Organic Besan Pithla - Authentic Maharashtrian Recipe

Organic Pithla - Maharashtrian Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 35 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour


  • Oil - 2 tablespoon
  • Organic Besan -1 small cup (You can take about 4-5 tablespoon or 150 to 200 gms)
  • Mustard seeds - 1/4th teaspoon
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4th teaspoon
  • Asafoetida - a pinch
  • Curry leaves - 5-7 (optional)
  • 1 large Onion - finely chopped
  • 1 Green chilies - chopped
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic - chopped
  • Organic Tumeric - 1/4th teaspoon
  • Cumin-Coconut powder - 2 teaspoons (optional)
  • Water - 3-4 cups 
  • Salt - to taste
  • Coriander - 2 tablespoon finely chopped (optional)

How to make Authentic Maharashtrian Pithla?

Step 1 - Prepare the Besan

  1. In a big bowl, take 2 cups of water and add 1 cup of Organic besan
  2. Mix properly. You can use a whisker here

Step 2 - Make the tempering

  1. Heat the oil in a kadhai
  2. Once hot, add the mustard seeds and let them crackle
  3. Add asafoetida, green chilies and curry leaves
  4. Add the Organic Turmeric and garlic
  5. Add the onions and saute till golden brown

Step 3 - Mixing the Pithla

  1. Now add the besan paste in the onion tempering and stir continuously. You can add one cup of water here to thin down the pithla.
  2. Add the cumin-coconut powder and salt. Stir well
  3. You will see that the Pithla starts to bubble when it is boiling. You can cover your lid
  4. Cook the besan paste for 4-5 minutes. Stir after every 2 minutes
  5. Adjust consistency with water.
  6. Add the coriander leaves and serve with Bhakri or Indrayani rice

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