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
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.. !!!
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.