Crispy Tasty Rice Pancakes (Pitha)

Crispy Tasty Rice Pancakes (Pitha)

Rice is a staple food for us back in Assam and anything prepared from it becomes a wholesome meal for us. Last Sunday I tried preparing Rice pancakes (we call it chawlo’r pitha) for breakfast. My mother used to prepare it for us as an evening snack and I remember devouring 2 – 3 at a time. It is easy to cook and can be made in a very less time.

I usually bring ground rice from home, so that I do not have to worry about grinding the rice first and then preparing it. Nevertheless, grinding does not entail a tedious process as you just need to soak the rice overnight and grind it in the morning adding a small bowl of water. The ground rice then can be made into a batter. Like in many of our earlier dishes, I can add a healthy tip to this preparation by saying that you can also add small amounts of vegetables (cut in small pieces) to the batter. While I like to have it with pickle or even Tomato sauce, you can try having this crispy pancake with aloo ki sabji or curry. It will taste just awesome.

Ingredients

Ground rice        –              1 cup

Salt as per taste

Oil                           –              2 tbsp

Onion                    –              1 large one (finely chopped)

Green chillies     –              1-2 (finely chopped)

Ajwain                  –              A pinch

Method of preparation

  • Take the ground rice and mix water. Keep stirring to make it a fine batter. Do make the consistency neither too thin nor too thick.
  • Add the salt, chopped onion, chillies and ajwain and mix it well again
  • Heat oil in a pan and try to spread it all over
  • Take a small amount of batter and in a circular shape spread it all over the pan. Cover it with a lid and keep it on medium flame so that it does not get burnt
  • After 2 minutes, flip it to the other side
  • When both the sides get cooked, remove it from the pan slowly
  • Serve it hot. Continue the process with the other pancakes too

 

– Samrita Baruah

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