Enduri pitha, an Oriya dish, is served as a special delicacy during the Prathamastami festival.
Enduri pitha is a type of pitha made in the Odhisa state of India. In some places it is also called as Haldi Patra Pitha. Turmeric leaves are the basic ingredients used in Enduri pitha.
This food item is traditionally served as a special delicacy during the Prathamastami festival. Prathamastami is a ritual celebrated in every traditional Hindu Oriya household to pray for long life of the first child born in a family.
Ingredients of Enduri Pitha:
1and 1/2 cup rice
1 Cup black gram
1 Cup grated coconut
100 gm paneer
150 gm jaggery or gur
3 small cardamoms
Green turmeric leaves
Salt to taste
Method of Preparing Enduri Pitha:
Soak rice and black gram (skinless) for 4 hours.
Grind into a thick batter leaving a little coarseness in the rice.
Leave the batter for fermenting for 8 hours.
Add salt and mix properly.
Place a frying pan on medium flame for preparing the stuffing.
Add the scrubbed coconut, paneer and jaggery and fry till it becomes a bit dry.
Add powdered cardamom and black pepper. Keep aside.
To prepare the pitha take one whole green turmeric leaf.
Put a little batter on the leaf and flatten the same.
Put the required quantity of stuffing on the batter and fold the turmeric leaf lengthwise in such a way that the stuffing gets sandwiched in between two layers of batter.
Tie a thread around the folded leaf to keep it secured.
Steam it in a wide mouthed pot.
Fill half of the pot with water.
Tie a muslin cloth tightly around its mouth.
Carefully place the tied leaf containing stuffed batter on the cloth.
Cover it with a concave shaped lid.
Steam it till it is done.
Steam the pithas one after another in this method.
In case, the turmeric leaf is unavailable, use the plantain leaf.
Enduri Pitha is easy to make and good to taste. It can smoothly be prepared at home. Food lovers can consume it as a single food item and can also relish with dalma.