BM #104 Day 7 - 

Welcome to another week of the Mega Marathon. This week I am going to present some savory snacks from the Indian state of Odisha.

Pithau Bhaja is typically made either with yam or mushroom. Pithau translates to rice paste and any item coated with pithau is called Pithau dia bhaja. I have opted to make this bhaja using yam.

All the recipes from this week are from my Odiya friend's mom, verbatim. Thanks to her I came to know some rare and traditional recipes. Some of them I was unable to make as the ingredients were difficult to access. 

As per Aunty, they are traditionally served with any spicy chutney and sliced onions and of course tea :).

Recipe Source Padma's Mom
Ingredients - 

Yam / Suran / Kandagadda peeled, cubed 1 cup
Salt, Turmeric, Lime juice as needed
Oil to shallow fry
Rice Paste - 
Rice 3 Tbsp soaked for an hour
Garlic 2 cloves
Ginger 1/2 inch piece
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp
Green Chilies 2

Method Of Preparation -

Prepare the yam and pressure cook it with salt and turmeric until it is cooked through. I used frozen yam so I just cooked in the microwave for 5 minutes and it was ready to use.

Drain the soaked rice, add ginger, garlic, green chilies, cumin seeds and grind into a fine paste adding as little water as possible. To the ground paste add the cooked yam and pulse it so that the yam and the rice paste blend well.

Remove from the yam-rice mixture from the processor and adjust the spices.

Pinch 8 equal portions of the mixture and flatten each of them into 1/4 inch discs (tikkis).

Heat a griddle, add about a tablespoon of oil and gently slide the prepared discs and allow them to cook on both sides. 

After the discs are golden brown on both sides, remove onto paper towels to absorb the excess oil. Continue until the yam mixture is all used up.

Serve with a spicy sauce and onions as a tea time snack.

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Preparation Time 40 minutes
Makes 8
Posted by Harini R on Monday, September 9, 2019


  1. Suma Gandlur Says:
  2. That's a guilt free and yummy snack to go with tea; looking forward to your other Odiya traditional snack recipes.

  3. That's a new dish to me, it looks delicious. Looking forward to your Odiya traditional snacks rest of this week.

  4. sushma Says:
  5. Its been years i had kandagadda. You have made a lovely snack with it. Good to know about Oriya snacks

  6. Srivalli Says:
  7. Super pick and I am going to enjoy reading your list!..This one sounds fantastic Harini.

  8. Wow ! You have chosen odhisa ! We will definitely see some new snacks , like this one . Do let me k ow whatelse can be substituted - the snack look awesome.

  9. Narmadha Says:
  10. We always use potato for binding in cutlets. Using rice paste is good idea and unique. They look so tempting

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