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Jolpan – An Assamese Breakfast – Takeli Pitha

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Imtiaz Ullah
Imtiaz Ullahhttps://nomadlawyer.org/about/
Imtiaz Ullah is the founder of travel website - NomadLawyer. A Corporate Lawyer, Senior Travel Correspondent, The Traveller Trails magazine and also acts as an Advisory Member, NGO - Sarvahitey. His travel philosophy is exploring new places, meeting new people, knowing the culture, eating like a local. He always believes in the idea-“ Don't just be a traveller but a Responsible one”.
Breakfast like a King

Since my childhood I was always fascinated by Takeli Pitha. My unending love for Takeli Pitha makes me savour this tasty pitha each and every time I am in my homeland Assam. My visit to Assam is incomplete without Takeli Pitha. 

Takeli Pitha
Do you know what an Assamese breakfast is called?

An Assamese breakfast is called a Jolpan. In the land of Lahe Lahe(land of extreme slowness), our day doesn’t start without having a proper Jolpan. As life now is slowly but surely becoming fast paced especially in the urban set up the culture of Jolpan is gradually dying. Jolpan is very much interwoven in our culture and has deep rooted significance. I hope it never dies. So if you travel to Assam, don’t forget to have a proper Jolpan.

Know about Jolpan

Jolpan is generally very simple in preparation. It includes a variety of snacks like xandoh, pitha, laru, doi, muri etc. These names may sound  alien for someone who is not familiar with Assamese language or Assamese cuisine.

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The Land of Rice – Assam

Assam is also called the land of rice. An Assamese can have rice in different forms in all the meals. You will be astonished to know, that we can have rice during breakfast also. Bora saul,  Kumol saul ,Joha saul, we have it all in Assam. I won’t delve into these names now(you can Google the names), however, I would like to highlight my all time favorite Jolpan – Takeli Pitha through this blog.

There are different variety of rice in Assam which can be eaten without cooking, just by soaking them and all these rice forms are eaten along with curd /yogurt (doi), jaggery (goor), and various pitha. It is served with great fervor during the most popular festival Bihu of Assamese culture, in weddings and other occasions too.

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So without a further ado, let’s know about Takeli Pitha.

Takeli Pitha or Steamed Rice Cake

This breakfast delicacy of Assam can either be Savory or sweet.  The savory delight is filled with eggs to enhance the taste and the sweet is filled with grated coconut, black sesame seeds and jaggery.

How is it prepared

It is prepared by raw rice in water, draining the rice, and grinding the rice while it is damp. This can be also prepared by rice flour bought from the market. It makes the process more easier and less time consuming. The prepared rice powder is then subsequently steamed in a special utensil called “Takeli”(Assamese word for earthen pot).

However, a kettle or a vegetable steamer can also be used.

How to make Takeli Pitha?

Here’s the Takeli Pitha Recipe:


(Makes 1 -2 rice cake)

1 cup rice flour 1/4 tsp salt 3/4 cup warm water

2 tbsp shredded fresh coconut

1 tbsp grated jaggery

Step 1

Mix salt with the rice flour.

Step 2

Sprinkle little water at a time and mix with finger tips, till the rice flour starts looking like fine crumbs.

Step 3

Sieve mixture through a strainer . Leave sieved rice powder covered for 10 minutes.

Step 4

Mix the jaggery and coconut

Step 5

Bring water to boil in a kettle or pitcher.

Step 6

Add the filling and cover with the rice powder .

Cover with muslin and place a lid on top of the pitcher

Steam for 7-10 minutes

Gently remove from heat and unwrap the rice cake onto a plate. Remove the top portion and turn it over.

Tasty Takeli Pitha is ready to have

Why wait, let’s cook Takeli Pitha for breakfast!

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