Litti Chokha – Bihari Special is a complete traditional meal from the Indian state Bihar.
Litti is a Bihari bread in the form of a dough ball, that is stuffed with spicy 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 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 coal, the results are not the 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 that was appreciated by my family and I was 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 the 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 them together to seal the ball.
Roll it neatly and make a perfect ball.
Preheat the oven at
Bake till golden.
Some more Bihari dishes
- 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 .