Pithla (Spicy garbanzo bean flour gravy)- An authentic Maharashtrian delicacy
Recipe type: Mains
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 3-4
  • 250 grams Gram flour(besan)
  • 3 medium sized onions cut into lengths
  • ½ cup fresh coriander(cilantro)
  • 5-6 green chilies.You may choose to alter the quantity of chilies
  • ¼ th cup fresh grated coconut
  • 8-10 curry leaves
  • 1 and ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 12-15 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp roasted peanuts
  • 2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • Cooking Oil
  • Salt
  1. We will prepare Vaatan (Masala Paste).Put coriander leaves, green chilies, Garlic,cumin seeds, roasted peanuts,grated coconut in a grinder jar.
  2. Grind all ingredients into a fine paste.
  3. Heat 3 tbsp oil in a pan.Put curry leaves and onions.Fry onions till become brown.
  4. Meanwhile make a thin batter of gram flour.Put 2-3 cups of water and whisk to form a thin batter.
  5. Whisk to remove formation of any lumps.Add turmeric powder and whisk.
  6. Onions turn brown in about 10 mins.Now add Vaatan(Masala).Bhunao the Vaatan (Masala Paste).
  7. In process of Bhunao, you can use ½ cup water.Add salt to taste and Bhunao.
  8. Bhunao masala for 5-6 minutes.
  9. Now add Gram flour batter.Stir the batter as it is added.You can add more water if required.Amount of water added depends upon the desired final consistency which usually is thick.
  10. Cover and cook the pithla.In 4-5 minutes Pithla gets cooked and attains thicker consistency.
  11. Pithla is served with Bhakri or steamed rice
Recipe by Kali Mirch - by Smita at https://kalimirchbysmita.com/pithla/