Farida’s Bhapa Pitha


  • 2 cups Rice flour
  • 1½ cups fresh coconut or desiccated coconut, sweetened or unsweetened
  • ½ cup water, additional water for steaming
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup date molasses, coarsely broken into small pieces

Items Needed:

  • 2 pieces of cheese cloth
  • A deep, small, round bowl to shape pithas
  • Special bhapa pitha making pot or double boiler and aluminum foil


Steps to prepare pitha making pan if you do not have bhapa making pan:

  1. Fill the bottom of a double boiler with water and place the steam basket on top. Place aluminum foil inside. Using a fork, make few holes. Fold muslin cloth and place on top of aluminum foil. This will prevent the vapors from going out when you place the bowl you will be using to make the bhapa pithas.

Steps to prepare pitha:

  1. In a mesh shifter, shift rice flour – Add salt & ½ cup coconut.
  2. Using a small amount of water sprinkle on the flour mixture to dampen the flour. The flour should just bet wet not like dough. Rest the mixture for 30 minutes.
  3. Soak the muslin or cheese cloth and Set aside.
  4. Using a large shifter, shift flour again with the help of your palm.
  5. Boil water in the double boiler pot and watch for vapors to appear through the holes.

Steps to make and steam pitha:

  1. In a small bowl spread flour mixture only halfway in the bowl.
  2. Place some coconut and molasses at the center and cover gently with more flour mixture.
  3. Squeeze out the water from the cheese cloths and place the wet cloth on top the full bowl of flour. Carefully flip the bowl upside down with the help of the cloth and using the palm of your hand as guidance.
  4. Gather the corners of the cloth with the bowl inside and carefully place the bowl inside the double boiler. The bowl should now be upside down inside of the double boiler. Cover and steam cook for 6-8 minutes.
  5. Carefully take out the bowl and unwrap the cloth from the bowl. Gently tap to release the bhapa pitha on a plate.
  6. Rinse the hot cloth into a bowl of water and squeeze out the water.
  7. Repeat steps 1-6 to continue making the remaining bhapa pithas. Soak the cloth in water when done.
  8. Enjoy hot bhapa pithas!

Note: Recipe Courtesy Farida Miah (My Mommy)

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