We are what we eat and we eat what we want so we cook what we love to eat. Pitha being the soul food of Odisha, it is very appreciated in every household, as this is our ancient food, prepared in every Puja and Festivals.
This dish is a Typical Pitha of Mayurbhanj, hence I thought to present this absolutely loved dish in this article. This pitha is not one of those well known Pithas which every common Odia household cooks for them. This is one of those pitha recipes which are rarely known today.
ମହୁଲ #Mahula / #Madhuka_Latifolia is commonly known as Mahua, Mahuwa. Mahula is very popular among the tribal people of Odisha. It holds a special position in tribal culture.Tribes are engaged in collection of mahula fula (flower) from mid of march to mid April.
Mahula fruit is an essential food of Odisha people. The tree has a great cultural significance. There are so many variety of food prepared with the help of fruit and flower. Also the Odia people use to Pray this tree during festivals.
Recipe of Mahula Pitha
Its a very quick and easy to make recipe…
🌿Soak 2 cups of rice and one cup of urad dal for 3 to 4 hours…
🌿Wash the mahula fruit/honey tree flower throughly and remove the seeds gently.
🌿Wash and blend the rice, urad dal and honey tree flowers into a paste with the help of blender.
🌿Allow the batter/ପିଠଉ to ferment for good 2 to 3 hours.
🌿 Add salt,cardamom powder,black pepper powder & small pieces of chillis and Grated Coconut or coconut pieces into the batter and mix it well.
🌿Grease a steamer pan with ghee or place a cloth over a steaming pot & pour the batter into it.
🌿Then Boil some water in the main pan.
Place the steamer pan over it and close lid/ place the lid over the cloth and close it.
🌿Let it steam for about 15-20 mins.
Remove the steamer attachment or lid carefully. ~
🌿Let it cool down completely before you cut the pitha into pieces of your desired size.
🌿 Serve it with Ghuguni or coconut chutney or coriander chutney…
People use to worship this to goddess , here at Mahamayi mandir, Kabisuryanagar .