A yummy treat for the boring day.
This is my go to recipe on the days when I open our refrigerator and none of my favourite vegetables feel exciting. I want something interesting and tasty but don’t wish to cook any vegetable or even meat. It has to be quick and yummy as well. And then I turn to the pantry and without doubt remove the jar with besan in it. It is so easy to make and practically doesn’t take more than 10 minutes from start to serving on the plate. That’s Pithala – you can devour it with fulka, bhakari or also steam rice.
- Besan – 3 tablespoon
- Onion – 1 small, finely chopped
- Garlic – 5 to 6 cloves, crushed
- Green Chilly – 1, chopped
- Karipatta – 7 to 8
- Rai – 1 teaspoon
- MOMmade Haldi Powder – Half teaspoon
- Hing – a pinch
- Salt to taste
- Water, enough to make besan paste and cook the pithala
Take one tablespoon oil in a pan. Add rai and let it crackle. Add hing, Karipatta, garlic and chilly pieces. Let them fry for 40 seconds. And add onions. Fry them for a minute.
Add MOMmade Haldi Powder and Salt to taste. Salt when added to onions helps in making the onions nicely tender. As the onions are cooking, make besan paste by adding water. Add water slowly so that there are no lumps. Add enough water for the pithala to cook through and maintain a thin or thick consistency of your choice. I added almost a glass of water. Once mixed well, add the besan paste to the pan and mix everything well.
Cover and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Make sure you remove all the rawness of the besan. Check the consistency. If it is too thick you can add a little warm water and mix with a whisker. If it is too thin let it cook for some more minutes without keeping any cover.
And the awesomely tasty pithla is ready. Serve it hot with fulka, bhakari or even rice. The funny thing about pithala and my home was, we would ask my mom or dadi to let the pithala stay in kadhai for some more time without stirring. So that the base of the pithala sticks to the kadhai. Then once the pithala was served, we kids would remove the stuck part which is called as ‘kharad’ and enjoy it just like that. There was a heavy competition to get the ‘Kharad’.
So what you are bored to eat any vegetable. So what your refrigerator is empty owing to your busy schedule. You can still give yourself a yummy treat without spending money on ordering food from outside which is again undoubtedly unhealthy. Remember ‘Yumminess Everyday‘.
BE YUMMY. BE HEALTHY.
I am Manasi Khandpekar, the founder of MOMmade along with my mom. She is the backbone while I enjoy being the face. Travelling from graphic design to brand communication to creating a brand of my own was a journey of learnings and excitement. The world of food fascinates me everyday. And thats where I am living every moment right now. Writing is another passion so food plus writing gave birth to this blog.