We come to Jharkhand and I have their special Daal Pithas served with Tomato Chutney. As I said in my Bihar post
, I got both Bihar and this from my colleague. The moment it was decided to make Indian State food, I was after her to get me rare dishes. So she was literally breaking her head, because everything she suggested, I said I knew or have already made.
She suddenly remembered these Pithas that her Mom makes. The speciality of these are that, these are served for breakfast or as snack or as dinner as well. Only the size, shapes differ, depending on what time of the day you are serving this. For snacks, her mom makes this as very small balls, both steamed, boiled or deep fried. The deep fried versions are simply popped in and munched.
The Pithas that are served for the dinner, are mostly very huge or big ones. That you are sated with just 2 -3 pithas. And as with typical of Bihar cuisine, green chilies are used more than Red chilies or red chili powder. Infact my colleague says she got used to adding chili powder only after coming down south.
For a trial round, and for the fact I reminded so much of her home town, she made these and got me to see if I would like the taste. I right away said these taste just like our Kozhukattai.
Anyway, this was not the time to air such thoughts right. So went ahead short-listing these Daal Pithas. The best part is that, these pithas are served with this simple tomato chutney that's just like the Salsa
that's made in Mexican cuisine.
Both the combination was so good, I really wasn't expecting it to be so good. Knowing that Hubby dear may not like this, I had made another dinner for him, while we enjoyed this feast. I was trilled when I took these for my colleague to taste next day, she loved it and said I got it exactly like how they make.
How to make Daal Pitha
How to make the Daal Stuffing
Raw Rice flour – 1 cup
Water – 1 & ½ cup
Salt to taste
For the Stuffing
Chana daal – 1 cup (soaked in water for 3 hrs)
Cumin seeds – 2 tsp
Garlic - 3 -4 big cloves
Green Chilli - 3 long
Salt – as per taste
Oil – as required for greasing hands and steaming vessel + 1 tbsp for seasoning
How to make the Daal Pitha
For the Outer Rice layer
Heat a pan with water with salt added. When the water starts boiling, simmer and add rice flour and quickly stir everything together. Even if there are lumps, it’s alright.
Cook till everything blends together and keep it covered.
When it cools down, take it and with your hands knead it to a soft dough. Always keep it covered with a muslin cloth so that the dough doesn’t get dried up.
For the Chana Dal stuffing
Wash and soak the chana dal in water for atleast 3 -4 hrs. Once it is soaked well. drain the water and take it in a mixer.
Add chopped green chilies, garlic, salt and cumin seeds. Grind it to a paste, making sure the dal is not complete a paste, you can let it be a bit coarse.
Heat a pan with a tsp oil, saute the ground dal mix and cook it for couple minutes, making sure the stuffing is not burnt but cooked well. The paste should still be moist.
To make the Pithas
Divide the dough into equal balls, with greased hands, Flatten the balls, with sides thin and centre thicker, place the dal mixture and enclose it completely.
Fold it to make gujiya/kajjikaya like shape. Work the seam with oiled hands so as to get smooth edges. Or you can make it as Kozhukattai
Steam these pithas in a greased steamer till the daal filling gets cooked and knife comes out clean.
Take out the pithas from the steamer and let cool.
These can be served as such once it is cooled to handle. Or you can cut through them and serve as bite size pieces.
You can saute these in tadka of oil, jeera and serve with Tomato chutney or Green chutney.
The similarities this recipe has with other states, can be directed to the Ulundhu Kozhukattai
made in Tamil Nadu
And very much like the sweet Kudumulu or Kozhukattai
Roasted Tomato Chutney
Tomatoes - 1 big
Onions - 1 medium
Green chilies - 3 -4 medium
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp
How to make the Tomato chutney
Wash and pat dry the tomato. Grease it with oil. Over open flame, roast it well. Once it cools down, remove the charred skin.
Finely chop the tomatoes, along with green chilies, onions, coriander leaves.
In a bowl, take all the ingredients and mix well with hand, blending the oil, salt into the vegetables.
Serve it with Daal Pitha.
The stuffing can be made and refrigerated for couple of days and making the dough is very quick as well. These really work out well as an evening snack.
I selected this because there is not much of special Bread in Jharkhand other than the regular rotis or pooris. Since this forms their staple food, this surely fits my bill!