Monday, 31 January 2011

Patishapta / Rice crepes with coconut filling

Patishapta! ... the most made Pithe in Bengali homes I guess.

Traditional Patishapta is made with a rice flour batter
and fresh coconuts and jaggery .... all harvested products.
But due to the fast paced life of recent times, it is no longer possible to actually go
through the whole process of cleaning, washing, soaking and grinding rice to make a fresh powder.
And then use that powder to make a batter.
So, many people make it with a batter of maida and sooji ,
a quicker version of the original, traditional way.

I usually do not make this frequently ... my favourite pithe is the Poda pithe.
But come winter, every Bengali has to taste the Patishapta once.

When made or had with fresh date palm jaggery, the Patishapta
evokes wonderful memories of childhood
in every Bengali.

With visions of our grandmothers making it on a chulha on cold winter evenings
and us children sitting around it,
savouring the soft, hot patishapta with jaggery oozing out of it,in the warmth of the hot unoon,
knocking on our hearts,
we try to recreate the same taste and memories in our own kitchens
with inept hands.

I am still not into complex cooking yet and would not have made this right now either ...
was happy just watching this wonderful sweet
all over Bong blogosphere ...
but for a reader who requested me for the recipe.

So went ahead and made it.
Thanks to esskay we did get to enjoy the patishapta this winter.

I made it the traditional way ... but added some lentils (urid dal) to
the batter to give the crepes a little softness ...
I have noticed that the only rice batter
tends to make the crepes
slightly dryish.

I have also added a very,very, very small pinch of salt
to the batter ...
to complement the sweet filling.

One tip I'd like to share ...
the first and second crepes will turn out slightly thicker and not very perfect.
But as you keep making them, they will turn out better and better.
And keep the batter thin ... helps in spreading.
And also brings out crisp sides.

Do use a well seasoned, cast iron tawa.
If you want to use a non stick tawa, make sure you add just a few drops of oil and smear it well all over.
Use a wet cloth to smear the oil.
And heat the tawa well ... but on a low flame.
Patience is the key here.

Also, I never try to make it at one go ... or in one day.
A little preparation done earlier helps hugely here.
For example ... I make the coconut filling on one day and store it in the fridge.
I soak the rice and dal overnight ( do not keep it in the fridge ).
And grind it on the next day.
Then keep it in the fridge till I need it ... that way it soaks well.
And all I need to do is heat the tawa and make the pithes whenever I want to.

Need :

For the pur / filling

Freshly grated coconut - 1 cup
Jaggery (I used granules) - around 1 cup
Elaichi / Green cardamom powder - 1 tsp
Water - ½ cup

For the Crepes

Rice - 1 and ½ cup
Urid dal - a little less than ¼ cup
Enough water to make a thin batter

How to make :

The Pur / filling

In a deep pan, put the water and the jaggery together and let it come to a boil.
When the jaggery melts completely, remove and strain it to remove any impurities.
Put it back into the pan and add the coconut.
Keep stirring.
Add the elaichi powder and keep stirring till the mixture turns dryish.

The crepes :
Soak the rice and dal together for around 2 hours ...  the more, the better.
Grind into a smooth batter, adding water if needed.
Add water to make a very thin,
free flowing batter.
( If you let the batter sit for a day, the crepes turn out even better. )

Heat a little oil on a non stick tawa / griddle.
If using a cast iron tawa, heat it well first.
Then smear a good amount of oil on it and heat it again.
Now wipe off the oil with a wet cloth.
Add a little oil again and smear it well and then wipe it off again, with a wet cloth.

Now pour a ladleful of batter on the tawa and spread it to make a thin round.
I cannot do it with the ladle ...
so pick up and turn the tawa in a circle ...
works for me. :-)
Let it cook for a while.

(This was the first one ... so is slightly thick.)

It should leave the bottom of the tawa easily when done.

Place some of the filling in the middle of the crepe.
Roll the crepe on the filling from both sides to cover it.

Remove from the tawa.

See the fluffy soft crepes? The texture was perfect!

A closer look.

I have noticed that if you use maida, it does turn a little tough when cool.

But the rice flour ones stay soft enough
to be easily cut with a spoon.

Make sure to smear the tawa with a little oil and heat it well before adding another spoonful of batter.

These fluffy white blankets of sweet are best served with some
date palm jaggery or Nolen gur
poured over them.
Or sweet, thickened milk.

I'm not so lucky .... so enjoyed them as is.

Enjoy !!

Some wonderful varities of the Patishapta on blogosphere

Sandeepa's Patishapta ...
using Maida, Khoya & Semolina ...
and a beautiful write ...
miss ya Bong mom ... come back soon.

Jaya's Patishapta ...
she has 3 different ways of making the batter and a huge info on the sweet.

Sayantani's Patishapta ...
using maida, semolina & khoya too ...
and has a wonderful writeup on Poush Parbon.

