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 Published 2019-Sep-23   Updated 2019-Sep-24

- submitted by Trupti

(Pithala Bhaat, Besan Curry)

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Pithla is an authentic Maharashtrian recipe. Pitla is spicy semi-solid Besan curry. It  can be made  with easily available ingredients at home, it’s a quick and healthy recipe. It tastes awesome with any type of Bhakri or piping hot rice.

Recipe for Pithla

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4


  • Besan (gram flour) - 1/2 cup
  • Water (adjust according to consistency) - 3.5 to 4 cups
  • Onion - 1 medium (chopped)
  • Garlic - 7 to 8 cloves (crushed, do not make paste)
  • Green chilli - 3 to 4
  • Curry Leaves (Kaddipatta) - 1 string
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida (hing) - 1/4 tsp
  • Oil - 2 to 3 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves and Grated Ginger for seasoning

Maharashtrian Pithla Ingredients


  1. Take Besan in a bowl and add 1/2 cup of water and mix well. No lumps should be formed, this is most important.
  2. Add more 1/2 cup water mix and keep aside for 4-5 minutes
  3. Take a saucepan and heat oil. Temper with mustard seeds, cumin seeds (jeera), asafoetida (hing), turmeric powder, curry leaves (kaddipatta), green chillies and crushed garlic. Saute for 2 minutes.
  4. Later add chopped onions and fry.
  5. Now add the besan mixture, add more 2 cups of water and keep stirring. Add salt when pithla is in liquid form itself.
  6. Keep stirring and cook for 3-4 minutes till it starts thickening. The curry should be in a semi solid consistency.

    Maharashtrian Pithla Steps

  7. Switch off the gas stove and garnish it with coriander and ginger.


  • You can even mix besan with sour thin buttermilk. It gives a nice taste.

Servng Pithla

  • Serve hot with bhakri or piping hot rice accompanied with mirchi thecha or sandge mirchi and papad.

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