Khira Gaintha – An Authentic Odiya Sweet Dish

Khira Gaintha is yet another famous authentic sweet dish from the state of Odisha. It’s prepared as offering during most Odiya festivals.

Khira in Odiya means milk and gaintha means dumplings. In this dish we prepare dumplings out of rice flour and then cook those in milk.

Read on for the recipe of this delicious sweet dish.


  1. Rice flour – 1 cup
  2. Water – 3 cups
  3. Salt – a pinch
  4. Milk – 3 cups
  5. Sugar – as per taste
  6. Cardamom powder – 1 tsp
  7. Bay leaves – 2
  8. Grated coconut (fresh or dessicated) – 1/2 cup
  9. Crushed pistachios for garnishing

Method of Preparation:

  1. Mix water at room temperature and rice flour together so that no lumps are formed. Add pinch of salt to this mixture.
  2. Heat pan and pour this mixture into the pan.
  3. On low to medium flame, stir continuously till the mixture turns to a thick mass.
  4. Switch off flame and let it cool down little bit.
  5. Wet your palms with water and make slightly elongated shaped small dumplings.
  6. Now in a pan heat milk. Let it boil for few minutes.
  7. Add sugar, cardamom powder and bay leaves. Let it boil for few more minutes.
  8. Now add the dumplings slowly into the milk.
  9. Let the dumplings boil in milk for 10 minutes over low flame.
  10. Now add grated coconut. Mix everything carefully.
  11. Let it simmer for few more minutes.
  12. Switch off flame. Take out in a serving bowl, garnish with crushed pistachios and serve. Better served chilled.

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