Manda Pitha Recipe-Orissa Style Steamed Rice Flour Dumplings
This is a traditional sweet recipe from Orissa that dates back to several hundred years. Boiled rice dumplings are filled with coconut, sugar and paneer are oh so delicious.
This Rice Flour Manda Pitha recipe is an ancient recipe. This is a traditional recipe from Orissa that dates back to several hundred years. Unique to Odisha, Pitha is a recipe that just keeps getting better and better as it offers immense possibilities with many combinations. Pitha is basically steamed rice flour/rava dumplings stuffed with a sweet filling made from grated coconut, sugar or jaggery, freshly made paneer. Serve these Manda Pitha to start a festive lunch or during tea time.
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Note: If you don't have ready made rice flour, soak rice for at least 2 hours and grind it to a very smooth batter by adding 2 cups of water.
- 1 cup Rice flour
- 1 teaspoon Corn flour
- 1/2 cup Water
- 1/2 cup Milk
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 tablespoon Cardamom Powder (Elaichi)
- 1/2 cup Fresh coconut
- 4 tablespoon Paneer (Homemade Cottage Cheese)
- 3/4 cup Sugar
How to make Manda Pitha Recipe-Orissa Style Steamed Rice Flour Dumplings
To begin making Rice Flour Manda Pitha Recipe, boil water and milk together with cardamom powder and salt.
Add rice flour and corn flour to it - part by part, while continuously stirring it to avoid lumps.
Keep stirring it in low heat until all water is absorbed and it forms into a ball.
Turn off the gas and cover the dough.
In the meantime prepare the sweet filling by heating up 2 tablespoon ghee in a Pan.
Add the coconut, paneer, and sugar and mix it well.
Cook this in low heat for 7 to 8 minutes.
Now prepare the dough by applying a little oil on your palms and kneading the warm dough into a soft workable texture. Make sure that the dough is not very hot.
Now take a tennis ball sized dough, make a dent in the center and put 1 tablespoon of filling in it and close the opening. Smooth it all over to make it look like a ball. Make sure that there are no gaps.
You will get around 8 to 10 balls. Now we should steam the Manda Pitha. Heat water in a Steamer and steam the Rice Manda Pitha or dough balls for 10 minutes.