Litti is a Bihari bread in the form of a dough ball , stuffed with spicy sattu which is roasted gram flour. The Litti is roasted over coal and is a close cousin to Rajasthani Baati .
Litti makes a complete meal when served with chokha . Chokha is a mash , it could be with eggplants , potatoes or even tomatoes . The mash is made by roasting brinjals or tomatoes over coal , adding spices and a dash of mustard oil . Mustard oil has a sharp and pungent flavour and one has to be careful while using it .
The Bihari Litti looks quite close to the Rajasthani Baati but it is very different in taste and texture . Litti is stuffed with sattu , which is roasted gram flour ,The roasted flour is seasoned with pickling spices and mustard oil. The Litti is roasted over coal or cow dung , unlike the baati which is baked in a a clay oven . On my visit to Bihar , I saw Litti’s being made on the streets , it is a staple there and people have it for their lunch.
I have baked the Litti as I could not roast it over a coal , the results are not same but very close . Normally the Litti’s are tossed in ghee after roasting but , I just drizzled some ghee over one Litti as we wanted to avoid those extra calories .
I served the Litti with Aloo ka Chokha and Tamatar ka Chokha . Aaloo ka Chokha is a very quick mash provided you have boiled potatoes . I still remember the live demo of the Bihari street vendor who made this mash with Litti in 15 – 20 minutes . Turmeric is optional in this mash but mustard oil is a total must . Tamatar ka Chokha is a Bihari version of salsa . This was one delicious meal which was appreciated by my family and I was a happy that I chose to make Litti for the theme Flatbreads and More.
1 cup wheat flour
2 tbsp ghee
1/2 tsp baking powder
Salt to taste
1 cup sattu flour
1/2 tsp red chilly powder
1 tbsp pickle masala
1/4 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp mangrela ( Bihari masala )
1/2 tsp lemon juice
Salt to taste
Mix all dry ingredients under stuffing .
Now add oil and lemon juice . Mix again.
Sprinkle a few drops of water so that the stuffing can come together .
Take the flour in a bowl .
Add salt and baking powder , mix well .
Rub in ghee and adding water bind a stiff but pliable dough.
Pinch out tennis size bowls .
Take a ball and shape it like a bowl .
Fill in a tbsp of the prepared stuffing .
Pull the edges and bring together to seal the ball .
Roll it neatly and make a perfect ball .
Preheat the oven at
Bake till golden .
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