July 31, 2019

Video Recipe - How to make Marwari Pithor ki Sabji | Pitod ki Sabji - GF dish

Rajasthan cuisine is evolved around locally available pulses, millets and a bit of dairy that comes from goats / camel milk primarily. The usage of dry spices, dried vegetables / plant parts is prevalent throughout the vegetarian menu canvas of this state. Besan or gramflour also forms a major part of sustainable food in place of veggies. 

So, Gatte ki Sabji, Gatte ka Pulao and today’s dish - Marwari Pithor ke sabji are popular dishes of that cuisine. Today’s no onion, no - garlic dish also comes handy when the refrigerator doesn’t have enough veggies for a meal, and this can be rustled up pretty quickly. 

I was lucky to be given two popular ingredients by my paired blogger Shobha ji. Using gramflour and yoghurt, I made this lip smacking dish. The entire family enjoyed it and kids said it tasted soft and succulent like Paneer. I read on several recipes and youtube videos that the texture of the Pithor closely resembles Paneer. So, for those who don’t like Paneer, this is a clever way to eat paneer. 

This is of course a GF dish, but can also be vegan if the yoghurt here used is a plant based one (rice curd/ cashew curd etc.) So, do make this quick-to-make dish and serve with hot rotis for a very fulfilling meal. 

Also, please do leave your valuable comments and suggestions on the youtube video embedded below too ! 

Marwari Pithor ki Sabji - No Onion-No garlic recipe (Gluten Free, Can be vegan)

Prep time - 10 mins, Cook time - 10 mins, Serves - 3~4

What you need:

For the Pithor:
Oil - 2 tsp
Gramflour - 1 cup (200 g)
Salt - to taste
Ajwain (crushed) - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Kasuri Methi (crushed) - 1 generous tsp
Yoghurt (thick variety) - 2 heaped tablespoon (* Sub with plant based curd for vegan*)
Water - as required to make the batter.
1 FLAT heat-proof / stainless steel plate, greased well 

For the gravy:
1 tomato + 1/2 inch ginger - pureed
Yoghurt - 2 TBSP
Dry spice powders - Red chilli powder (I used Kashmiri) 1 tsp, Dhania power ( 1 TBSP), Jeera powder (1 tsp)
Oil - 3 tsp
Jeera / cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Chopped coriander  - to garnish

How to:
View the youtube video for more detailed steps

(A) To make the Pithor : 
Whisk all the ingredients except water to a paste. Add adequate water to make a slightly thick flowing batter (batter should not be too thick or too thin). 
Heat oil in a non stick pan, add the batter and quickly cook the batter without any lumps on low flame. Once the batter starts leaving the sides, transfer the batter to a greased flat tray. Spread it evenly - not too thick or thin on the plate. Let it cool completely. Midway, using a sharp knife make markings of the size of the pithier (or lentil cakes) that you want. Remove the pieces and meanwhile begin the next stage. 

(B) To make the gravy:
Puree Ginger and 1 tomato without any additional water. Keep aside. Whisk all the dry spice powders (except garam masala) in the yoghurt and keep ready. Heat a non stick pan, add oil. Splutter cumin seeds and slowly add the tomato-ginger mix, saute for 1 min. Now add yoghurt mix and let it simmer on a low flame without the dahi curdling. Once oil starts leaving the sides, add 2 glasses of water, salt and let it simmer for 2-3 mins more, and let it again simmer on very low flame. Now slowly add the cut pithor pieces, salt and cook and cover for just under 1 min. Switch off flame (the pithor is not to be cooked for over 1 min). 
Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot with roti / Pulav. 

Other Rajasthani dishes you might like on the blog:

This goes to Shhh Secret Cooking Challenge for July 2019. 
Shhh Cooking Secretly a group started by Priya of Priya’s Versatile Recipes, is where every month food bloggers are paired up and give each other 2 secret ingredients to cook with according to the theme chosen. If you’re interested in joining this exciting group then please leave a message in the comment section. Thank you.

Here's a list of dishes that my fellow bloggers posted for this cuisine:

It was Rajasthani cuisine for the month of July and here is a virtual tour to the state by Shhhh h Cooking Secretly Challenge Group members.


  1. The Pithor Ki Sabzi looks stunning! I'm sure it tasted like a dream. :)

    The pithore are similar to the Gujarati Dal Dhokli, but the gravy is quite different.

    1. yes Priya! very surprisingly, amma loved it a lot. and so did the rest of the family .. its got a very lilting flavour with a wonderful texture from the pitod

  2. The sabzi looks absolutely lipsmacking. I love besan recipes. .. specially the Rajasthani ones.

    1. Thanks Shobha ji. Here ay my family too, we love Besan based Rajasthani recipes a lot :)

  3. Love this Pithor ki subzi.. my mom used to make it sometimes, but I never cooked it don't know why? your easy and stepwise method is tempting me now make it soon!!

  4. It looks so similar to Daal dhokli and yet very different...the orange colour is stunning

  5. Ahhhhhh now I understand you made the same dish. Our presentation too is a bit, tiny whinny bit similar. Love it kalyani. How does one make rice curd?

  6. This curry was new to me. I am happy to learn about a new curry......

  7. This looks so tasty, the pithor must be delicious to eat it as a snack too.

  8. Such lovely curry Kalyani and love the name pithor ki sabji. My neighbor makes a UP style similar sabji but without yogurt. Bookmarking this recipe to try it out.

  9. THe pithor ki sabji looks super tempting and you are right such gravy comes in handy when you have no vegetables at hand. Beautifully done.

  10. Pithore ki subji looks delicious Kalyani! Loved the video ,your pithore really look like paneer. Bookmarking your recipe.

  11. They look so tempting and delicious. so many different dishes with besan in rajasthani cuisine.

  12. Pithor ki Sabzi looks very delicious with rich gravy. All the spices used for gravy preparation enhances it's taste and flavors surely. In glance i felt like it's paneer curry, yumm

  13. The video version makes it all so easy to follow. I have to attempt making this soon

  14. Pithor ki sabji looks mouthwatering Kalyani. Loved this aromatic rich curry. Bookmarking it to try soon. It looks like paneer. Amazing share.

  15. My kids aren't very fond of paneer, so I am wondering whether they may accept this... the gravy looks delicious and well made...


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