Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Pura Podapitha

Today is the first day of Raja(Pahili Raja) as i described in my previous post...and i am celebrating it with a dish of my fav from my Grandma's kitchen i.e; known as Pura Podapitha(Pura means stuffing )...U can  also see my earlier post for Podapitha..


1 cup rice
1 1/2 cup black gram - without outer skin (chopa-chhada biri)
1/2 cup milk or as needed
1 cup finely grated coconut (nadia kora)
1 cup crumbled paneer/chhena
(if u can get dahi chhena, the taste will b more good)
10-15 small pieces coconut (nadia khanda)
1 1/2 cup sugar (chini)/jaggery(guda)
3-4 green cardamom(crushed)
2 tsp of black pepper powder
ghee or refined oil
1/2 tsp  salt
1 tsp Baking soda
Soak the rice and black gram in water in separate bowls for about 4-6 hours.

Wash them thoroughly and grind together by adding milk as needed to make a smooth  and thick batter..
Mix coconut pieces, salt 1/2 cup sugar/jaggery, crushed cardamom and baking soda to the batter and mix well.
Keep it covered for about 3-4 hours for self-fermentation.
Take grated coconut, crumbled paneer and 1 cup sugar/jaggery in a bowl and mix well.
Heat a kadai/pan and fry the above mixture by adding the black pepper powder  for 5-10 mins.
This will b used as the stuffing.

Pre-heat the microwave/pressure cooker.
Form a thin layer of oil/ghee in the surface of the cooker/baking disk.
Add a layer of the batter about 1-2 cm thick.
Spread a layer of the pura or stuffing over it.
Cover it with another layer of the batter about 1 cm thick.
Spread ghee over it.

For cooking in microwave, just bake it for 30-40 mins.

For cooking in the pressure cooker, cook it by closing the lid (without mounting the whistle-weight).
Place the pressure cooker in simmer flame for 40-50 mins.

Now poda pitha is ready.
When the pitha comes to normal temperature take it out  carefully, and cut it into desired shapes.
Serve  like this or with milk and ripe mango pieces, dalma, kheer or any other curry of ur choice.... enjoy..

Sending this perfect pitha to priya and aipi's bookmarked event.


  1. Grandama's recipes are treasures...isn't it Mughda? Nice pitha

    Hamaree Rasoi

  2. Thanx 2 both of u for the lovely comments...

    @Deepa- yes dear grandma's recipes r alwaz gr8...both my grandmas(father's side as well as mother's side) r gr8 cooks..i love thr recipes a lott..:)

  3. Yup ~ you can never go wrong with grandma's recipes ~ these pitha looks absolutely finger licking n very well made!
    Thanks a lot for linking to bookmarked event :)
    US Masala
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  4. yum, that dish looks absolutely delicious. Thanks for linking it to our bookmarked event :)

  5. Dear Mugdha
    How are you? I was wondering where is my pitha on raja day and here you are. I have become PoDo pitha expert by following your recipe. Now I will make this one..I had this during my last visit to Odisa in Feb..
    Enjoy the Raja festival
    Bhala thiba

  6. very interesting recipe..looks delicious..first time here..u have a lovely space..glad to follow u :) do visit mine as time permits..

  7. Grandmas's recipes always rocks..pitha looks super delicious and quite new for me..

  8. Mugdha ,
    Happy Raja Sankranti to you and your dear ones first of all , I love pitha a lot and these are our Indian special sweet dishes , isn't it ! Thanks for sharing , you made my mouth to water ,
    bless you and lots of love .

  9. woww.. thats yumm. and new to me..

  10. Wow, this one really looks authentic and yummy! I loved the recipe!! Our Bengali pithas are different from these.

  11. hey first time here..u hv a wonderful space with great info,mouthwatering pics n amazing writeup n drooooooooolworthy recipes...glad to follow u
    would love to hear a word from u too...
    this recipe sound n looks yummy..

  12. I have tried this recipe and it came out so good . Very soft and spongy and overall very tasty . Thanks for sharing


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