Pithale is an all time favourite food in Maharashtrian cuisine. Its comforting and in this cold weather it tastes just awesome. It is traditionally served with "bhakri", a flat bread made of jowar flour. I had it with chapati and rice. It also tastes great with rice. Here is what you need -
1) 1/2 cup besan or chickpea flour
2) 3 cups Water
3) mustard seeds, asafoetida and turmeric powder for seasoning
4) 2 tbsnp red chilli powder divided
5) 1 small onion chopped finely
6) Salt to taste
7) Lime juice to taste
8) Freshly chopped cilantro
1) Take the besan in a mixing bowl. Add water and mix it properly. Avoid forming lumps. Add salt and red chilli powder. Mix it well. Keep aside.
2) In another bowl, mix the chopped onions, cilantro, 1 tbspn red chilli powder, salt to taste and lemon juice.
3) Heat oil in a kadhai and do the seasoning. Add the besan mixture and keep stirring until its cooked. It should form a custard like consistency.
4) While serving, add a spoonful of the onion mixture over the pithale.
5) Serve it with bhakri, chapati or even plain rice.