Rice Cakes/Tekeli Pitha

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Assamese Cuisine and Recipes

Steamed Rice Cake

Tekeli Pitha or steamed rice cake is a breakfast delicacy of Assam, India.These steamed cakes can be either savory or sweet .Savory generally has egg as a filling while the sweet version is filled with grated coconut or black sesame seeds and jaggery.

Traditionally, it is prepared by soaking raw rice in water, draining the rice and grinding the rice while still damp. But to make the process more simple store bought rice flour can be used effectively. The prepared rice powder is then steamed in a special utensil called “Tekeli” (Assamese word for an earthen pitcher).

However; many use a kettle or a vegetable steamer these days to make Tekeli Pitha.


(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.

Place a thin muslin cloth at the mouth of the pitcher.

Make a dip in middle of the cloth and fill 1/2 way  with prepared rice powder.

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.




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