Continuing with the Maharashtrian theme, I next present to you a simple and delicious curry "Kulith Pithla/Pithale ". Kulith means horsegram and this curry is prepared from the horsegram flour. This is another Maharashtrian recipe that is very easy to prepare yet very delicious and healthy.
Although horsegram flour is readily in stores in India, here in the US it is not available. Hence, I bought horsegram, dry roasted it and ground it into a fine powder. This recipe was shared to me by my dear friend Ketki who is truly a sweetheart. She even shared a Marati cookery book.
This book truly is a pandora box of amazing Maharashtrian recipes and I for sure will be trying alot more recipes from this book:)
Note: All measurements are based on the US measuring cup and spoon sizes where 1 cup = 235 ml
- Kulith atta / Horsegram flour : 1/4 cup
- Onion (finely chopped) : 1/2 cup
- Garlic (finely chopped) : 1.5 tbsp
- Green chillies (small variety, finely chopped) : 3 (or as per taste)
- Turmeric powder : 1/4 tsp
- Asafoetida / Hing : 1/4 tsp
- Kokum : 3
- Salt as per taste
- Oil : 1 tbsp
- Curry leaves : 5-6
- Freshly grated coconut : 2 tbsp
- Fresh cilantro/ dhania leaves : 2 tbsp
- Mustard seeds : 1 tsp
- Dry red chillies : 2 (broken)
- Water : 2.5 cups
- Mix the horsegram flour / kulith flour in 1/2 cup of water and set aside.
- Heat oil in a deep bottomed pan / pot . When hot, add the mustard seeds, asafoetida, turmeric powder, dry red chillies and curry leaves.
- When the seeds start to splutter, add the chopped onions , chillies and garlic. Cook until onions have changed color.Add the coconut and fry it too.
- Add kokum and 2 cups of water. Bring the water to boil.
- Once the water comes to a boil, add the previously mixed horsegram flour and water mixture. Mix well. Add salt and let the mixture boil for 10 minutes.
- The horsegram mixture will start to thicken. Turn off the heat. Garnish with fresh cilantro .
- Serve with hot rice with some ghee/clarified butter.
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