Life. The rat race of getting the tastiest cheese. We finish school thinking that the college life would bring us some peace. College time went and we thought a degree might hand us an edge in the outside world. And after several to’s and fro’s we all finally end up in one place touted to be one of the busiest cities in the world – Namma Bengaluru.
The cool climate, the busy roads, the ever confused engineers, the big sky scrapers and the small food joints, that’s Bengaluru for you. Being the silicon valley, the city has been home to people from all around the country, from the farthest north-east to the Marathas of amchi Mumbai, from the Jats of Haryana to the Bengalis from kolkatta ,the city has opened arms to everyone. Trust me when i say this, Odia’s do comprise a large chunk of the hefty population of this beautiful city. Primarily based in Marathalli , Kormangala, Indiranagar and HSR , be assured to find an odia in almost every food shop you visit.
But with a food habit that comprised of dahivada, rasabali, puri khaja, chakuli pitha, it was tough for the people to get acquainted to the sambar and chatni appetite of the city. The trouble of not finding a proper sweet shop of our choice in the vicinity and a urge for the home food gave birth to one of the most tastiest food joints in the city. 56 bhog. Based on the sidelines of the iconic “Chappan Bhog “ of lord Jaganath , the small outlet owned by a few sweet chefs, is situated right beside the Lord Jagannath Temple in the Agara Junction. The outlet started off as a one stop shop for people longing for the tastiest sweets from their own city, but it started catering a lot more variety of stuffs to satisfy the ever hungry Odia stomach. Some of the most iconic dishes from the state are presented here for the public’s offering.
The Chena Poda
One of the most sought after sweet dishes of the state, chena poda basically comprises of dried cheese mixed with fine powdered sugar and baked in a wood fired and charcoal oven till is outer cover is hard and baked. A piece of the sweet when it’s hot and smoky will make you long of it even more.
The Khira (milk) Gaja
Made out of Maida mixed with a little of khoya, to make it softer, shaped into any of our desired shapes (milk cakes), fried in oil and then dipped in the sugar syrup or the chashni. A perfect gaja is the one where the juicy taste of the syrup and the cake bulges out just with the right proportion and the softness making it one of the most tastiest dishes of all times.
Small cheese balls made with dried cheese and powdered sugar does catch your eye for being extremely cute. A solution of condensed milk heated to the right time for making it a little thicker act as the resting place for those small enchanted drops of nectar with a pinch of kesar for the garnishing.. My personal favourite, the Rasabali is a compulsory addition to any food platter with the expectation of a royal taste.
It is tough to summarise all those delicacies that the place has to offer , but 56 Bhog does mark a definitive position in the map of Bengaluru , making it one of the most visited places for not only the Odia’s stationed here but even for people from all around the city.
With expansion of the joint due and the hope of catering to a wider lot of people, CHAPPAN BHOG, has its eyes set on bigger dreams. With the odia thali and a number of snacks rolling out for service, the people at helm of this joint are making sure that none of its customers go with a half filled stomach. After all PET PUJA is the biggest form of worship 😉 isn’t it ??
Taste: 4.5 on 5
Ambience: 3 on 5
Location: 4 on 5
Quality: 4.5 on 5
Overall: 4 on 5
Location: Agara Junction , NEAR Jagannath Temple , Bengaluru