Other Pithes on Kichu Khon

Arisa Pithe

Poda Pithe

Puli Pithe

Monda Pitha


  1. Deliciious looking filling.

  2. they look delicious and very
    tempting :)

  3. Dear Sharmila
    Nice to see you are back..great Patisapta .. I must try your recipe. Normaly Udad dal is not added in Bong version...but very popular in Oriya version. Actually if we can get some freshly harvested rice ( Nutan Chal), the patisapta top cover becomes great. But there is no way to get Nutan chal in Delhi//:-)
    Have a nice day

  4. Thanks Happy, Aruna, Indo, Mr.Ghosh! :-)

    Mr.Ghosh ... I never follow any hard and fast rules but stick to what works for me and my experiments. :-)

  5. Pithe ...... yummm !! This one looks so delicious. My grandma used to make it often for breakfast.


  6. Sharmila,
    Delicious and great effort on your part :-)..specially narkol koorey pur banano ..hugs and smiles

  7. Wow,nice idea to add in the Urad dal!Darun dekhte hoechhe tomar Patishapta'gulo.The first couple of them do come out thick but it eventually gets better with the consistency getting improvised!The pur looks yummy too!:)


  8. wish ya many many happy returns of the day,..this one looks so yum,..ur post made me nostalgic,..

  9. looks so yum... I know I have eaten this at home - dont know the name though...

  10. Even amio ebar ekhono patishapta banai ni..tomar ta dekhe banate ichcha korche....amar barir fav. pithe Patishapta, darun dekhte hoyeche

  11. Satrupa ... thanks! :-)

    Jaya ... thanks. Got the coconut grated by the helping hand ... still impossible by me. :-)

    W3 ... thanks! I keep adding water to keep the batter thin as it tends to thicken. :-)

    Priyanka ... thanks for your wishes. :-)

    Somoo .. thanks. Even I do not know its name in Oriya. :-(

    Indrani .. thanks. Ebar baniye felo. :-)

  12. akdom authentic Recipe Sharmila. ami akhono ebhabe banate sahos paina. gram e mishti patisapta'r sange akta nonta wthout filling version thake amra boli Soruchakli. tomar crepes gulo akdom sei katha mone korie dilo. asadharon tumi pora pithao baniecho. amar ki bhalo lage ota. darao akhon gie recipe ta dekhi.
    betw thanks for the link

  13. ami khabo. ki oshombob shundor pure shada dekhte hoyechey. and i am extremely glad you did not add milk or khoya to the filling. I never liked the creamy filling. amader barite shob shomoye gur diye hoto, esp. for me. I have to make this soon. onek bochor khayni and did mot make it either. Don't know why. barite gur nei. i feel like making it this way now. Thanks a bunch for nudging the lazy me :-)

  14. Sayantani ... no need for sahos ... it was pretty easy to make. And the poda pithe is way too easy ... hence my fav. :-)

    Soma ... it did not take too long .. I soaked the stuff in the morning and had a plateful of patishaptas by afternoon. Gur neyi toh make with sugar. Baniye felo. :-)

  15. Thanks for introducing to this lovely Bengali delicacy, Sharmila. The filling almost looks the same as modak made in some other parts of India. Would love to try it soon.

  16. Hi , Though I do not have a sweet tooth at all, but this evokes memory of a very similar dish of kerala, made almost exactly the same way, it doesnt have urad dal in it though. It is one of the favourite dishes of my hubby, so whenever Mom is around, we have it to our fill.. there is a very strange but very strong connection of Bengal with Kerala..what say??!! :)

  17. akta katha jiggesh korte elam. tumi kothao bolechile soda water die eggless cake er katha. baniecho ki kakhano? amake akta eggless cake banate habe kintu bujhte parchina ote soda'r gandhota theke jabe kina.

  18. Sanjeeta ... right ...modak has the same kind of filling though am not sure if it has sugar or jagerry.

    Ss .. very true ... lots of similarities ... rice, fish, coconuts, etc. :-)

    Sayantani ... are you sure ota ami? Ami kokhono soda water diye cake banaini! Amar eggless cakes er post check korecho?

  19. These look beyond delicious. Thanks for the recipe, Sharmila, and I am definitely putting these on my must-try list.

  20. It sounds delicious will try today as a tea time snack Thanks Sharmila

    Sabita from Goa

  21. Better late than never! Thank you for the recipe!!!

    Had been meaning to revisit your blog after ages...I don't know why I dropped off...but then intermittent tries would often not open the blog. For once I thought you had shut it down! But the January entry is solace enough :)

    Esskay :)

    1. Thank you Esskay! Something is wrong with blogger I think ... many people have been complaining of not being able to log in. Also I never saw this comment of yours ... even when my comment section is moderated!!!
      Hope you won't have probs visiting the next time.
      Good to see you again here. :)


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