Odiyal Pittu

This month, I have been sharing some recipes using palmyrah root which is an ingredient used in traditional North Sri Lankan cooking.

Odiyal (palmyrah root) flour

Odiyal (palmyrah root) flour

Odiyal flour ground from palmyrah root has a high calcium content and is very nutritious. To wrap the palmyrah feature, I would like to share my mother’s recipe for ‘odiyal pittu’.

And to wrap up a special month, I would like to share a couple of songs from my all-time favourite rock band – Queen. The first song is from the 14th Queen studio album.

This clip is from the 15th album, Made in Heaven, released in 1995.

Have a lovely weekend!

Odiyal Pittu

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: medium
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  • Odiyal flour – 1/2 cup
  • Ash plantain – 1, boiled and peeled
  • Jackfruit seeds – a handful, chopped & boiled
  • pasali keerai or spinach
  • Small onions – 2 or 3
  • Green chillies – 1 or 2
  • Carrot – small piece
  • Yardlong beans – 1 or 2
  • Mango – 1 or 2 tbsp, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Mix the odiyal flour with a little water and make the raw pittu.
  2. Add a little salt and all the chopped vegetables to the flour and mix well. Steam the pittu.
  3. Once the steaming is finished, just sprinkle with pepper when you remove the pittu from heat.
  4. Serve warm.

Recipe source: Raji Thillainathan.


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