Methi Pitla is a simple yet tasty Maharashtrian delicacy that can be rustled up in a jiffy to enrich your diet with iron, folic acid and zinc too. Zinc plays an important role in maintaining your immunity levels, and also lends a stunning glow to your skin. Just make sure you serve the Pitla immediately on preparation, as it becomes lumpy over time.

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Makes 2 servings


3/4 cup finely chopped fenugreek (methi) leaves
3/4 cup besan (bengal gram flour)
2 tsp oil
1 tsp garlic (lehsun) paste
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 tsp finely chopped green chillies
a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1/4 tsp chilli powder
salt to taste

For Serving
whole wheat bhakris /chapatis


  1. Combine the besan along with 2 cups of water in a deep bowl and whisk well till no lumps remain.
  2. Heat the oil in a non-stick kadhai, add the garlic paste and the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Add the fenugreek leaves, green chillies and asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Add the prepared besan-water mixture, turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring continuously.
  5. Serve immediately with whole wheat bhakris or chapatis.

Nutrition Value

Value per serving % Daily Values
Energy 295 cal 15%
Protein 13.6 g 25%
Carbohydrates 41.1 g 14%
Fiber 10.6 g 42%
Fat 8.6 g 13%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Vitamin A 370.2 mcg 8%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 0.3 mg 30%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.1 mg 9%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1.7 mg 14%
Vitamin C 9.7 mg 24%
Vitamin E 0 mg 0%
Folic Acid (Vitamin B9) 92.7 mcg 46%
Calcium 91.4 mg 15%
Iron 3.7 mg 18%
Magnesium 93.2 mg 27%
Phosphorus 220.1 mg 37%
Sodium 54.3 mg 3%
Potassium 488 mg 10%
Zinc 1.2 mg 12%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.