This will take you back into Maharashtrian farms!! It feels heavenly to have this along with Bhakri, the most common roti eaten by Rural Maharashtra!!! This is one of the motivation for us to visit farms during India trip:)! 

Serves: 2
Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Complexity: Easy



  • Besan [gram flour]- 1cup
  • Chopped onions – 3
  • Red chilly powder – 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Chopped fresh coriander leaves – 1 tbsp
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Garlic paste – 2 tsp
  • A pinch asafetida
  • Salt to taste


  1. Heat oil in a kadai. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves
  2. Then add grated garlic and cook until the garlic changes to light brown
  3. Add onions and fry till they become translucent.
  4. Then add 2 cups of water. When water is boiled add turmeric powder, chili powder, salt, chopped coriander
  6. Add besan slowly using left hand and continue mixing using right hand [in parallel]
  7. Mix well and cook for 5 minutes
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  9. Cover the lid and cook for another 2 mins on low flame
  10. Pitla is ready
  11. This makes an amazing combination with “Bhakri, The famous Maharashtrian roti” & Buttermilk

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