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Chitau Pitha


Chitau Pitha

About the Recipe

This Pitha makes its appearance in the Odia homes on the occasion of Chitalagi Amabasya, also known as Chitau Amabasya. Basic ingredients are rice and coconut. Tastes nice if served with chutney or khir (khiri).

Ingredients

500 gm rice (chaula)
1 coconut (nadia)
½ tea-spoon baking powder (baking powder)
1 cup milk (khira)
1 cup sugar (chini)
8 teaspoon ghee (ghia)
6 cardamom (aleicha)
Salt to taste (luna)

Method

Soak the rice in water for about 2 to 3 hours. Grate the coconut. Grind the cardamom. Wash the rice properly and then add milk and coconut to it. Grind the mixture of rice , milk and grated coconut to form a batter. Add sugar, baking powder, cardamom powder and salt to it and thoroughly whip the same. Then keep the batter aside for 2 hours. Pre-heat the frying pan with ½ tea-spoon ghee. After the pan is heated put 2 table-spoon of batter and spread to give it the shape of a pancake. Cover the lead. Put the pan on low flame for about 2 minutes. Thereafter open the lid and take out delicious Chitau Pitha. This way you may prepare the pithas one after another, and serve hot soon after preparing the same This pitha is offered to Lord Jagannath in Puja on Chitalagi Amabasya.

Contributed by

Sujata Satpathy



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