Breakfast. Hurried or leisurely. Tasty or tasteless. Rich or healthy. Variety or monotony. However you perceive breakfast, there is no denying that it is the most important meal of the day. On days when I find butter too heavy and jam too sweet, when I find I have little time to chop onions to make poha and when upma seems uninteresting (that can happen, you know!), I turn to this comforting dish that Amma saved for those leisurely breakfasts and hurried dinners. As with upma, I know that this dish has lovers and haters, I am yet to meet someone who is indifferent to my favourite bread spread: Pitle.
1/4 cup Gram Flour (Besan)
1 tsp Chilli Paste
2 tbsp Coriander Leaves, chopped
1-2 tsp Tamarind Paste
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
2 tsp Oil
1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/4 tsp Asafoetida
7-8 Curry Leaves
Salt to taste
In a mixing bowl, place the gram flour, coriander leaves, chilli paste, turmeric powder, salt and tamarind paste. Add 1/2 to 2/3 cup of water and whisk together until there are no lumps in the mixture.
In a pan, heat the oil and add the mustard seeds. When they splutter add the asafoetida and the curry leaves. Add the gram flour mixture and cook on a low flame while stirring continuously. The pitle is ready when it becomes thick and takes on the consistency of flowing custard.
This makes a great bread spread (especially if you, like me, don't care as much for sweet breakfasts). This tastes great with hot chapatis and, at my place, is a favourite with this and this. And this is a specialty of the konkani/marathi world, not to be confused with the Tamilian Pitlay!
Day 8 of the marathon. Check out these links to see what my co-runners have come up with. DK , Siri, Srivalli, Ranji, PJ, Curry Leaf, Medha, Priya, Bhawna, Raaji, Ruchii, Anu, Kamala, Roopa, Divya Kudua, Rekha, Divya M, Lakshmi, Lakshmi Venkatesh , Sripriya, Viji, Kamalika, DK, and Pavani.