Manda Pitha is Odisha’s traditional pitha which is made of rice flour and is steamed with coconut filling. Singh Aunty introduced this pitha to Maa and since it is super easy to prepare, Maa makes it often. Just with some basic ingredients, this is a super delicious option if you are looking for a real quick recipe of pitha. Maa learned it from Singh Aunty and I learned it from Maa.
From past few days, I have been preparing Pitha with jaggery syrup (Gokul Pitha) and milk (Dudh Puli). Today, I though of trying something different and that very moment the idea of Manda Pitha clicked. I called Maa and got a quick brush up. But, my inquisitive mind was restless and thinking of doing something different. And as the outcome of this restlessness, I dared to give this traditional recipe a twist. My intention was to create a new variation of this super tasty Pitha and I think, I did the justice. My twist is very simple – I have just added cinnamon powder and grated ginger – and these two basic ingredients have made it completely different in taste.
Here’s the recipe of my Manda Pitha with Cinnamon-Ginger Twist:
- 1.5 cup grated coconut
- 3/4 cup patali gur (date palm jaggery)
- 1 tablespoon grated ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ghee
For The Dough:
- 1.5 cup rice flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- hot water (as required to knead a soft and smooth dough)
- Heat a pan and add all the ingredients mentioned in For Stuffing section (except ghee). On a low flame, stir until the ingredients mix properly and the coconut is little fried.
- The stuffing should be sticky such that if you compress, it should stick together. Once it’s done, add ghee and give a quick mix. Remove it from the flame and keep aside.
- For the dough, mix all the ingredients as mentioned in For The Dough section together and knead a smooth dough.
- Cut small balls from the dough. With the help of your fingers, press the balls to make bowl shapes.
- Now, stuff them with coconut stuffing and seal the edges to make stuffed round dumplings.
- Boil water in the steamer. Once the water starts boiling, lower the flame.
- In a greased steamer pan, place the dumplings and cover the lid. Steam the dumplings for 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes, check if the dumplings are properly cooked. Check the dumplings and if they are sticky, it’s not done. In that case, steam for another 5-6 minutes.
- Check again by touching the dumplings. If your finger comes clean, the Pitha is done.
Serve it hot and enjoy this traditional Odisha delicacy with my twist 🙂 I hope you will like it.
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