What is pitha? People who are not from Eastern Indian states may ask this. But people from West Bengal, Odisha, Assam, Bihar & Jharkhand know what it is actually. Though all of those states have their own versions of pitha and prepare those different traditional way for festivals. During winter particularly the day of makar sankranti, most people prefer to make this at home. So have you ever tried any Indian pitha? How was it? In case you did not try this till now then you should definitely try this next time and share your opinion.
There may be many Bengali people who think only Bengalis eat pitha, similarly, there are many Odisha people who may think that only Odisha people eat pitha. But it is not true because there are many such Indian states what have their own versions of pitha.
A list of traditional Indian pitha
Patishapta pitha: It is the most favorite Bengali pitha. Almost every Bengali has tried this awesome sweet dish. It is usually prepared with date jaggery & grated coconut mixture stuffing. But some people even prefer patishapta pitha stuffed with khoya kheer. Did you ever try this? If not then try it this winter at a popular sweet shop in West Bengal or you can make this at home too.
Chitoi pitha/sarar pitha: This is the easiest pitha. It is often made at common Bengali household during winter. Most people enjoy this chitoi pitha with payes/rice kheer or nalen gur. It is just simple rice flour made pancake. A specific clay made mould (tradionally called ‘sara’) is to make this pitha. Many people add these chitoi pithas in flavored sweetened milk and serve.
Puli pitha: It is another delicious Bengali style peetha. It is rice flour made sweet item which stuffed with any sweet item. Many people use cooked coconut & jaggery mixture as a stuffing item whereas many people use khoya kheer. Some people fried this pitha in oil whereas some people prefer to steam this to make this awesome puli peetha.
Arisa pitha: This peetha is very popular in Odisha. It is again made from rice flour & flavored date palm jaggery. This one is very similar to western breakfast food pancakes.
Manda pitha: It is mostly prepared with rice flour & semolina. A special coconut & jaggery filling is used to make this peetha. Some people prefer to put fresh cheese filling instead of coconut jaggery filling.
Poda pitha: Did you ever taste this? Okay, did you ever heard this pitha? If you are not from Odisha or a true foodie then you may miss this sweet to try. But once you will try this then you will definitely try this again. It is actually burnt pitha. Though that is why I did not like the top burnt portion of this sweet, otherwise I liked this sweet a lot. This one is favorite of Lord Jagannath. This sweet is generally prepared on the occasion of Raja Parba.
Enduri pitha: Another excellent Odisha style pitha. It is rice flour & lentil based peetha stuffed with coconut & jaggery made filling or khoya kheer. But it is popular in Odisha but I have not tried this one till.
Chitau pitha: This one is similar to pancakes. This peetha is also very easy to make. Here rice flour, grated coconut and jaggery are used. I found this very similar to Bengali style chitoi pitha. Is it not true?
Ghila pitha: This is a perfect Assamese version of traditional Indian pitha. Special bora saul (Assamese rice) makes a different from any other types of Indian pitha. Ofcourse jaggery is also added here along with bora saul.
Til pitha: Til means sesame seed. Here sesame seeds made filling item is used to make this Assamese style Indian pitha.
Tekeli pitha: Two different types of rice (xaali saul & bora saul) are added here to make this awesome peetha. Here coconut, sugar and milk powder are also added.
Chawal ka namkeen pitha: Did you ever hear about such namkeen peetha. Here generally cooked vegetables are added as a stuffing material instead of sweet coconut, jaggery made filling.
Dal pitha: Spicy lentils made filling item & rice flour made dough are used to prepare this Bihari style Indian pitha. Did you ever try this before? If yes then let us know about your experience by leaving a comment below.
Also read: Makar sankranti special food items
So how many Indian pitha did you try till now? Is there any which is not on the list but you have tried recently? Do not forget to share your experience with Indian pitha, just leave a sweet comment below.