Pithla Bhakri

A simple gram flour based sabzi and millet flour rotis - these Maharashtrian classics are simple, tasty and satisfying in every way. This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

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Main Ingredients Gram flour (besan), Oil
Cuisine Maharashtrian
Course Main Course Vegetarian
Prep Time 6-10 minutes
Cook time 26-30 minutes
Taste Spicy
Level of Cooking Easy
Others Veg


  • 1 1/2 cups gram flour (besan)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 4-5 green chillies, slit
  • 1/2 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 2-3 kokum pieces
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped Fresh coriander leaves 


  • 300 grams millet (jawar) flour
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped onions to serve
  • Slit green chillies to serve


  1. To make pitle, heat oil in a non-stick pan, add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add green chillies, asafoetida, turmeric powder, onion and sauté till translucent. Add 1½ cups water, salt and mix well. Cook till onions become soft.
  2. Mix gram flour, red chilli powder and salt in a bowl. Add sufficient water and mix well to make a batter.
  3. Add the gram flour batter and mix well. Cover and cook for 5-6 minutes.
  4. Add kokum pieces and mix well. Add coriander leaves and mix well.
  5. To make bhakri, mix millet flour and salt in a bowl. Add sufficient lukewarm water gradually and knead into stiff dough.
  6. Heat a non-stick tawa.
  7. Divide into equal portions and roll into balls. Pat each of them between dampened palms into bhakris. Similarly prepare the rest.
  8. Place a bhakri on hot tawa, apply a little water on top. Pat a bit and cook for a minute on each side.
  9. Transfer pitlein a serving bowl and serve with onions, green chillies and bhakri.