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Dal ke Phare /Pitha

Dal ke Phare or Pitha is a rice flour or wheat flour dumpling which is stuffed with chana dal pithi . its a traditional dish of eastern UP and Bihar.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Breakfast, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 15 pieces


  • For making the Dough
  • 2 Cups Wheat Flour
  • Pinch of salt.
  • Water for kneading the dough.
  • 1 Tsp Canola oil /any other oil of your choice.
  • Making of Stuffing /Pitthi
  • 1 Cup Chana Dal soaked at least for 2-3 hours .
  • 1 Tsp Ginger chopped finely
  • 1 Tsp Garlic
  • Cups Cilantro leaves chopped
  • 2 Green Chilies
  • A pinch of asafoetida/Hing
  • Salt according to taste.


  • Wash the Dal well and soak it in enough water .
  • Drain it .
  • Grind all the dal ,ginger ,garlic,green chilies,salt ,hing and cilantro leaves together,into a smooth paste.
  • Remove the paste in a bowl and keep it aside.
  • Making of Dough
  • Mix whole wheat flour ,salt and water to make a smooth and firm dough .
  • AFter making the dough apply all the oil over it and knead it for few minutes . That will make dough smooth and supple.
  • Assembling the Pitha.
  • Take a small size ball of dough.
  • Roll it nicely like a small poori. Poori should not be too thick or thin.
  • Place 1 ½ spoon of pitthi on the flattened dough.
  • Gently fold over the flattened dough and pinch the edges to close the pitha. Shape will look like a pitha.
  • Make all the pithas and keep it in a large tray or plate.
  • Now take a big pot and fill it with water . Add salt to it .
  • When the water starts to boil ,add phara or pitha one by one.
  • Let it boil on medium for 10-12 minutes with half covered by lid.
  • After 10-12 minute it will start to come on the surface of water/float on the water ,if not leave it for a few minutes more.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove all the pharas on a paper towel.
  • Your Pharas are ready to serve .
  • How to make fried Phara /Pitha.
  • Take a Phara and cut it into three pieces with a sharp knife.
  • Take a wok and add some oil for deep frying.
  • When the oil is quite hot fry the Phara/Pitha pieces till they are crisp and red.
  • Remove them on a paper towel .
  • Serve them with hari dhaniye ki chutney or chutney of your choice.