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Haldi Pitha (ହଳଦୀ ପିଠା)

Ingredients:

  • Black gram (ବିରି ଡାଲି )1 cup 
  • rice rawa ( 3 cups )
  • coconut ( ନଡିଆ)1 no
  • sugar (ଚିନି) 5-6 tsp 
  • ghee (ଘିଅ) 1 tsp 
  • cardamom ( 1-2 nos )
  • turmeric leaves ( ହଲଦୀ ପତ୍ର)8-10 nos 
  • salt to taste (ଲୁଣ)

Method:

  •  Soak the black gram(ବିରି) for 5-6 hours. Grind into a fine paste.
  •  Soak the rawa for 1 hour. Squeeze out excess water. 
  • Add to the gram paste along with 1/2 tsp salt. Keep   overnight or 10-11 hours.
  • Grate the coconut or cut into big pieces and grind into a coarse paste in a grinder.
  • Heat a pan. Add 1 tsp ghee. Add the cardamon powder, grated coconut and sugar. Stir fry for 5-6 mins.Remove from the pan  and keep aside to cool.
  • Heat water in a idli maker/pressure cooker. Bring to a boil.
  • Wash the turmeric leafs. Take a blob of the batter and spread evenly on a turmeric leaf.
  • Spread 2-3 tsp of the coconut over the batter
  • Fold the leaf carefully and place on the idli stand.
  • Repeat the process for the remaining batter/leaves. The leaves can be stacked one over the other for 2-3 layers. Close the lid and steam for 15-20 mins. Remove from the stove.
  • Remove the turmeric leafss. Serve the pitha with ghee/sugar or dalma.


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