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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:

Gatte Ka Pulao


Panchkuti Dal Khichdi + Dahi Aloo Combo


Mangodi ki Kadhi


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.

Daal Baati Churma by Sharanya Palanisshami…/dal-baati-churma-rajastha…

Tikadia by  Swaty Malik

Gatte Ki Sabji by Priya Iyer…/rajasthani-gatte-ki-s…/

Dal Dhokli by Veena Krishna Kumar…/rajasthani-dal-dhokli-in-nut…/

Moong Dal Bada by Jayashree Trao…/moong-dal-bada-rajasthan…/

Moong Dal Halwa by Vasusvegkitchen…/rajasthani-moong-dal…

Sattu Ladoo by Seema Doraiswamy Sriram…/

Moong dal fritters by Renu Agrawal Dongre…/08/moong-dal-pakoda-fritters.html

Marwari Pithor by Kalyani Sri…/video-recipe-how-to-mak…

Ker Sangri by Sujata Shukla…/

Moong dal Karara by Nams Corner…/

Gatte ki sabzi by Poonam Bachhav…/gatte-ki-sabji-gram-fl…

Dahi Kadhi by Pavani Gunikuntla…/rajasthani-dahi-kadhi-reci…

Gatte ka Pulao by Shobha Keshwani…/rajasthani-gatte-ka-pula…

White Mutton Stew by Rafeeda AR…/

Laal Maas by Sujata Roy…/07/31/laal-maans/

Vegetarian Lal Maas by Sasmita Sahoo Samanta…/…/vegetarian-laal-maas.html

Gatte ki Sabzi by Mayuri Patel

Dhoodiya Kheech by Priya Mahesh





  1. Priya Iyer

    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.

    • 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.

  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. Sharanya palanisshami

    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. Mayuri Patel

    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. cookwithrenu

    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. Poonam Bachhav

    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. Vasusvegkitchen

    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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