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Nokshi Pitha


A beautifully crafted traditional dessert that originated in the rural areas of Bangladesh. Perfecting the designs of this pitha can definitely take a few attempts, but it's so worth it when you get it right!


Ingredients

Water 2.5 cups

Salt to taste

Rice flour 2 cups

Oil for kneading and design

Use a toothpick or small screw driver for making designs on pitha


Directions

  • Bring water to a boil in a medium-sized saucepan. Add salt to taste, stir and mix.

  • Once the water starts to boil, add rice flour. Stir and cover with lid.

  • Turn off heat and let it sit under the closed lid for 10 mins.

  • Remove lid and mix everything together, allow it to cool down to room temperature before kneading.

  • Knead well for couple minutes to form a smooth and soft dough. Divide the dough into smaller equal portions.

  • Brush oil on the rolling surface and on top of dough, flatten and roll out to a thick flat circle.

  • Using a toothpick or a small screw driver, cut and design into pitha shape. Remember to practice enough times to perfect the designs!

  • Deep fry the pithas in medium hot oil until they are golden brown. Remove from oil and drain excess oil on paper towel.

  • Make syrup in a separate saucepan, add 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water. Stir and cook until the sugar dissolves completely. Add 1 tsp of honey to avoid crystallization.

  • Add the nokshi pithas and coat evenly on both sides.

  • Remove and serve in a plate.

Enjoy the deliciousness of this crispy rice pitha!

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