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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Enduri Pitha ( Haldi Patra pitha, Also known as Patholi in Maharashtra)


















Cooking Time Required: 30 mins
Cost of Preparation: 25-30 rupees
Makes 8-10 pithas.

Ingredients: Black gram ( beeri dali, 1 cup ), rice rawa ( 3 cups ), coconut ( 1 no. ), sugar ( 5-6 tsp ), ghee ( 1 tsp ), cardamom ( 1-2 nos ), turmeric leaves ( 8-10 nos ), salt, refine oil for greasing the leaves.

Preparation: Soak the black gram 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.

Cooking: Heat a wok. Add 1 tsp ghee. Add the cardamon powder, grated coconut and sugar. Stir fry for 5-6 mins. Remove from the wok and keep aside to cool.

Heat water in a idli maker/pressure cooker. Bring to a boil.

Wash the turmeric leaves. Add 2-3 drops of oil and smear it all over each leaf. Take a blob of the batter and spread evenly on the 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 leaves. Serve the pitha with ghee/sugar or dalma. Sada enduri ( without the sweet stuffing ) is very popular with Mutton Jholo or Mutton Kasa.


























Note : Enduri Pitha is traditionally prepared during Prathamastami, a festival during which mothers offer prayers for their first-born. Enduri pitha is also called 'Haldi patra pitha' in some parts of orissa, especially in Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Bargarh districts. Prathamastami also marks the day when people first start making 'Badis' . The first batch of Badis are worshipped with 'Doob' grass and vermilion (sindoor). Usually people lay badis in these winter months (November-January) and store it for usage during the entire year. This is because the low temperature and mild sun ensure that the badis dry up evenly without cracking up at places.

In some parts of Orissa, like Cuttack or the nearby areas, seven pieces of Enduri pitha are offered to the God  while other areas offer seven pieces of Chakuli as the prasad. The first born child is decked up in new clothes, chandan/sindoor is applied on his/her forehead and 'Aarti' is done with arwa rice, doob grass, flowers and an Deepam (lamp) .

Usually raw rice (aruwa) is used instead of rice rawa. The rice to black gram proportion is kept 2:1 . Rawa is used to cut down on the preparation time and simplify the dish without compromising on the taste.

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