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The home-made taste of Maharashtra: Pitla

These last days I’m not posting new content due to lack of Internet and also because my phone kind of died and came back to life… Several times. Funny thing is that my girlfriend Eugenia, who stays in India volunteering until I come back, had the great idea to write a post about a marathi recipe that we tried and loved a couple of months ago and she learned how to cook it. I leave you guys with it!

Travelling around India for sure you will not get bored at the table. In fact, you will have the chance to try thousands of really different dishes.

In every state, region, city and even village you can discover new recipes that you never heard about before. Meanwhile we were in the state of Maharashtra, hosted by an amazing girl who we met through Couchsurfing, thanks to her mother I had the possibility to learn a typical dish from their state. Even if it’s not so known as others Indian recipes, is really tasty and moreover, easy and fast to prepare.

The name of this plate is Pitla, and down here you can find the ingredients and the recipe so you can also prepare it at home!

 

    Ingredients for 4 people:

  • 1 big onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup of lentils flour
  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 green chillies (or red chilli powder).
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

 

    Spices:

  • Coriander
  • Turmeric
  • Half teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • Half teaspoon of mustard seeds
[ In the ingredients or spices that are not specify the quantities, you should just add to taste ]

 

    How to cook it:

  1. Take a frying pan or even better, a wok, in case you have and put on the fire to warm up some olive oil.
  2. Meanwhile the pan is on the fire, chop the garlic and the green chillies and add it to the oil. (If you use the red chilli powder, instead of the green one, you should add it later with the other spices)
  3. Leave it browning for a minute so the oil will take flavour and in the meantime cut the coriander and chop the onion.
  4. Now it’s time for the spices: Add the cumin seeds, the mustard seeds, the coriander and the turmeric, which will give colour to your plate. (If you didn’t use the green chillies, now is the moment to add the red one)
  5. Leave the spices getting cooked a little and after add the onion and salt, as consumer’s taste.
  6. When the onion is cooked, add 2 cups of water.
  7. Wait until that the water is boiling and then incorporate a cup of lentil flour but be careful that the flour doesn’t make clumps! In order to avoid it, you should stir it fast (being two people is easier: while one is adding the flour, the other can easily mix it) and also you can help yourself with a cullender.
  8. After this, keep the pan on the fire until the flour is fully cooked. You will know when the moment arrives because it will get more dense, more or less like cream.

 
Once ready you can eat it without anything else or if you want a complete and typical marathi meal, you can serve it combined with white rice and/or the traditional north Indian bread, chapati.

Now, just enjoy your Indian meal !

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