Pithale is a popular Maharashtrian recipe prepared using besan flour, which is traditional eaten with bhakri. I have used the same recipe and made it more healthy by replacing besan with horse gram powder. Horse gram has lots of nutritious benefits and importantly, it helps to reduce weight. Check out my previous posts for more details on health benefits. This healthy side dish can be served along with Roti or rice. The sliced onion is sauteed along with a chopped spinach followed by horse gram water is simmered and cooked to get a thick gravy consistency. In this recipe, I have used horse gram powder which is available in most of the gourmet stores.
1 Big Onion, finely sliced
1 Tomato, finely chopped
2 Green chillies, chopped
1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder
1 Cup Spinach, Finely chopped
1/2 Cup Horse gram powder
2 1/2 Cups Water + 3/4 Cup Water
2 Tsp Olive oil ( any cooking oil )
1/2 Tsp Mustard seeds
1 Tsp Cumin / Jeera seeds
A pinch of Hing
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves for garnishing
1/4 Tsp Lemon Juice
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds.
Once it starts spluttering, add jeera followed by hing.
Add the sliced onions and saute till it turns translucent.
Add green chillies followed by chopped tomato and spinach.
Saute till the tomato turns mushy.
Now add turmeric powder followed by salt and 2 1/2 cups of water.
Simmer the flame and let it boil.
Meanwhile, mix horse gram in 3/4 cup of water without any lumps.
Add the horse gram water to the boiling water and stir continuously in a low flame till the mixture thickens.
Once it gets thickened, remove from the flame.
Add lemon juice and garnish with coriander leaves.
Serving Options :
Serve hot with Phulka or Brown rice.