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Pithala Vegan Chickpea Flour Curry Gluten Free

Pithala - Vegan | Gluten Free

Snehal Vaidya
Pithala is an authentic, vegan, gluten free and a dairy free staple from the western region of India. It can be assembled super quickly, tastes absolutely fabulous and is completely gluten and dairy free.
Course Meals
Cuisine Indian


  • 1/2 Cup Chickpea Flour
  • 2 Cup Water
  • 1 Medium sized onion finely chopped - 1
  • 1 Medium sized tomato finely chopped - 1 
  • 2 tbsp Mustard /Avocado / coconut oil
  • 1/2 tbsp Mustard seeds
  • 4 Green Chillies - 4 medium sized     
  • 1 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1/4th tbsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/4th tbsp Chili powder
  • Himalayan fine pink salt - as per taste
  • Garnish
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves   


  • To a heated skilled add mustard or any other oil that you are using
  • Once adequately hot add in mustard seeds
  • Once they start crackling in – add in the chilies and sauté them for 5-10 seconds
  • Next add in the onion – along with a little salt (approx 1/4th teaspoon) and sauté them on a medium flame for up to 10-15 mins until they are translucent and slightly golden brown
  • While the onions are cooking make the chickpea batter – combine 1/2 cup chickpea flour and 1 cup water in a bowl and mix well until all the lumps vanish. (Always maintain the ratio of 1 part chickpea flour to 2 part water for this recipe)
  • Once the onions are done add in the tomatoes and the spices- coriander powder, turmeric powder and chilli powder
  • Mix well and sauté for 4-5 mins
  • Next add in the chickpea batter & mix well (a bit slowly this time) until the batter thickens up considerably (about 30 – 45 seconds)
  • Then add in 1 more cup of water & mix well until all lumps vanish and you have an even textured curry
  • Add in the salt at this stage and mix well again
  • Cover the skillet and cook the curry for 4-5 mins
  • After 5 mins your pithala / besan curry / chickpea flour curry should be ready
  • Garnish with coriander leaves
  • Serve hot with steamed basmati rice or flatbread made out of sorghum flour or millet flour!


Keyword Pithala