I owe this recipe credits to my Mother in law! She makes the most soft and delicious Pithas. This pitha is also known as Tekeli Pitha. Basically these Pithas are steamed Rice cakes steamed in a Kettle or an earthen pot from where it has derived it’s name from. Native to Assam this Pitha is also prepared in different parts of India with variations of Sweet and savoury! Try out this traditional pitha recipe and treat your family!
Preparation Time : 30 minutes
Serves : 4-6 persons, Makes : 7-8 Pithas
Rice : 2 cups
Coconut : 2 cups, freshly grated
Sugar * : 5 tablespoons
* You can also replace it with the same amount of grated Gur or Jaggery or 1/2 teaspoon of salt if you want a savoury sugarfree pitha
Salt : a pinch
Water as required
In a big bowl, soak the rice in around 5 cups of water for 1 hour. Wash and drain excess water by letting the water dry over a newspaper or muslin cloth for around 30 minutes. Make sure that the water is not completely dried off or do not leave the rice to dry in the sun or below the fan. Keep it in a cool dry paste.
Now grind it carefully in a mixer grinder to get a fine powder. Traditionally the rice is pounded in a Ural or Dheki as known in Assamese. Make sure the grinder does not become too hot or else the stickiness of the rice will reduce and the pithas will fall apart. Keep the powder in a bowl covered with a wet muslin cloth until use.
Take the Rice flour and mix in the freshly grated coconut, sugar and salt by mixing with your hands.
Now heat water in a Kettle to about half. Bring it to a boil on high flame. Now with your hands place a lid full of Rice flour mixture in the kettle lid and press gently. Cover the lid with a wet muslin cloth. Tie the ends and fold back to the head of the lid securing the mixture for steaming. Place the lid back on he kettle and let it steam on medium flame for 6-7 minutes. Remove the muslin cloth and take out the pithas in a plate gently.
Few Pithas may fall apart if you are making it for the first time but don’t give up.
Serve hot with a cup of tea or with fresh cream.