Yesterday evening, looking out the rains, me, Biman and my mother in law were having some casual talk over a cup of tea and some coconut -jaggery ladoos . During our conversation a topic of malpuwa and pitha came up, when Maa insisted in me having bananas later in the evening. I simply said, we will make either malpuwa or pithas as I didn’t want have them. My concern was more as in when the jackfruit would be cut, in fact I was waiting for my father in law to break the huge jack fruit that he saved for me, fresh from our backyard jackfruit tree.
It was 7pm in the evening and was still raining, the smell of jackfruit lingered all around the house, the moment father cut it. We all sat together enjoying, one of my favorite fruit with lots of chatting. Maa asked me “did you ever had jack fruit pitha”? I said no, astonishingly. Then I said, ” okay Maa tom I’ll make jackfruit-Banana pitha for breakfast “.
For the first time I was trying this as per my mother in laws direction, so quite obvious, with much excitement I started preparing for the Pithas in traditional way wrapped in fresh banana leaves and cooked it on a medium to high heat. The Pithas came out amazingly delicious, with lots of fresh flavors of jackfruit, banana and coconut. Moreover it hardly took any time to prepare. A perfect form of healthy tasty breakfast pitha( pancakes).
• 300 gms jackfruit seedless
• 4 small bananas
• 1 cup fresh grated coconut
• 1 1/2 cup rice flour
• 2 Tbsp whole wheat flour
• 1-2 Tbsp sugar
• 1/2 Tsp salt
• 1/2 cup water
• Banana leaves cut into medium rectangular size
1) Wash and cut the banana leaves and keep it aside.
2) Mash the ripe bananas and jack fruits. Add the rice flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, salt and combine by adding little water to form a thick batter consistency.
3) Pour a small serving spoonful of the batter on the banana leaf ,spread it out, top it with some grated coconut and fold it.
4) Place the ready leaves with batter on a hot flat pan. Cover and let it cook for 2-3 mins on each sides
5) If the batter does not stick the leaf and is slightly roasted, this means that your pitha is done. If the pitha is still sticky, cover and let it cook for few more minutes.
3) Serve it with a hot cup of Assam tea