Monday, June 25, 2012

Kulith Pithla(कुळीथ पिठलं )

पिठलं/pithla is a comfort food for most of the Maharashtrian  people. Pithla made from chickpea flour is more common than Kulith Pithla. Many Maharashtrian people are unaware of kulith pithla. English name for kulith is horse gram. In Kokan region kulith is more popular, it is used to make pithla as well as उसळ . Kulith powder is easily available in market in India. I have looked for it here in US but still no luck, have to get it from India every time I visit. For some people it takes time to adjust to its nutty and strong flavor. When you need a quick bite of comfort food, Kulith pithla will certainly satisfy your taste buds and plus it will come together in minutes. Serve it hot with white rice or पोळी/roti.

Ingredients(Serves 3-4)
1/2 Cup Kulith Powder
1 Small onion chopped
2-3 Garlic cloves(diced if big)
1 Tbs oil
1/4 Tsp mustard seeds
1/8 Tsp turmeric powder
Pinch or two of asafoetida
2 Amsul(dried Kokum)
1/2 Tsp chili powder
3 Cups water
Fresh cilantro chopped for garnishing

Method
Heat a medium pot and add oil. Put in mustard seeds, after they splutter add asafoetida and turmeric. Add garlic and chopped onions. Fry for some time until onions turn translucent. Pour in water and add salt, chili powder, amsul and let it boil.

Once boiled reduce heat to medium-low and tablespoon by tablespoon add kulith powder and keep stirring continuously to avoid lumps. Once you are done adding kulith pith let the pithla boil for 7-10 minutes and then shut off the gas. Garnish it with freshly chopped cilantro and serve piping hot with rice or roti. It tastes especially comforting in winter :-).

10 comments:

  1. this is a very nice recipe...
    i usually forget the difference between kulith and pithale.. in rural India.. they are both different things and ate on different occasions...

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  2. Kulith and Pithale are 2 totally different things, one is gram and other one is dish. Kulith is horse gram (Macrotyloma Uniflorum).

    Pitale is thick gravy made of of flour and it can be made up of chana daal aka Besan, kabuli chana, mostly all grams including black gram and horse gram.

    Yes, mostly likely you ate the roasted kulith dana and then powdered to make pithale. Hope this helps.

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  3. Hi! Thank you for sharing. I make this quite often and have found it to prevent kidney stones. I've just moved to USA and can't find it in any stores here. I have bought 1kg of horse gram (not flour, but seeds) and am wondering how to make kulith flour from it. Do i simply roast and grind or add other flavoring agents?

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    1. My grandmother used to prepare kulith (horsegram) powder and thus, we never had to search for it outside. Recently, I read the innumerable benefits of consuming horsegram and then decided to maximize its intake through our daily meal.
      First,the horsegram is nicely roasted, and then grinded on traditional chakki just enough to remove its skin. We call it 'bharadne' in marathi. One can add tumeric to the same and finally grind it to powder. Many people are forgetting or I should say avoiding this healthy dish due to the time constraint they face in their daily life. Hope I could spread awareness about the same somehow.

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    2. Hello Samruddhi, Thank you for the information. Can you please let me know whether this can be eaten in summer too?I heard Kulith is very heat and should be eaten only in winters. I got the atta made in India without roasting it. Is it ok?

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    3. Hello Samruddhi, Thank you for the information. Can you please let me know whether this can be eaten in summer too?I heard Kulith is very heat and should be eaten only in winters. I got the atta made in India without roasting it. Is it ok?

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  5. Just amazing
    Yes kulith is full of health for everyone

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