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Homemade Litti Chokha

Baked Litti and Chokha is the perfect Bihari lunch!

Baked Litti and homemade Chokha

Perfect for the winters! Homemade, healthy and super delicious!

Food forms an important part of any culture which shapes its identity to some extent. We recognize certain authentic and popular Indian food items with the culture it is associated with, like the dal baati churma with the people of Rajasthan or sarsoon ka saag with the people of Punjab. Similarly, Litti Chokha resonates with Biharis as a staple meal and we are here to explore it’s recipe, with a slight twist. We have stayed in Patna, Bihar, for a few years, during the childhood days and both our parents belong to the state of Bihar. My mother has made Littis in the yester years, coupled with Chokha and my Dad reminisces the days when he would relish this good old combination, with mirth. Having heard many stories from them about the health factor as well as the goodness of Bihari cuisine, we were curious to try it out, at home. And, of course, what better to start with, than the classic Liti Chokha? Traditionally, it is made on a grill, but at home, we baked it in the oven and roasted it on the gas oven as well. Trust me, it turned out super delicious and everyone at home loved it!

This blog post brings a lot of nostalgia on the plate as we relished a homemade meal as a family, in Bangalore, that we would ideally have as a regular meal in our olden days at Patna. The recipe had to be shared for those looking to try it out and so, here you go-

Ingredients needed for Baked Litti (Makes 8-10 medium size littis)-

Whole Wheat Flour- 2 Cups

Sattu- 1 Cup

Chopped Garlic- 1 tbsp

Chopped ginger- 1 tbsp

Green Chilli- 2

Chopped Onion – 1 large

Coriander leaves – 1tbsp

Lemon juice- 2 tbsp

Mango/Chilli pickle- 1 tbsp

Mustard oil- 1 tbsp

Salt- 1tbsp

Ajwain – ½ tsp

Water/Milk to knead the dough

METHOD:

  1. For the dough, take the Atta in a bowl, add 2 tbsp ghee, 1 tbsp salt to it. Then, add enough water to make a soft dough out of it. This will be kneaded like a regular roti dough, the texture will be softer than that. Cover the dough and let it rest for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, let us prepare the filling.

Making of Bihari style Litti

  1. For the filling: In a bowl, take the Sattu, add the finely chopped onion, garlic, ginger, coriander to it. Give it a good mix.
  2. Add the lemon juice, salt, pickle, 1 tbsp mustard oil to this and mix well.
  3. Add 2-3 tbsp of water at this stage and make it come together as a crumbly mix.

Making of Bihari Style Litti

  1. When the litti dough is rested, make round shapes of it, with your hand, fill the Sattu in it, and make circles out of it.

Making of Litti Making of Litti

  1. Repeat the process with the entire dough until done.
  2. Place the Littis on a baking rack and brush them with Ghee/Oil.

Making of Litti baked

  1. Bake at 180 degrees for 20-25 minutes until they are done.
  2. Additionally, roast it for 2-3 minutes on a gas oven at a low flame for it to cook perfectly, and also give it the charred effect.

Making of Litti

Making of Litti - Bihari Style

  1. Your Littis are ready to be served!

Let us now prepare the Chokha:

  1. Boil one small brinjal, two medium size potatoes, 2 small tomatoes, until they soften.
  2. Peel them and mash it together in one bowl.
  3. Add to this, salt to taste, 1-2 tbsp mustard oil, chopped onion, coriander and mix well.
  4. Serve with Littis and enjoy the meal!

Bihari Litti Chokha images

Litti Chokha remains a family favorite, even today, and we look forward to making it once again at home. If you liked the recipe, try it out and enjoy!

 

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