How to make Pithla Bhakri -

A popular comfort food that most Maharashtrians like to enjoy with their family.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Gram flour (besan) (बेसन), Oil (ऑइल)

Cuisine : Maharashtrian

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Pithla Bhakri

Pithla Bhakri Recipe Card


The Maharashtrian hospitality is legendary. The cuisine has subtle variety and strong flavours and varies from region to region. In ancient times in the more affluent homes, feasts often started at mid-day and ended when the sun set! The presentation of food was alluring with a practice to sing sacred verses to dedicate the meal to God.
Maharashtrian cuisine covers a wide range from being extremely mild to very spicy dishes. Wheat, rice, jowar, vegetables, lentils and fruit form important components of Maharashtrian diet. 
Everybody knows about the unbeatable taste of the Mumbai’s chaats! But there is so much more to explore and savour in the other regions of Maharashtra. 

Prep Time : 6-10 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve :

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Pithla Bhakri Recipe

  • Gram flour (besan) 1 1/2 cups

  • Oil 1 1/2 tablespoons

  • Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Green chillies slit 4-5

  • Asafoetida 1/2 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Onion finely chopped 1 large

  • Salt to taste

  • Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Kokum pieces 2-3

  • Fresh coriander leaves finely chopped 2 tablespoons

  • Bhakri

  • millet (jawar) flour 300 grams

  • Salt to taste

  • Onions Chopped to serve

  • Green chillies Slit to serve


Step 1

To make pitle, heat oil in a non-stick pan, add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add green chillies, asafoetida, turmeric powder, onion and sauté till translucent. Add 1½ cups water, salt and mix well. Cook till onions become soft.

Step 2

Mix gram flour, red chilli powder and salt in a bowl. Add sufficient water and mix well to make a batter.

Step 3

Add the gram flour batter and mix well. Cover and cook for 5-6 minutes.

Step 4

Add kokum pieces and mix well. Add coriander leaves and mix well.

Step 5

To make bhakri, mix millet flour and salt in a bowl. Add sufficient lukewarm water gradually and knead into stiff dough.

Step 6

Heat a non-stick tawa.

Step 7

Divide into equal portions and roll into balls. Pat each of them between dampened palms into bhakris. Similarly prepare the rest.

Step 8

Place a bhakri on hot tawa, apply a little water on top. Pat a bit and cook for a minute on each side.

Step 9

Transfer pitlein a serving bowl and serve with onions, green chillies and bhakri.

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