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Recipe Of The Delicious Litti Chokha Of Bihar

A traditional Bihari recipe, Litti chokha is a delicious cuisine that one can include in their lunch or dinner menu. Litti has a filling of sattu and various other spices like ajwain and kalonji which makes it a healthy option for everyone. Litti when served with Chokha made with mashed potatoes, eggplant, and tomatoes along with chutney make it an absolute delight.

Key Ingredients

 atta flour, salt, Water (as required), oil, sattu, salt, mustard oil, onion, kalonji seeds, ajwain, pickle, potatoes, coriander, chili, Salt (as required), mustard oil, Whole red chili, tomatoes, brinjal, chili, coriander, mustard oil, lemon juice, Whole red chili, ginger, ghee.

Ingredients For Dough

  • Wheat flour – 400 grams (2 cups)
  • Ajwain(carom seeds) – 1/2 tsp
  • Ghee – 2 tbsp
  • Curd – 3/4 cup
  • Baking soda – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – 3/4 tsp

Ingredients For Stuffing (Pitthi):

  • Sattu – 200 grams (1 cup)
  • Ginger – 1-inch long piece
  • Green chilly – 2 to 4
  • Green coriander(dhania) – 1/2 cup(finely chopped)
  • Jeera(cumin seeds) – 1 tsp
  • Ajwain(carom seeds) – 1 tsp
  • Mustard oil – 1tsp
  • Pickle spices – 1 tbsp
  • Lemon – juice of 1 lemon (if you prefer)
  • Salt – add to taste ( 1/2 tsp)

Ingredients For Chokha

  • Brinjal(big) – 400 grams (1 or 2)
  • Tomatoes – 250 grams ( 4 medium-sized)
  • Green chilies – 2 to 4 (finely chopped)
  • Ginger – 1 1/2 inch long piece ( finely chopped)
  • Green coriander – 2 tbsp ( finely chopped)
  • Salt – add to taste (1 tsp)
  • Mustard oil – 1 to 2 tsp

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Step1 – How to prepare the dough for Litti

Litti Chokha is extremely easy to put together and can be a wholesome delight for Bihari cuisine lovers. To make the dough for Litti, take a mixing bowl and wheat flour. Add mustard oil to it and a pinch of salt. Add warm water frequently and knead a soft dough. Cover the dough and keep aside for 30 minutes. Dough required to make litti is ready.

Step2 – How to make stuffing for Litti

Wash, chop, and finely chop ginger into small pieces. Similarly, take some green chilies and green coriander leaves, wash them and finely chop them into small pieces. take out sattu in a utensil and mix the chopped green chilies, coriander, ginger, lemon juice, salt, jeera, ajwain, mustard oil and pickle spices in it. Mix all the ingredients properly and if the sattu seems dry, add some teaspoonful of water into it, Sattu Pitthi is ready.

Step3 – How to make Litti

Break off medium sized pieces of the dough. With the help of your fingers expand the pieces of the dough a little bit to give it a good shape. Place 1 to 2 teaspoonful pitthi on it, wrap up the dough piece and close it from all the sides. Press these dough pieces  to flatten it a bit, Litti is ready for frying. Heat the tandoor (furnace) and place the dough pieces stuffed with litti on the tandoor and cook it by turning its sides regularly till they turn brown (traditionally Litti is cooked on Upla).

Step4 – How to make Chokha for Litti

Wash tomatoes and brinjals and fry them. Allow them to cool, peel their skin, keep it in a bowl, and mash with a spoon. Put the chopped spices, salt, oil, and mix properly. If you prefer garlic then peel 5 to 6 cloves of garlic, finely chop them and take one onion and finely chop it and mix with the chokha. Now your Chokha is ready.

Step5 – Aloo Ka Chokha

Peel 4-5 boiled potatoes, break them into small pieces, add chopped green chilies, green coriander, ginger, red chilly powder, and salt to it and mix it properly. Aloo ka Chokha is ready.

Step6 – Serve

Put Chokha in a bowl, dip hot Litti in melted Ghee, Litti can also be broken at the center and then dipped. Serve with Chokha, green coriander chutney and eat and enjoy with your family.

  • Serves – 4
  • Cooking time – 1 hour, 30 minutes

Your Litti Chokha is ready to be served with spicy chokha.

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