I had been racking my brains over what dish to make, came up with varied ideas but ultimately, because of lack of time ended up making the simple, but tasty Thalipeeth- the wholesome Maharashtrian one meal dish. The thalipeeth is very nutritious, filling, quick and easy to make. It is basically a bread/bhakri made out of 6-7 different ingredients which are roasted and grounded to make what is known as the Bhajani. This mixture of different flours and pulses such as wheat, juwar, bajra, chana dal, rice and millet is commonly available in India. To this mixture, you add some green chillies, diced onions, chilli, turmeric and coriander-cumin powder, and there you have the recipe for the thalipeeth. Traditionally the thalipeeth is served with some home-made butter (called "loni" in marathi) or plain curd. P loves thalipeeth so much that i had my cousin get me some bhajani the last time that he went to India. So here's my entry for Nupur's A-Z of Indian vegetables.
500 gm bhajani flour
2 small red onions
5-6 green chillies
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp coriander cumin powder
a pinch of turmeric
a pinch of sugar
salt as per taste
3 tsp coriander
1. Mix all the ingredients together and make a firm dough out of it. Keep it aside for 15-20 minutes.
2. Wet your palms with some oil or water and on a plastic sheet, start patting the small balls of dough into a round and even flat shape. Make a couple of holes in it so that it will help cook the thalipeeth better.
3. Heat a pan and grease it with some oil. Place the thalipeeth in the pan and apply some more oil to the holes and on the sides and cook it on both sides till you see brown spots.
4. Remove and serve with some butter.