Jhal (Spicy) Bhapa Pitha

Jhal (Spicy) Bhapa Pitha


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About this recipe: Spicy bhapa pitha is a simple yet flavorful dish. It is just so refreshing, especially when you are having it right out from the pot. Serve with curries or chutneys, but it is also delicious by itself. If you have this pitha in a cold winter morning, then the spiciness will really work and warm you up!

nadira_begum Dhaka, Bangladesh


  • 500 g of powdered rice
  • 1 cup of coriander leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt


  1. Sprinkle a bit of water to the powdered rice. Quickly work through the mixture to make small crumbs.
  2. Sift the crumbs-press and roll on the sieve to collect the powder in a bowl.
  3. Pour in water in a steam or pressure cooker.
  4. Stuff a teacup one-third with the powdered rice powder. Layer with some green chilies, salt, and chopped coriander leaves. Add the final layer with more powdered rice and full up the tea cup completely.
  5. Cover the mouth of the cup with slightly moist soft cotton cloth.
  6. Place a steel sieve in the pressure cooker.
  7. Slowly place the tea cup with the pitha mix-the mouth of the tea cup should be facing the sieve. Put the lid on and cook for 6-8 minutes.
  8. Take the lid out, and carefully take out the tea cup with the cloth. Cover the mouth with your palm.
  9. Remove the cloth slowly and place the cup upside down on a serving plate.
  10. Take out the tea cup to reveal the pitha.
  11. Repeat to make 4-5 more pithas.

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