Pithla Bhakri Aur Thecha

Pithla Bhakri Aur Thecha

50 Mins
5-6 People
10 Mins



Growing up in the heart of Maharashtra, I was introduced to the vibrant flavors of Pithla Bhakri Aur Thecha at a young age. This traditional dish holds a special place in my heart as it reminds me of family gatherings, laughter-filled meals, and the unmistakable aroma of spices wafting from my grandmother's kitchen. I remember eagerly waiting for the Pithla to be served alongside hot Bhakris and fiery Thecha, savoring each bite with delight. The simplicity of the ingredients combined with the burst of flavors makes this dish a timeless classic in Maharashtrian cuisine, and it continues to be a favorite in my household to this day.



Pithla Bhakri Aur Thecha Recipe


Portion Servings: 5-6
Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 50 mins





For Jowar Bhakri:

  • 1 cup Jowar flour
  • ¼ cup Rice flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Warm water

For Pithla:

  • 1 tbsp Peanut oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Jeera
  • ½ tbsp Thecha
  • ½ tsp Hing
  • 5-10 Curry leaves
  • ⅔ cup Chopped onion
  • 1 cup Besan
  • Water as required
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder

For Thecha:

  • 15-20 Green chillies
  • 15-20 Garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp Jeera
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt





Jowar Bhakri:

  1. Prepare the Dough: Mix jowar flour, rice flour, and salt in a plate. Gradually add warm water and knead to form a soft dough.
  2. Knead the Dough: Ensure the dough is smooth and pliable.
  3. Shape the Bhakri: Divide the dough into portions, roll into balls, and flatten into thick, round bhakris.
  4. Cook the Bhakri: Cook on a hot pan, splashing water and cooking until golden brown spots appear on both sides.
  5. Serve: Remove from the pan and serve hot.

For Thecha:

  1. Dry Roast Ingredients: Dry roast green chillies and garlic cloves in an iron pan until slightly charred and aromatic.
  2. Cook with Spices: Add oil, jeera, and salt. Cook for a minute.
  3. Prepare the Paste: Pound the roasted ingredients into a coarse paste.
  4. Finish: The thecha is ready to be served as a spicy accompaniment.


  1. Prepare Besan Batter: Whisk besan, turmeric powder, salt, and water until smooth.
  2. Tempering: Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, and jeera. Let them crackle.
  3. Add Ingredients: Add thecha, hing, curry leaves, and onions. Sauté until onions are translucent.
  4. Cook Pithla: Pour besan batter into the pan, stirring continuously until thickened.
  5. Finish: Cover and simmer for 5-7 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves if desired.


Serving: Serve hot jowar bhakri with pithla, thecha, and sliced onions for a delicious meal.


Enjoy a flavorful Maharashtrian feast of jowar bhakri, thecha, and pithla!




About the Recipe


Pithla Bhakri Aur Thecha is a quintessential Maharashtrian dish consisting of Pithla, a spiced gram flour curry, Bhakri, a rustic flatbread made from millet flour, and Thecha, a fiery chili-garlic chutney. Each component of this dish complements the other, creating a symphony of flavors that is both comforting and satisfying. Pithla is known for its smooth and velvety texture, Bhakri adds a delightful crunch, and Thecha provides a spicy kick that elevates the entire meal. Whether enjoyed as a hearty lunch or a light dinner, Pithla Bhakri Aur Thecha is sure to leave your taste buds tingling and your soul satisfied.



Cooking Tips


  1. Whisk Pithla Thoroughly: Ensure that there are no lumps in the Pithla batter by whisking it thoroughly before cooking.
  2. Cook Bhakri on Low Heat: Cook Bhakris on low heat to ensure that they are evenly cooked and crisp on the outside.
  3. Adjust Spice Level: Adjust the amount of green chilies in Thecha according to your preference for spice.
  4. Use Fresh Ingredients: Use fresh and high-quality ingredients for the best flavor in Pithla, Bhakri, and Thecha.
  5. Serve Hot: Pithla Bhakri Aur Thecha is best enjoyed hot, straight from the stove to the plate.



Pairing Guide


  • Onion Salad: Serve Pithla Bhakri Aur Thecha with a simple onion salad dressed with lemon juice and salt.
  • Pickle: Pair the dish with your favorite pickle for an extra burst of flavor.
  • Chaas (Buttermilk): Cool down the spice with a refreshing glass of chaas or buttermilk on the side.




Frequently Asked Questions about Pithla Bhakri Aur Thecha


  1. What is Pithla Bhakri Aur Thecha?
    • Pithla Bhakri Aur Thecha is a traditional Maharashtrian dish consisting of spiced gram flour curry (Pithla), rustic flatbread (Bhakri), and fiery chili-garlic chutney (Thecha).
  2. Can I use store-bought Bhakri for this recipe?
    • While homemade Bhakri is preferred for its freshness and flavor, you can use store-bought Bhakri as a time-saving option.
  3. Is Pithla Bhakri Aur Thecha vegan-friendly?
    • Yes, this dish is vegan-friendly as it contains no animal products.
  4. Can I make Bhakris with wheat flour instead of millet flour?
    • Traditionally, Bhakris are made with millet flour (jowar or bajra), but you can substitute wheat flour if desired.
  5. How long does Pithla Bhakri Aur Thecha last?
    • Pithla Bhakri Aur Thecha is best enjoyed fresh, but leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. Reheat before serving.
  6. Can I adjust the thickness of Pithla?
    • Yes, you can adjust the thickness of Pithla by adding more or less water during the cooking process.
  7. Is Thecha very spicy?
    • The spiciness of Thecha can be adjusted by controlling the amount of green chilies used in the recipe.
  8. Can I make Pithla without onions?
    • Yes, you can omit onions from the Pithla recipe if you prefer or if you have dietary restrictions.
  9. What can I serve with Pithla Bhakri Aur Thecha?
    • You can serve the dish with accompaniments like onion salad, pickle, or chaas (buttermilk) for a complete meal experience.
  10. Can I freeze Pithla Bhakri Aur Thecha for later?
    • While Pithla and Bhakri are not suitable for freezing, Thecha can be frozen in small portions and thawed as needed.