Littis dripping with pure desi ghee and a combination of Baingan and Aloo ka Chokha remind us of a typical Bihari dish. Litti-Chokha is a famous dish that has its origins from Bihar but it is famous across the whole country and served at nearly all restaurants and street stalls in India. So now let us know how this dish evolved.
What Is Litti Chokha?
The term Litti is a dough ball stuffed with sattu and roasted until cooked. To enhance the taste it is dipped in pure desi ghee while Chokha is made with eggplant, potato, tomato, and a lot of spices. It is not cooked like a regular vegetable rather it is a roasted vegetable mix that is roasted with mustard oil to add extra flavor. The best part of the dish is that that it is healthy in a way that both litti and chokha are roasted and there is no frying involved of course excluding the desi ghee.
The heavenly taste of the dish has made it popular across the whole country. In a cold winter month, people love to eat the dish. Litti chokha is a popular snack but people love to eat in their meals also. One can compare it to daal baati in Rajasthan. Traditionally it is poor man’s food, a staple for laborers, and easily accessible to farmers working in the field. Moreover with sattu available easily across the span of the state, generally no gas connection is required to make this cuisine. Such was its simplicity and convenience that it was cooked in the fields only. Nowadays it is available in new age restaurants like Magadh and Awadh in Gurgaon.
The modified version of this traditional dish, ‘Litti chat ‘ is served with ghoognis, sev, onions, chat masalas. Aarth, a dining restaurant in Mumbai that uses only a chulha for cooking(no gas) also serves this traditional Bihari dish. Known as Litti-Chokha on their menu, the charcoal-fired litti is served with aloo and baingan chokha with tomato chutney. Such is the authenticity of this dish that PM Modi has shared a picture on Instagram with the caption ‘Had excellent Litti Chokha for Lunch. Have you tried this delicacy?’. This picture is of Hunar Haat at India Gate taken in the month of February where the festival is hosted by local artisans and craftsmen who also have an interesting line up of food stalls and pop-ups.
So here are six facts you should know about this Bihari delicacy:
1. Litti is traditionally roasted over coal or cow dung cakes or wood and tossed with oodles of ghee before serving hot.
2. Litti resembles Baati, a Rajasthani dish but it is different in terms of preparation and taste.
3. Litti can also be served with Yogurt, aloo bharta, baingan bharta and tomato chutney.
4. Chokha is mixed vegetable preparation of roasted and mashed eggplant, potato, and tomato. It has semi-dry consistency.
5. The sattu stuffed with litti plays a very critical role. Dry sattu is mixed with garlic, ginger, lime juice, and nigella seed for a more flavourful fare. Once the litti is baked it is broken and stuffed with lots of ghee.
6. Common accompaniments served with Litti Chokha are raw onions and lemon.
Are you slurping too? Try making this delicious delight at home and enjoy with your family.
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