Monday, September 8, 2014

Pithi | Peethi | Pitha | Lentil Filled Rice Flour Dumplings #Bihari Kitchen #Vegan

Its been ages since I made any steamed food. After our move, I had parked our steamer away in the back of my pantry. But with the coming of the festival season, we are all craving snacks! This year I decided to begin with making steamed snacks. I began with some Dhokla and the next on my list to make was Pithi | Peethi | Lentil Filled Rice Dumplings.

These Dumplings are a breeze to make and they are totally worth it. They are delicious, healthy, and could be the definition of guilt free snacking. Everyone who has tried them loved them. They are also a great snack for the kids. We enjoyed them warm with some great cilantro chutney.

11/3 cup rice flour
11/3 cup water
1 tsp oil

For the Filling:
1 cup chana dal (Bengal Gram Flour)
1 green chili
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped fine
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp ginger
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp oil
Pinch hing

  1. Soak the chana dal in plenty of water overnight.
  2. Next day drain water completely and wash properly.
  3. Grind the dal with the ginger, garlic, cumin, green chili, and salt to taste.
  4. Make a coarse paste. Add the chopped cilantro and remove onto a bowl. 
  5. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan. Add the hing. then the dal paste.
  6. Stir continuously and cook on a medium heat for 10 minutes.
  7. Turn off the heat and cool completely.
  8. To make the dumpling dough, boil the water in a saucepan.
  9. Add a tea spoon of oil, turn off the heat.
  10. Now add the rice flour, cover pan and leave for 5 minutes.
  11. Now using a fork, mix the flour into the water to form a lump free mix.
  12. Allow to cool for 10 minutes or until you are able to handle it.
  13. Remove onto a greased plate and form into a very soft, non sticky dough by hand.
  14. Cover with a damp cloth and set aside until ready for use.
  15. Divide the dough into small walnut sized balls.
  16. Place a ball between the palms of your hand. Flatten, then press from the center outwards until you get a disc about 21/2 to 3 inches wide.
  17. Place some dal mixture in the center of the disc, fold over the filling, then seal the edges.
  18. Repeat for the the dough balls.
  19. Prepare your steamer, place the Pithi onto the steamer tray.
  20. Steam for 20-25 minutes.
  21. Remove tray from steamer, enjoy Pithi warm with green chutney. 
Vegan Recipe, Dairy Free Recipe, Nut Free Recipe

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  1. Hi,
    My eldest sis too prepares rice dumplings in this fashion but those dumplings are really cute.
    Rice flour gives such a bright and refreshing look to any steamed food.

  2. Thanks Rashida! They are really yummy too:)

  3. Very tempting dumplings!Definitely going to try them.


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