calendar is going on we the Odias, love to have only vegetarian dishes in the whole month. Although some couldn’t manage to have that kind of dishes, still bound to at least follow only last 5 days of this month. These last five days are named as Panchuka. In each odia house, the ladies particularly make rangoli in front of the holy basil (which presents either in front of the house or in the balcony or in the varandah etc.)

Many vegetarian dishes are being prepared and many of them are mostly no-onion-no-garlic dishes. My all time favorite is simple steamed rice with the kartika month special habisha dalma. I have shared this in another post, do check . This is different from other dalma varieties as here no turmeric powder is added. And hence the habisha dalma looks light brownish in color. Along with rice and dalma I love to have any accompaniment like using Oou dish or Kandhiaa dish or simple lemon-salt-green chili combination. Using oou or elephant apple one can make either Sweet Elephant Apple Relish (Meetha Oou Khatta) or Sweet & Sour Elephant Apple Relish (Khata Meetha Oou)

The other one is kandhiaa, It is a fruit which looks similar to some big size lemon with bit thick outer skin and slight sour, sweet in taste. One may get confuse with Bengali Gondhoraj, but not.These are abundantly available during Kartika Month of Hindu Calendar in Odisha. Just discard the outer skin, add slice of kandhiaa to any dish to get some sour taste. I love to have simply mashing it with some green chilies, sugar and salt and that dish is named as Kandhiaa Chakata.

Here there is no need of cooking actually. Just simply discard the outer layer. The outer layer is quite thick as compared to lemon, so I will recommend to first half the kandhiaa. Then that will be easy to peel the the thick layer. Then squeeze and mash the kandhiaa in a bowl. The liquid part will come out. Add green chili, sugar and salt and mix everything well. And voila !! the relish is ready to have with simple rice and dalma combo. If more spiciness is needed then add more green chilies and also one can add red chili flakes. Some roughly grounded form of roasted dry red chilies can be sprinkled just while having this. Completely vegan, gluten free and no-onion-no-garlic dish one should try.

Recipe Card for ‘Kandhiaa Chakata’ :

Vegan, gluten free, without onion garlic dish, Kartika month special

Relish, Odia cuisine, Kandhiaa, SIde dish



Kandhiaa Chakata

Kandhiaa Chakata

a no-cook, sweet & sour relish using the fruit, Kandhiaa as a part of kartika month special from Odia cuisine

prep time: 5 Mcook time: total time: 5 M


  • Kandhiaa 1 no.
  • Green chili 1 no.
  • Red chili flakes (optional) 1/4 tsp
  • Sugar 1/2 tsp
  • Salt 1/2 tsp


How to cook Kandhiaa Chakata

  1. First cut the kandhiaa into half horizontally.
  2. Then it will easy to take out the outer green layer. Discard those layers.
  3. In a bowl, put the inner fleshes and squeeze & mash well.
  4. Add green chili and smash it in that bowl.
  5. Add sugar, salt and mix well.
  6. Finally add red chili flakes and serve with arua anna, dalma !


Red chili flakes is optional. If more spiciness is required then add this. Instead of this one can use some roughly powdered of roasted whole red chilies.

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  1. Archana

    Mere muh me pani aya just reading your description. Sounds so very yummy. Will love to taste it

  2. Vanitha

    Wow dear!! This is so simple yet I am sure lip smacking too! I have never enjoyed a fruit like this; is it something like grapefruit? Love it!

    1. Sasmita

      Thank you so much ! no It is not the grapefruit. Its kind of gondhoraj

  3. Indfused

    What a mouthwatering treat this is Sasmita! Is Kandhiya similar to sweet lemon? I love the spices you added to it…drooling here!

    1. Sasmita

      Ahaaaa thank you ! Sweet lemon we all call as Mosumbi. Both are similar in look, but taste wise both are different. Kandhiaa has mix of sweet n sour taste

  4. Mayuri Patel

    Not heard of this dish but it does look like a healthy and chatpata dish. Its so nice to learn about different traditions from different parts of India.

  5. Pavani

    Such an interesting traditional dish from Orissa. This is a totally new dish for me – so thank you for sharing in detail about the dish and also on how to make it.

  6. Sandhya Ramakrishnan
    Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    That is an awesome dish from Odia cuisine. I am just drooling reading the ingredients. What a simple dish and I am so happy to learn an authentic recipe from Orissa.

  7. Swati

    Looks so delish and chatpata, and I love the flavours here.. little sweet, tangy and spicy. I will love to have it with dal Chawal.

  8. Padma

    This dish is new to me but it sounds to be healthy as well as yummy with all the flavours going on there! I'm actually drooling imagining the flavour profile!

  9. Anshu

    Not heard of it before, but sounds so tongue-tickling packed with all the chatpata flavors. As we don't get this fruit here, would love to try it out with mausambi or sweet lime.

  10. Hayley

    My first thought, it looks like Mosambi, but I guess it's not. Loving all the flavours in this recipe. I believe this is packed with vitamin C, which we require a lot during this time of the year.

  11. jayashree

    This fruit is new to me Sasmita, would love to try it sometime, easy to make and looks tasty too.

  12. mildly indian

    When I saw the images I literally had my mouth flood in. I absolutely love it and miss it a lot.

  13. Poonam Bachhav

    Kandhia Chakata sounds like a lip smacking treat to me. Sour, sweet, spicy amd salty ,all in one go.

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