Peethi or Pithi wala paratha is a lentil stuffed flat-bread which is yummy and extremely delicious. Pithi or peethi is a urad dal mixture sauteed with onions, gram flour, spices and later stuffed in wheat flour and rolled out like parathas. A versatile mixture that can be used to prepare pithi ki roti, puri or even kachori – a savory street snack. This masala tastes exactly like the one that is stuffed in kachoris and is very spicy but I prefer to keep my spices on the low side – so feel free to tweak up the quantity of spices to suit ones taste buds. This is a must- have- once – a- month winter breakfast for my family. Pithi ka masala itself is so tasty that you can just munch it as is.
This pithi is not to be confused with the pithi paste that is applied to the bride during Indian wedding. Pithi paste is a paste made out of chickpea flour, turmeric, rose water and many other flavorful ingredients. Where as Pithi masala is a mixture of urad dal, besan and spices.
I remember my mom making these yummy parathas on a cold winter morning and serving us with a dollop of homemade white butter..yummm!! In this recipe – urad dal is soaked for 2-3 hours and later boiled and sauteed with onions and spices. Saute besan until it starts omitting its flavor and before stuffing adjust the seasonings. Very adaptive recipe and add or subtract spices as per your taste. Knead a soft a pliable dough, roll it out and stuff the dough with pithi ka masala. Toast in oil/ghee until it is evenly cooked and brown in color. Serve hot with cilantro chutney, achar and homemade curd.