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Maharashtrian Besan Pitla or Spicy Chickpea Flour Mash

This is a perfect side for Bhakri (made with millet flour). Besan Pitla is a Maharashtrian dish made with chickpea flour. It's easy to make & very delicious.
Course accompaniment, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, Indian, Maharashtrian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 people

Ingredients

For the chickpea flour batter

To make Pitla

Instructions

To make the chickpea batter

  • In a deep bowl or vessel, add water, paprika and turmeric powder. Stir it all together till it dissolves in the water.
  • Then gradually add the roasted chickpea flour to it. Blend it in with a whisk and ensure there are no lumps formed.

To make Pitla

  • Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  • Once they begin to crackle, add chopped garlic and check till it becomes light golden.
  • Then add a finely chopped jalapeno along with chopped onions, paprika and turmeric powder.
  • Saute till the onions becomes translucent. Now add the flour batter to the pan and quickly mix it. Add salt too at this point.
  • Lower the flame and cook it covered for 5 minutes. The mixture will begin to thicken and become a lump. Once the mixture doesn't stick to the pan anymore, consider it done.
  • Garnish it with chopped cilantro.
  • Serve Maharashtrian Besan Pitla with bhakri (most preferred combo) but it tastes good with any bread or rice. Spread it on a bread and enjoy it like a sandwich or use it as a dip.

Notes

  • For this recipe, its advisable to use roasted chickpea flour as it gives more flavor and omits the raw flavor. Just heat a dry pan and add chickpea flour in it. Roast it for 2-4 minutes on low flame. Be careful to not burn it. You can even roast the flour in advance and store it in an airtight container.
  • This step is important - After adding the batter to the pan, the mixture will begin to thicken and become a lump. Once the mixture doesn't stick to the pan anymore, consider it done.
  • Add green chillies if a jalapeno is too much.
  • Adjust paprika based on your spice tolerance level.
  • Do not skip adding garlic, it gives this dish a nice flavor.