|Place of origin||India|
|Region or state||Odisha|
|Main ingredients||Rice flour, coconut, jaggery, black pepper, chhena|
Manda pitha (Odia: ମଣ୍ଡା ପିଠା) is a steamed pitha which is prepared in Odisha, India during festivals falling on monsoon and post-monsoon seasons like Manabasa Gurubara, Durga Puja, Kumar Purnima or Rakhi Purnima. The pitha resembles modak of Maharashtra and Kozhakkattai of South India. The name is derived from Odia word "Mandeiba" (Odia: ମଣ୍ଡେଇବା) means "to place" or "to put" or "to dump" it also suggests the action of putting rice bowl into the warm water "Mandeiba" to Manda peetha.
The outer covering consists of steamed rice flour and inner filling is of coconut, jaggery, black pepper and Chhena.
Making a manda pitha