Saturday, April 12, 2014

Daal Pitha - Jharkhand Special

BM # 39
Day : 12
State: Jharkhand

 Jharkhand has been carved out of Bihar and so its cuisine is quite similar to that of Bihar. On the 11th day we are cooking from Jharkhand.

Rice, Daal, Tarkari, Bhujia is their main meal. Generally they have a vegetarian meal, but they have some non veg delicacies too.

Mustard oil is the main medium of cooking.Paanch Phutana or Paanch Poran which is a spice mix is generally used to season the various vegetables. The name Paanch is for the number five . This is a mix of five spices, mustard, cumin, fennel, fenugreek and nigella seeds.This spice mix gives a new dimension to the dishes .

The people of Jharkhand are fond of pickles and chutneys.They also relish snacks like Pakodas, chaats, Gup Chup, This is another name given to our famous Paani Poori.

They are also fond of sweets like Kheers, Balu shahi, Jalebi, Peda .

While cooking from this state I had asked my mom’s house boy as to what they eat in Jharkhand, since he is from there. He is from the tribal part so suggested a pitha. So here I am with a Pitha recipe from this state.I made Daal Pitha, and used Urad daal as the stuffing.

Daal Pitha
1 cup rice flour
Warm water for binding the flour
Bind the rice flour using warm water.
Cover and leave it to rest for 10 – 15 minutes.

1 cup urad daal
1 tsp paanch poran
1 tsp green chilly, finely chopped
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves, finely chopped

Soak urad daal for 2-3 hours.
Grind coarsely.
Using a non stick pan, heat 2 tbsp oil.
Add the paanch poran and green chilly.
Add the ground daal.
Roast the daal till there is no stickiness.
Add salt and coriander leaves.
Mix well.

How to go about
Make small balls from the dough.
Roll them to a disc of 3’’.
Place the stuffing in th center and bring the sides together.
This shall form a semi circle.
Place a pot of water to boil.
Slowly add the prepared pithas in the  boiling water.
Let them cook for 10 – 15 minutes.
Remove with a slotted spoon.

Heat oil in a non stick pan.
Add cumin seeds .
Add the pithas.
Toss well and serve .

Alternately one can fry these pithas too.

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  1. Those daal pithas are so nicely done!

  2. delicious pithas... so many pithas today!!!

  3. delicious pithas.... so many pithas today!!

  4. Omg, one more pitha am bookmarking..Seriously i want to munch some daal pithas.

  5. Same pinch,I too made the pitha but different stuffing,your version sounds inviting..

  6. The pitha look so good. Must try them.

  7. Very cute pithas ! I like the savoury version !

  8. interesting stuffing.. looks just like our kozhukattais.. perfectly made

  9. Such a wonderful snack. Love to have a bite...

  10. A healthy snack and sounds very authentic too.

  11. Pithas look perfectly made. Very healthy and delicious.

  12. Pithas look perfect. I like this version better than the deep fried version. Tempering at must give the pithas an added flavor

  13. So lucky that you could find some natives to guide you with the recipes! And this looks so healthy and yum!

  14. urad dal stuffing is very interesting for this pitha , looks yumm and so very healthy !!

  15. Guilt-free and filling snack. I have earlier tried a Tamilian version of these and had loved them.