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Manda Pitha with Cinnamon-Ginger Twist

Deepsikha Chakraborty
20 minutes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
6 People
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ABOUT Manda Pitha with Cinnamon-Ginger Twist RECIPE

This is a traditional pitha of Odisha. I dared to give this traditional recipe a twist. My intention was to create a new variation of this super tasty Pitha and I think, I did the justice. My twist is very simple – I have just added cinnamon powder and grated ginger – and these two basic ingredients have made it completely different in taste.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Medium
  • Festive
  • Orissa
  • Steaming
  • Sauteeing
  • Dessert
  • Egg Free

Ingredients Serving: 6

  1. For Stuffing:
  2. Grated coconut 1.5 cup
  3. Patali gur (date palm jaggery) 3/4 cup
  4. Grated ginger 1 tablespoon
  5. Ghee 1/2 teaspoon
  6. For The Dough:
  7. Rice flour 1.5 cup
  8. Salt 1/2 teaspoon
  9. Cinnamon powder 1 teaspoon
  10. Hot water (as required to knead a soft and smooth dough)


  1. Heat a pan and add all the ingredients mentioned in "For Stuffing" section (except ghee). On a low flame, stir until the ingredients mix properly and the coconut is little fried.
  2. The stuffing should be sticky such that if you compress, it should stick together. Once it’s done, add ghee and give a quick mix. Remove it from the flame and keep aside.
  3. For the dough, mix all the ingredients as mentioned in "For The Dough" section together and knead a smooth dough.
  4. Cut small balls from the dough. With the help of your fingers, press the balls to make bowl shapes.
  5. Now, stuff them with coconut stuffing and seal the edges to make stuffed round dumplings.
  6. Boil water in the steamer. Once the water starts boiling, lower the flame.
  7. In a greased steamer pan, place the dumplings and cover the lid. Steam the dumplings for 15 minutes.
  8. After 15 minutes, check if the dumplings are properly cooked. Check the dumplings and if they are sticky, it’s not done. In that case, steam for another 5-6 minutes.
  9. Check again by touching the dumplings. If your finger comes clean, the Pitha is done.

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