Pithale is a Maharashtrian dish prepared with gram flour ( Besan). In rural India it is accompanied with "bhakri" . Whenever dinner needs to be simple and fixed fast, our favourite option is Pithle-Bhath.I love to eat hot pithle with steaming rice and raw onions.
- Besan ( gram flour)--1/2 cup
- Water --1 cup
- Onions--1 cut into medium sized pieces
- Mustard seeds--1/2 teaspoon
- Turmeric powder--1/4 teaspoon
- Green chillies--2-3 finely chopped
- Coriander to garnish
Take oil in a pan and heat it . Add mustard seeds and when they crackle add the green chillies. Toss in the onions and sauté. Add turmeric and then add water.Add the salt at this stage. Keep stirring the water in circular motion with one hand and sprinkle the besan with other hand. Be careful as it flutters all around. Cover it with a plate for 10-15 minutes till the oil separates and it is ready.
Alternate method--(EASY) -- Take oil in the pan and heat it Add mustard seeds and when they crackle add the green chillies. Toss the onions and sauté. Add turmeric, salt and one cup water. Take a bowl and add besan to half cup water and mix well with hands. Pour this paste in the pan as you stir. Cover it for 10 -15 minutes till the oil seperates. Serve when ready.
Note--You can also add a spoonful of yogurt after adding besan.