Mohura Pitha- Assamese Sweet

For the second week of Blogging Marathon #25, I selected North East Indian Cuisine. There are 7 states which come under North East India. They are Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. I recently came across a face book page on Assamese cuisine. When going through the recipes, there was this sweet called as the Mohura Pitha which resembled Kolukkattai from Tamil Nadu. The shape was different but the preparation was the same. As I am an ardent fan of kozhukkattai, I tried it out yesterday for our evening snack. The shape of this pitha is like the spindle used in weaving and so the name mohura pitha. I used the ordinary rice flour and made these pithas. They tasted so delicious and PK liked it a lot.

Recipe Source: Assamese Recipes 
Makes 12 Mohura Pithas
Rice Flour-1 cup
Warm Water-1 cup + 2-3 tbs
Grated Coconut-2/3 cup
Sugar-1/4 cup or according to your taste
Cardamom Powder-1/4 tsp

1. Mix coconut, sugar and cardamom powder in a bowl and keep it aside.
2. In a bowl add rice flour and warm water and make a soft and pliable dough.
3. Divide it into 12 equal portions and roll each into a ball.
4. Keep it covered while shaping a pitha.
5. Take a ball and gently press it and shape it into a bowl.
6. Take a tsp of filling and keep it inside the bowl.
7. Make a half circle by pressing the sides of the circle together.
8. Shape it into a spindle.
9. Shape the remaining dough into pithas.
10. In a pot boil water.
11. Add the prepared pithas and let them cook for 10 minutes.
12. Remove the pithas from water with a slotted ladle and place it on a plate.
13. Serve when still warm.

Mix the filling.

Prepare a soft dough.

Divide into 12 equal parts.

Shape a ball into a bowl.

Place the filling.

Close the edges and shape it into a spindle.

Heat water and add the pithas when water starts boiling. 

Remove it onto a plate after 10 minutes.

Serve them when still warm.

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