Pithas are an integral part of Oriya cooking. I’m not too sure how to describe pithas! They’re normally made out of rice flour and sometimes wheat flour. Sometimes, pithas have a kind of a stuffing – sweet or spicy. Sometimes, they are fried or they are steamed. Some are served with syrup! They are so many different kinds of pithas and I don’t even know half their names. The pitha that we often have at home is chakuli pitha, which is the Oriya version of a dosa.
Today, I’m going to share the recipe for Chitau Pitha, which my mom made for dinner last night. Trust me, I have no idea how to make this so this post is going to help me learn the recipe as well!
What you need:
- 500 grams of rice
- 1 coconut grated
- 1/4 tsp Baking powder
- Wash the rice and let it soak in water for 3 hours.
- Grind the grated coconut and the rice together. Add water as required.
- Add the baking soda and a bit of salt as per taste.
- Heat a wok on a high flame.
- Pour in a big serving and cover with a lid.
- Pour 1 tsp of water over the lid and let it steam for about a minute.
- Take it out and it’s ready to serve!
You can eat chitau pitha with any kind of curry that you might like. We had chitau pita with Ghanta curry, which is an Oriya dish that has a lot of vegetables. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of it but next time, I will share some Oriya curries.
Chitau pithas are really healthy and at home, we make them without oil or ghee. For a change from the usual rotis and rice, try the chitau pitha! Let me know if you’ve ever had chitau pitha or you are planning to try this recipe!