Patishapta: What Makes The Bengali Stuffed Crepe Treat A Spring Favourite
In terms of appearance, Patishapta can be called the Indian cousin of French thin and crispy crepes. Stuffed with delectable jaggery, and grated coconut filling, Patishapta is one of the forms of Pitha which is famous across East India territory. Pitha is a type of rice cake from the eastern regions of the Indian subcontinent; common in Bangladesh and India, especially the eastern states of Odisha, Assam, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and the north-eastern region of India. Pithas are typically made of rice flour, but there are many households who also make them in semolina and refined flour.
Traditional preparation of Patishapta would include soaking rice overnight. And grinding this soaked rice into smooth batter. The grinding business is typically done on ‘shilnora’ (a three inch high flat piece of stone on which you grind the rice with another stone, sliding it up and down). Nowadays, one can do that in mixer grinders as well.
For the filling, in a separate wok, grated coconut or khoya, with sugar or jaggery are placed over low flame. Milk and cardamom are then added to the mix for a fragrant touch. This sticky filling is kept aside for 15 minutes to cool. For the patishapta, a thin layer of the batter is spread using a laddle. Upon its cooking, the filling is added and the patishapta is rolled. And finally the patishaptas are topped with sweetened condensed milk and chunky nuts.