Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Kulith Pithale / Kulith Pithla (Horsegram flour curry)

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.

Also check out delicious recipes by the talented Culinary Hoppers..
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  1. new dish to me!! Can kokum be replaced with regular tamarind or tamarind paste??

    1. Thanks Mahi:)Kokum lends a unique taste. Kokum is not as sour as tamarind. I have never tried the recipe with tamarind. You could give it a try though with little tamarind. I too will try and let u know:)

  2. totally a different kind of gravy...presented very nicely dear

  3. Looks mouthwatering dear. If only I could taste it right from the page :P A different dish, i'm sure delicious too.love it.

  4. We have something similar to this called ulavacharu in andhra...prep is diff...not with flour..it's a very tedious and lengthy process though...and it's my fav...will try out this one for sure...Looks very tempting dear :)

  5. Another recipe that I have bookmarked. With the use of Horsegram flour the hours of cooking and soaking will be drastically reduced compared to the use of whole horse gram. Adding Kokum will give such a wonderful balance of flavours. The pictures are making me so hungry with a desire to grab the plate of rice and Pitla right out of the screen.

    1. Thanks dear.. yes, usage of horsegram flour sure cuts down on the cooking time:)

  6. This is new to me with horsegram, looks tasty and it is definitely more healthier...thanks for sharing Shubha

  7. Looks so inviting, such a delicious dish.. I have all the ingredients here except Horsegram flour. I have horsegram though.. Can I dry roast it and powder to use it for this Curry?

    1. Yes dear. Even in the US, we do not get Horsegram flour. Hence i dry roasted it and ground it into a fine powder:)You could do the same:)

  8. This is so good and very healthy as well . I love kulith so much very interesting recipe as well.

  9. wow, it's looks so delicious. Easy to cook and full of flavors. I will try it soon and let you know how it turns out.

  10. kulith atta ..is it not sattu used in bihar?or cant we dry roast besan n then use?

    1. Kulith atta is prepared from horse gram. horse gram is roasted and then powdered.Pithla prepared from besan is slightly different.