Sunday, November 29, 2009

Pathishapta Pitha

Pathishapta is a Bengali sweet dish. I got to know this from a Bengali aunty staying in our flat. She is a great cook and manages to make this every week. She has now gone back to Calcutta. So I decided to find out how to actually make this dish in the internet. But the only problem was I did not know what it was called. I did a search for 'Bengali Sweet - Coconut Filling' and I had a look at some of the recipes. I finally found out that I was eating Pathishapta all this while.

Pitha is usually prepared during Poush Parbon. Makar Sankranthi marks the end of the Bengali month Poush. The original recipe is here. Here we go with my version:


Ingredients

For the Batter

All purpose flour or Maida - 2 cups
Rice flour - 2 tbsp
Baking Powder - 1/2 tsp
Milk - 1 cup

For the Filling

Grated coconut - 2 cups
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Cream - 2 tbsp
Cardamom - 1/4 tbsp
Raisins - 10
Ghee - 1 tbsp

Preparation

Mix all the batter ingredients and let it stand for 30 minutes. Make sure that the batter is smooth without any lumps. The batter should be free flowing.

Heat a frying pan. Add ghee and fry the raisins. Add coconut, sugar, cream and cardamom. Keep stirring it constantly and you will notice that the mixture would have loosened. as the sugar starts to melt. Keep stirring for 1-2 minutes to ensure that the mixture comes together. (Note: The mixture will tend to harden after you remove from the stove. So if the mixture is watery it is ok).

Make small dosas / pancakes / crepes out of the batter in a tava. Keep the filling lengthwise and fold it from both sides. The crepes are done when it is light brown.

Pathishapta is ready and yummy!!!

4 comments:

jayasree said...

This Bengali sweet is new to me though I knew quite a few of them.

Sounds easy and ideal for a tea time snack.

Valarmathi said...

Wow..this looks very yummy.

lata raja said...

Thank you Ramya for stopping by and leaving a word.I am happy that you liked the post.I have never tried this sweet. Now this seems easy to make. Thank you for sharing.

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

This sweet is completely new to me. Great blog Ramya..Happy Blogging!!

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