Maharashtrian Pitla with Bhakri

Pitla Bhakri
Pitla Bhakri

One of my favourite and famous Maharashtrian food which falls under the category of the comfort and healthy food. It's just not a Maharashtrian cuisine but many Indian households make Pitla weekly. It's very easy and quick to make with less ingredients.

Pitla goes very well with Lasoon chutney and bhakri of any type including jowar bhakri. So let's make Pitla and Jowar bhakri.

Preparation time (For pitla): 15 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes


1 cup Besan (Bengal gram flour);

2 tbsp. Oil;

1 tbsp. Garlic crushed;

1/2 tsp. Cumin seeds;

1 tbsp. Green chillies chopped;

1/2 cup Onions chopped;

1/4 tsp. Turmeric powder;

2 tbsp. Coriander leaves chopped;

Salt as per taste.

How to make Pitla?

  • In a deep bowl, combine besan and 11/2 cup water. Whisk it well and keep aside.

  • Heat oil in a pan and add garlic. Sauté it on a medium flame for about 15-30 seconds.

  • Add cumin seeds and sauté on a medium flame for few seconds.

  • Add green chillies and onions and sauté it for 1-2 minutes.

  • Add besan water mixture, turmeric powder, coriander, salt and mix it well. Let it cook on a medium flame for about 2-3 minutes. Keep stirring.

  • Cover the lid and let it cook for about 1 minute.

  • Pitla is ready.

Now let's make Jowari bhakri.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes


11/2 cup Jowar flour, keep 1/2 cup separate for dusting;

3/4 cup hot water or as required.

How to make Jowar Bhakri?

  • In a kadai or large mixing bowl, take jowar flour and make a well in centre.

  • Add 3/4 cup hot water and knead a smooth dough.

  • Make a small ball sized dough. Further pat and flatten it with the help of palm and finger.

  • Dust the workstation with little jowar flour to prevent the dough from sticking.

  • Pat gently with one hand to get a round shape. Dust the jowar flour as required.

  • With both hands pat it as thin as possible.

  • Dust of excess flour from roti.

  • Put the flatten dough on a hot tawa.

  • Then spread little water over roti with help of hands or wet cloth removing excess dough.

  • Wait till the water evaporates. Flip it to other side.

  • Keep pressing gently till it cooks from all sides.

  • Serve it with hot pitla and onion.


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