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11 May, 2016

Moong Pakon pitha: Yellow Moong bean and rice flour cake: A modern take: Gluten free.

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Buy  her  a  gift  or  give  her  an  experience?  It  was  a  hard decision  for  mother’s  day  over  the  weekend.

“Mooch  Moochey  hoyecchhe”.  It’s  nice  and  crispy,  she  said  after a  bite  in  the  Pitha,  the  deep  creases  on  the  back  of  her  hands  almost  matching  the  design  on  the  Pithas.  She  looked  into  my  eyes  and  she  didn’t.  I  could  see  Ma  was  transported  to  a  different  time,  a  different  land.

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A  land  with  many  rivers.  As  a  little  girl  she  remembers  those  carefree  days.  Taking  off  with  her  siblings  to  explore  the  neighbourhood  while  the  elders  in  the  family  were  busy  in  the  kitchen.  “Nodir  dhare  ekta  mishti  gondho  beroto”,  There  used  to  be  a  sweet  smell  on  the  river  bank,  she  is  not  sure  if  that  was  from  an  unfamiliar  flower  or  the  paddy  fields  nearby.  It  used  to  be  East  Bengal  then,  it  is  Bangladesh  now.

I  have  heard  these  stories  many  times.  My  octogenarian  mother  sometimes  mistakenly  calls  me  by  my  sisters  name  and  cannot  remember  what  she  had  for  breakfast  that  day.  But  the  stories  always  remain  consistent.

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Osteoporosis  is  rapidly  claiming  her  four  feet  eleven  frame.  Arthritis  causing  her  knuckles  to  swell  and  fingers  to  twist,  as  if  daring  her  to  carry  on  the  daily  chores.  These  are  the  same  hands  that  tended  to  our  sore  knees  after  a  game,  embroidered  fine  designs  on  our  dresses  or  even  disciplined  us  when  needed.

Ki  korey  banali?   Khub  shundor  hoyeche.”    How  did  you  make  it?  They are  beautiful,  she  said,  overlooking  the  imperfections.

I  could  see  the  memories  that  were  coming  back  to  her.  Memories  of  the  land  that  she  will  not  be  visiting  again  but  live  only  through  these  experiences..

Gift  or  experience?   Glad  I  chose  to  bring  her  an  experience  for  Mother’s  day.

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Recipe:  Number  of  yield  depends  on  the  size  of  the  design  you  choose.  About  18-20  on  average.

Ingredients;

Yellow  Moong  beans                                       1/2  cup

Rice  powder                                                    1  cup

Cardamom  powder                                        1/2  tsp

Cinnamon  stick                                             1  inch  long  2  pcs

Sugar                                                              1  cup

Canola  oil                                                     1  Tbsp  plus  more  for  frying

Salt                                                                1/4  tsp

Method;

Dry  roast  the  yellow  moong   bean  in  a  sauce  pan  on  high  heat.  Keep  stirring  to make  sure  it  doesn’t  burn.  It  is  done  as  soon  as  it  gets  a  bit  of  colour.  Wash  with  running  water.

Take  this  roasted  moong  in  a  saucepan.  Add  about  four  glasses  of  water,  salt,  one  Tbsp of  oil,  cardamom  powder,  cinnamon  sticks  and  boil  until  mushy,  about  an  hour,  faster  if  using  a  pressure  cooker.  Discard  the  cinnamon  sticks.  Add  the  rice  powder  and  stir  with  a  whisk  to  mix  thoroughly.  Put  the  gas  off  and  cover  the  mixture  till  it  cools  a  bit.

Transfer  this  mixture  to  a  bowl.  Knead  with  oil  dipped  palm  to  form  a  smooth  dough.  Add  a  sprinkle  of  rice  powder  if  sticky.

Cut  out  small  balls,  the  size  of  a  lime.  Roll  it  such  it  stays  about  1/4th  inch  thick.  Refer  to  the  picture  above  and  this  video.  Draw  a  design  of  your  choice.  Use  a  tooth  pick  to  accentuate  the  edges  of  the  design.  Using  a  spatula  carefully  lift  these  and  collect  on  a  plate.  Keep  them  covered.

Take   canola  oil,  an  inch  deep  in  a  non  stick  frying  pan  on  medium  heat.  Carefully  fry  the  Pithas  till  golden  brown,  gently  turning  once.  Collect  them  on  a  kitchen  towel.

Syrup;

Take  the  sugar  with  with  3/4th  cup  water  on  high  heat.  Work  to  make  a  syrup  with  one  string  consistency.  Follow  this  instruction.  Dip  the  Pithas  carefully,  turn  once  and  remove.

Enjoy.

Inside  Scoop;

Cooking  the  Pithas  is  a  folk  tradition,  hence  all  the  design  is  done  by  hand.  This  takes  a  lot  of  practise  and  patience.

Being  a  novice  with  this  Pitha,  I  took  help  from  cookie  cutters,  giving  it  a  modern  take.

By Ratna

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11 thoughts on : Moong Pakon pitha: Yellow Moong bean and rice flour cake: A modern take: Gluten free.

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  • May 19, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    A memorable post, Ratna! I continue to be inspired by your invaluable traditions and cooking techniques. Delicate carvings created by gentle hands. A happy belated mother’s day to you too! Keep in touch! xo

    • Ratna
      May 20, 2016 at 3:58 am

      How was your Mother’s day Elizabeth? I am having a bit ‘Au petit gout” withdrawal’ here. Hope to see new inspiration there.Thank you so much. Have a wonderful weekend.

  • May 18, 2016 at 6:22 am

    love those designs on the pithas, You have presented it so well. That’s a lovely post about your Mother.

    • Ratna
      May 19, 2016 at 2:39 am

      Thank you Shibani dear. I am glad you liked my writing. Have a wonderful week ahead.

  • May 15, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    You have done it again! Such impressive work on the Pitha and a beautiful post as well. Your mother is super proud of you, I am sure of that!

    • Ratna
      May 16, 2016 at 3:58 am

      Thanks Sonali, between you and me these are far from perfect. Ma was very proud though.

  • May 12, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    What a wonderful post for Mother’s Day, Ratna. I had that feeling with my grandma a while back, and while she didn’t remember me most of the time, when she did, the world lit up and nothing mattered.

    Remember the good in your heart and keep on living, Ratna. Sending you xoxo. This Moong Pakon pitha is perfect. 🙂

    • Ratna
      May 12, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      Aww! Your words touched my heart, dear Pang. Stay blessed.

  • May 11, 2016 at 4:45 am

    What a beautiful and poignant post Ratna, and I am sure your mom loved these special treats. Brings back such vivid memories of my own mom who passed on way too young. You are so blessed to still have your mom with you.

    • Ratna
      May 11, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      I know I am Ev, and I’m so thankful for that. Everyday is a bonus. The memories of your mother will always be with you, nobody can ever take that away. Wish you all the very best.

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