Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Pariba Pura dia Luni Biri Poda Pitha (Black gram Baked Cake with Vegetable stuffing)


Ingredients :-
Rice - 2 cups
Black gram - 2 cups
Soda Bi-carbonate - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste

For the Stuffing :-
Potato - 1 no. (Cut into small chunks)
Carrot - 1 no. (Cut into small chunks)
Beet root - 2-3 tsp (Finely chopped)
Cauliflower - 1/2 cup
Green Chillies - 2-3 nos. chopped
Roasted Peanuts - 2-3 tsp
Cashew nuts - 2 tsp
Small chunks of Coconut - 4 tsp
Onion - 1 (finely chopped) 
Ginger paste - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Roasted Cumin n Fennel powder - 1 tsp
Nigella (Kalonji) - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tsp

Method :-
Soak the rice and black gram in two separate bowls for 3-4 hrs. Wash and clean them thoroughly. Grind it to make a fine paste. Let it for more 2-3 hours for self fomentation. Add salt to taste and little Soda for more soft n spongy. The consistency of batter should be as like Idli batter. Now its ready for baking.

Heat oil in a pan. Add kalonji and mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add chopped onion, ginger paste n saute for a while. Add all the veggies and stir a while. Sprinkle turmeric powder, salt to taste and cover a lid. Cook it in low-medium flame till half done. Now add the roasted cumin n fennel seeds powder, mix well. Add all the roasted peanuts, cashew nuts, coconut chunks and mix it well. Remove it from flame.

Now, its time for baking the pitha : : :
You can bake it in Microwave or in Pressure cooker or in a Kadhai.
Just grease your dish with little ghee or oil. Pour a layer of batter-then a layer of your veggie stuffing-again a thin layer of batter. If you bake it in pressure cooker, then remove the whistle from cooker and bake it for about 45-50 mins in a low flame. Switch off the flame and check it by a knife or tooth pick while it is cooked or not. Let it cool at room temperature. Cut into your desired shape and Enjoy your Biri Poda Pitha with vegetable stuffing.. !!!    

 NOTE :-
1. You can use any vegetables like mushrooms, capsicum, french beans, corn, Paneer as your choice.
2. You can also make it with Coconut-Jaggery sweet stuffing.


  1. "Remember that Bengali households still are known for their amazing food culture and this fact is known world-wide :)

    tanSEN was bengali my dear friend, so were a lot of other people! want to see the entire list as it stands today? so was subash chandra bose and sri aurobindo :)

    and i can name a million others and i am proud to say our greateness can be exerted beyond our national borders.
    we are the fifth largest speakers!

    we bengalis have won pretty much every award in the world stage you name it we have it and we are damn proud of what we have :)

    its the only country in the world which took rebellion because it couldn’t speak its mother tongue and it won! and won so hard that the UN had to adopt that day as the international language day, which celebrates languages from all over the world.

    did you know that the FAMOUS SEARS TOWER is architectured by another bengali?"

    (MBA, IMT Ghaziabad)
    Bengaluru, Karnataka

    1. So???? Why dont you write about all this stuff on a blog of your own and check how many hits you get on the same.....

    2. JANAKISH BADAPANDA28 May 2018 at 19:54

      But Bengali is not a CLASSICAL LANGUAGE!
      Please note that the eastern states of Indian sub-continent are culturally very sound and naturally love to cook and serve to others. Lord Jagannath, PURI,ODISHA enjoys the highest ever culinary delicacies. Hence no one can beat Odias.