Methi Pithla | Methiche Pithle (Vegan Gluten-Free Recipe)

Pithla is a simple rustic curry made with besan (gram flour) in rural Maharashtra. You can make Pithla is many ways; plain with just besan, or add vegetables such as onions or drumsticks (Shevgyachya Shenganche Pithla | Drumstick Pithla). This time I made it with fresh fenugreek leaves and the result was a spicy, slightly bitter Methiche Pithle (Methi Pithla).

Pithla is very quick and easy to make and tastes absolutely great when eaten hot with Bajrichi Bhakri or Jwarichi Bhakri. You can also savour it with rotis or phulkas.

My memories of some of the best Pithla are always at the end of a hike to one of the many famed forts in Maharashtra. We used to trek in monsoons or in winter, and so welcomed the hot Chaha (Chai/Tea) and Bhakri-Pithla that awaited us at the end of the trek.

Both Bhakri and Pithla can be cooked within 15-20 minutes and so the villagers will always make it fresh for the multitudes of trekkers or picnickers who travel to the forts. The smoky flavour of the Zunka-Bhakar-Pithla cooked on a wood fire cannot be quite replicated on a gas stove, but you can still make a delicious version at home and enjoy!

Methiche Pithle | Methi Pithla: Gram Flour Curry with Fresh Fenugreek Leaves
Methiche Pithle | Methi Pithla

How to Make Methiche Pithle | Methi Pithla

 

Methiche Pitle | Methi Pitla
Methi Pithla | Methiche Pithle
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Methi Pithla (also called Methiche Pithle) is a simply rustic curry made with fresh methi leaves (fenugreek leaves) and besan (gram flour). It is flavoured with garlic and green chillies, and tastes divine with Bhakri or roti.
Servings Prep Time
4 to 6 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 to 6 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Methiche Pitle | Methi Pitla
Methi Pithla | Methiche Pithle
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Methi Pithla (also called Methiche Pithle) is a simply rustic curry made with fresh methi leaves (fenugreek leaves) and besan (gram flour). It is flavoured with garlic and green chillies, and tastes divine with Bhakri or roti.
Servings Prep Time
4 to 6 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 to 6 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
Preparing the Besan
  1. Dry roast the besan till it just starts to change colour.
  2. Set aside to cool.
  3. Add the turmeric to the besan and mix well.
  4. Sieve together the besan to ensure there are no lumps.
  5. Place the besan in a large vessel.
  6. Gradually, add 1 cup of water while mixing continuously to avoid lumps.
  7. Ensure you have a smooth batter.
  8. Set aside.
Making the Methiche Pithle
  1. Over medium flame, heat the oil in a kadai or a heavy-bottomed vessel.
  2. Add the garlic and fry till it just starts to change colour.
  3. Add the mustard seeds and let them splutter.
  4. Add the cumin seeds and stir-fry for a few seconds.
  5. Add the green chillies and asafoetida, and stir-fry for a few seconds.
  6. Add the methi leaves and stir-fry for a few seconds.
  7. Add about 1/4 cup water and cook covered so that the methid leaves are cooked well.
  8. Turn down the heat to low.
  9. Mix the besan batter.
  10. Slowly add the besan batter to the cooked methi leaves. Stir constantly.
  11. Add salt and mix well.http://aahaaramonline.com/wp-admin/admin.php?page=sumome
  12. Turn the heat up to medium and cook the mix till the Methi Pithla becomes thick and glossy.
  13. Turn off the heat and serve immediately with roti or Bhakri.
Recipe Notes
  • Methi Pithla is best eaten hot.
  • If the Pithla goes cold, it will solidify. Just add some warm water and mix well. Heat the Pithla for 2-3 minutes.
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Methi Pithla | Methiche Pithle
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Vangyachi Bharit | Baingan Bharta from Maharashtra

I absolutely love the smoky flavour of roasted Brinjal and try to use it in as many ways as I can. One of my favourite dishes is Vangyachi Bharit,  the Maharashtrian-style Baingan Bharta.

Made with roasted eggplant, onion and tomato, and flavoured with garlic and green chillies, this dish is a great accompaniment to rotis and Bhakri. I am particularly fond of Vangyachi Bharit because it is spicy.

In Andhra, we use roasted brinjal to make Vankaya Pachi Pulusu, Kalchina Vankaya Kothimira Pachadi, and Vankaya Perugu Pachadi.

You could also try the middle-eastern Moutabal, Muttabal, or Baba Ghanoush with it.

Vangyachi Bharit | Baingan Bharta

Vangyachi Bharit | Baingan Bharta

How to Make Vangyachi Bharit | Maharashtrian Style Baingan Bharta

 

Vangyachi Bharit | Maharashtrian Style Baingan Bharta
Vangyachi Bharit | Baingan Bharta from Maharashtra
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Vangyachi Bharit is Maharashtrian Style Baingan Bharta made with roasted eggplant, tomatoes and onions. It is a great accompaniment for rotis and bhakri.
Servings Prep Time
4 People 20 Min
Cook Time Passive Time
10 Min 10 Min
Servings Prep Time
4 People 20 Min
Cook Time Passive Time
10 Min 10 Min
Vangyachi Bharit | Maharashtrian Style Baingan Bharta
Vangyachi Bharit | Baingan Bharta from Maharashtra
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Vangyachi Bharit is Maharashtrian Style Baingan Bharta made with roasted eggplant, tomatoes and onions. It is a great accompaniment for rotis and bhakri.
Servings Prep Time
4 People 20 Min
Cook Time Passive Time
10 Min 10 Min
Servings Prep Time
4 People 20 Min
Cook Time Passive Time
10 Min 10 Min
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
Roasting the Eggplant | Brinjal
  1. Rub a few drops of oil onto the brinjal.
  2. Roast the brinjal over a medium flame.
  3. Roast the brinjal till all the skin is burnt and the brinjal collapses a bit.
  4. Rotate the brinjal every few minutes so that it is evenly roasted.
  5. Take the roasted brinjal off the flame and let it cool for about 10 mins.
  6. Peel the skin off the brinjal.
  7. Using a heavy ladle and mash the roasted brinjal a bit so that it is a coarse pulp.
  8. Add salt and mix well.
  9. Set aside.
Making the Vangyachi Bharit
  1. Heat the oil.
  2. Add the garlic and stir-fry till the garlic starts to change colour.
  3. Add the mustard seeds and wait till they splutter.
  4. Add the cumin seeds and green chillies.
  5. Stir-fry for a few seconds.
  6. Add the asafoetida and onion.
  7. Stir-fry till the onion is translucent.
  8. Add the tomato pieces.
  9. Stir-fry till the tomato is well-stewed.
  10. Add the turmeric and red chilli powder, and mix well
  11. Add the roasted brinjal pulp and mix well.
  12. Turn off the flame.
  13. Garnish with finely chopped fresh coriander leaves.
  14. Serve with Bhakri or Roti.
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