Sidho kuli pitha is an essential part of the Bengali Sweet Platter prepared mostly during Makar Sankranti. It is basically steamed rice flour dumplings stuffed with a creamy coconut filling. These pitha are very healthy as they are steamed and no additional fat is used. Even though a bit time consuming, the pithas taste really yumm!!
Preparation Time : 60 minutes
Makes : 20-25 pithas
Coconut / Nariyal / Narikol : 1, grated
Milk / Dudh / Gakhir : 1 cup
Rice flour / Chawal or guri : 4 Cups
Sugar / Chenni : 1 and 1/2 Cup
Cardamom / Elaichi powder : 1/2 teaspoon
Salt : 1/4 teaspoon
Water as required
Refined oil for greasing
Heat a pan or kadhai. Add the grated coconut, cardamom powder and sugar. Sauté constantly on medium flame until the mixture gets sticky. Add the milk. Mix well and cook till the milk evaporates completely. Turn off the flame and keep aside. This is the filling for your dumplings.
In another pan, boil 2 cups of water and add the salt. Slowly stir in the rice flour and mix well so that no lumps are formed. Keep on stirring till you get a dough like consistency. Remove from flame. Allow the dough to cool. Now take out the dough in a clean surface and knead until the dough is soft and smooth.
Make small balls out of the dough and roll it in the shape of Puri. Place a teaspoon of the the filling in the centre of puri and seal it properly by giving it a half moon shape and sealing the sides by pinching and locking from one end to another. Prepare all the pithas accordingly.
Now heat water in a saucepan or kadhai and put a colander or sieve with a cover. Allow steam to get formed. You can also use a momo or idli steamer for this purpose. Allow the pithas to get steamed for 5 minutes. Remove from steam.
Your Sidho Kuli Pitha is ready. Serve warm or at room temperature with a cup of tea or coffee. * Consume with 2 days.