How to make Bengali Patishapta

Happy Makar Sankranti to all!!

I would like to share my mother’s recipe for bengali patishapta, a sweet widely enjoyed during Makar sankranti.

Ingredients ( makes about 50):

For filling:

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 can evaporated milk

2% milk – 2 cups

1 packet milk powder

1 cup dried coconut powder/flakes

10 oz organic coconut flour

For pancake:

1 cup raw basmati rice

1 cup sooji/ semolina

2 cup all-purpose- flour

2% milk – 1/2 gallon or enough to make a thin runny batter

pinch of salt

1 tsp sugar

Oil to fry


Lightly dry-fry the basmati rice on a pan. The rice should turn white from translucent, giving off a slight aroma. Grind the rice in coffee grinder to make rice flour. Mix with equal or slightly 15% more portion of sooji. Add salt and sugar and store in a dry bowl. For the filling, heat the 2% milk a saucepan till it is about to boil. Then add the coconut powder/ flakes. Mix well. After the coconut is evenly mixed in the milk, add the evaporated milk. After some more stirring add the condensed milk. Keep stirring. When the mixture boils again, simmer the heat. Add milk powder and mix very well. Make sure it blends with the milk and no lumps are present. At the very end, add little by little, the coconut flour and keep stirring. Turn off heat and let it cool. Make several portions of the filling and form each portion into a shape of a side-pillow or kolbalish. (This filling may be used to make chandrapuli sweets also, using a sandesh mould or chhach.)

Mix the batter for pancake with 2% milk and make sure all the lumps are smoothed out. Use the hand to do it if necessary. Let it soak for at least 30 mins. Make sure it is runny enough. Add a cup of water to make it thin. Heat a non-stick pan and add tsp of oil. Take a ladle full of runny batter and pour on top of the oil. It will spread out like dosa batter does. Wait to flip it over. Turn it and fry it very lightly. Transfer to a plate, put the pillow-shaped filling and roll the pancake to a patishapta. See picture below:



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