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Bhapa Pitha

Updated: Mar 28, 2022

Bhapa pitha is a popular sweet snack amongst Bengali and Assamese people. It is delicate, soft, and contain various forms of texture with a fusion of rich flavour as you bite into the pitha.


1 cup warm water

1 tsp salt

3 ½ cups rice flour

1 coconut

1/2 cup jaggery


1. Dissolve salt in warm water and set aside

2. Mix rice flour water the water

3. Cover the rice flour with a towel for 20 minutes

4. Take a fresh small coconut and shred

5. Run the rice flour through a strainer to obtain fine grain texture

6. Place the rice flour in a palm size mold cup and gently press down with a spoon

7. Add jaggery bits and shredded coconut on top

8. Gently cover the jaggery and coconut with more rice flour on top and then wrap it with a wet cheese cloth

9. Place the wrapped pitha on top of the pot with water that has been sealed with a cheese cloth for indirect heat

10. Cover with a lid and cook the pitha for about 3 minutes until delicately soft

11. Remove from heat and repeat the steps until all ingredients have been used up

12. Serve pitha warm or cold as desired

13. Ready to enjoy!

1 Comment

Where can I find small containers like that for shaping the dough? and what is it called? ( in united states)

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