Patishapta is a popular sweet from the state of Bengal in India. I learnt this recipe from my friend Smita’s mother in law Mrs. Shyamali Mukherjee. I will refer to her as Aunty, as thats what I call her. I meet her many a times in the evening when she comes down for a walk and I am returning from work. We exchange smiles and check on each others well being but rarely talk, much. Last month she made Patishapta and sent it to us. After the Diwali overload of sweets I wanted to avoid sweets, but how could I resist a new sweet. One bite and thats it, I finished one full Patishapta. My husband who is also not very fond of sweets , loved it. I had to learn how to make it.
Smita and her family regularly supply me with Date Palm Jaggery. The Last time Smita got me Date Palm Jaggery I made Date Palm Jaggery Kheer ( Rice pudding made with Date palm Jaggery ). Shyamali Aunty reached Bangalore yesterday and she got me more Jaggery. I was actually waiting for her to come so that I could learn how to make Patishapta. It is fun to sit with elders and learn recipes from them. I love it not just because I learn from them , but also because we get to hear many stories. I discovered Shyamali Aunty also cooked sweets in large quantities at home like my mother. She has lived mostly out of Bengal and therefore used to make Patishapta during Holi and Diwali as well as Durga Pooja.
Patishapta is a crepe made with All Purpose Flour, Rice Flour and Semolina and stuffed with sweetened Coconut and reduced milk. The crepes for Patishapta are very similar to Meethe Pue, which is a Punjabi dish, though less sweeter. The date palm jaggery definitely gives an earthy flavour, however, if you can not get date palm jaggery use the normal jaggery or Sugar. Patishpata made with Date palm Jaggery is a winter speciality.If you like the recipe please show your support by clicking on the little heart on the top. If you would like to get notified whenever I post something new, please follow the blog. You will also find us on Facebook, Pinterest & Twitter