- 1 & a half cup rice (chaula)
- 1 cup black gram (biri)
- 1 cup scrubbed coconut (nadia kora)
- 100 gm cottage cheese (chhena)
- 150 gm jaggery (guda)
- 3 small cardamoms (gujurati / aleicha)
- 6 peppercorns (golmaricha)
- Green turmeric leaves (haladi patra)
- Salt to taste (luna)
Soak rice and blackgram for about 4 hours.
Use only the skinless blackgram for the purpose.
Wash the same thoroughly and then grind into thick batter. It need not be a very fine paste.
Grind leaving a little coarseness in the rice. Whip well. Leave the batter for fermenting for about 8 hours. Add salt and mix well.
Now to prepare the stuffing, place a frying pan on medium flame. Put the scrubbed coconut, cottage chheese and jaggery. Stir and fry till it becomes a little dry. Add powdered cardamom and blackpepper. Mix well and keep aside.
Now to prepare pitha take one whole green turmeric leaf (If the leaf is of bigger size you may trim it). Put a little batter on the leaf and flatten the same. Then put the required quantity of stuffing on the batter and fold the turmeric leaf lenghwise in such a way that the stuffing gets sandwitched in between two layers of batter. Tie a thread around the folded leaf to keep it secured. Now we are going to steam it in the traditional way. It is similar to the way we steam idli. But the round shaped moulds found in idli stands won’t do. Because our pitha is long shaped. So if you are using an idli stand instead of using the round shaped moulds make suitable modifications. Other wise to follow an age-old Oriya method take a wide mothed pot. Fill it upto half with water. Then tie a muslin cloth tightly around its mouth. Carefully place the tied leaf containing stuffed batter on the cloth. Cover it with a concave lid. Steam it till done and fork comes out clean. This way go on steaming pithas one after another.
Serve the pitha with ghee/sugar or dalma.