Pithla Bhakri, Sinhagad Fort, Pune, Maharashtra

Pithla Bhakri – Rural Food Personified!

I like experiencing authentic local food from different regions. We all know how India is full of diversity and as it is said, after every few kms you can see the change in attire, food and water. I wish, I could travel each and every state and try the authentic local food. 

Bhakri in the making on wood fire, Sinhgadh Fort, Pune
Bhakri in the making on wood fire, Sinhgadh Fort, Pune

Nevertheless, I can anyway start with my state – Maharashtra, and here it is. Today in this post, I will be sharing the staple/comfort food of Maharashtra β€” Pithla Bhakri. It is commonly prepared in many Maharashtrian homes and the best one is available at Sinhagad Fort. Well, the super easy dish is not only deliciousΒ but healthy as well. Pithla is the thick spicy yellow curry made with gram flourΒ and buttermilk along with some onions and spices. You do not need any veggies for it. Since it is not too costly to make, it is also called Farmers’ food. Pithla is easy and simple to cook and served mostly with Bhakri (Flatbread) and Thecha (Spicy condiment).

Pithla Bhakri Thali, Sinhagad Fort, Pune, Maharashtra
Pithla Bhakri Thali, Sinhagad Fort, Pune, Maharashtra
Woman cooking Bhakri on wood fire, Sinhgadh Fort, Pune
Woman cooking Bhakri on wood fire, Sinhagad Fort, Pune

Bhakri can be made from different flours, the one served with Pithla is Jowar Bhakri (Sorghum Bread) which is hand rolled and cook on medium flame. It is coarser than roti and can be either soft or hard depends upon the cooking style. Sorghum is a super food and the Bhakri pairs well with the Pithla.

Thecha on the other hand is a very interesting addition just like chutney. The lip-smacking combo of coarsely grounded green chillies, garlic, panuts and coriander will blow your mind. The whole meal also adds onions on the side.

Pithala Bhakri, Sinhagad Fort, Pune, Maharashtra
Pithala Bhakri, Sinhagad Fort, Pune, Maharashtra

You can relish Pithla Bhakri at many restaurants but if you want to get the best, authentic and raw experience, I would suggest to visit Sinhagad Fort and try the amazing thali along with a cup of Dahi (Curd) and deep fried Onion Fritters.
Enjoy some of the photos of its preparation.

Kanda Bhajiya, Pithala Bhakri, Dahi, Lunch Meal at Sinhagad Fort, Pune
Kanda Bhajiya, Pithala Bhakri, Dahi, Lunch Meal at Sinhagad Fort, Pune

I am sure you will love it. How much are you passionate about the food? Do you also travel for food? Please share your experiences, I would love to read! πŸ™‚ Would you like to see more of such posts? Please comment…:)

Pithala Bhakri and Chai, Sinhagad Fort, Pune
Pithala Bhakri and Chai, Sinhagad Fort, Pune

33 thoughts on “Pithla Bhakri – Rural Food Personified!

  1. I like Bhakri.. It’s quite healthy and delicious as well.. ☺️
    I stay in Mumbai, but I thought that Bhakri is originally a Sindhi or Gujarati dish.. But anyways, thanks for the post.. Got to learn something new from you.. ☺️

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    1. Yes….Bhakri is quite delicious. “Bhakri” can originally be Gujrati or Marathi or Sindhi but apparently, I was talking about the combo of “Pithla-Bhakri” which is a staple in Maharashtra. πŸ˜€ Have you been to Sinhagad Fort in Pune?

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      1. Noted Madam.. 😊
        During monsoons the scenes will be better, but safety might be compromised. The Winter is a better choice I believe.. 😊
        Thank you for your suggestions..!!

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      2. My next post? Well I am working on one, though I am not a regular writer.. But thank you so much for your comment.. 😊 Feel good to know that you like some of my posts.. 😊

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      3. I shall try to do so and write more Madam.. 😊 Thank you so much..!!
        In the meantime, I invite you to try reading some of my previous posts and let me know your feedback on the same.. 😊

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      4. Hi Madam.. Pleased to say that I posted a new article.. Hope you find it good.. ☺️ Eager to know your feedback.. ☺️ Thank you for encouraging to write more..!!

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  2. Pithale Bhakari is authentic Maharashtrian food but the taste and style of making them is not uniform. What you get at Sinhagad and what one would get in Kolhapur, Nagpur (Vidharbha), Jalgaon (Khandesh) and other geographical areas of Maharashtra would be made differently and taste different (due to style of making and food habits).

    One thing that would remain common anywhere in Maharashtra is Bhakari and Pithale is a very wholesome and nutritious food to eat.

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    1. Yes, I agree Harshad. Pithale Bhakri is authentic food of Maharashtra but technique of making is different. For example the Jhunka in Vidarbha. Though taste may differ, but the essence and rawness of village food is unmatchable.

      You said it…the wholesome and nutritious food has to be Pithala Bhakri. πŸ˜ŠπŸ™Œ

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