Litti Chokha is a traditional dish eaten mainly in Bihar and Jharkhand. It can be had in lunch or dinner. Litti is similar to 'Rajasthani Dal Baati Churma' in appearance but there is a little difference. The stuffing to be filled in it is made with Sattu and Litti is eaten with brinjal or mashed potato known as 'Chokha'. Chokha is mashed vegetable preparation, usually prepared with potatoes, tomatoes and brinjal. One of the unique techniques used in this cooking is fire roasting vegetables and chillies, especially to prepare Chokha. Chokha is similar to the famous "Bharta" with a slight variation in preparation.
Ingredients for Litti Dough:
Wheat flour - 2 cups
Ajwain - 1/2 tsp
Ghee - 2 tbsp
Curd -3/4 cup
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 3/4 tsp
Ingredients for Stuffing:
Sattu - 1 cup
Ginger - 1 inch
Green chilli - 2 to 4
Coriander leaves -1/2 cup (finely chopped)
Roasted Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Ajwain - 1 tsp
Mustard oil - 1 tsp
Pickle spices -1 tbsp
Lemon - juice of 1 lemon
Salt to taste
Ingredients for Chokha:
Brinjal - 1
Tomatoes - 4
Onion - 2 (finely chopped)
Green chillies -2 to 4 (finely chopped)
Ginger - 1 and 1/2 inch ( finely chopped)
Garlic cloves - 4 to 6 (finely chopped)
Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp ( finely chopped)
Salt to taste
Mustard oil - 1 to 2 tsp
Method to make Litti:
Sift the flour and keep it in a utensil, put Ghee, baking soda, Ajwain and salt in flour then mix well.
Beat curd and put it in flour as well.
Knead to a soft dough using warm water.
Cover the dough and keep aside for 30 minutes.
In a mixing bowl put Sattu and add chopped ginger, green chillies, coriander, lemon juice, salt, cumin, ajwain, mustard oil and pickle spices in it.
Mix all the ingredients properly; if the stuffing seems dry then add 1-2 spoons of water to it.
Now make medium sized balls from the dough.
With the help of fingers expand the pieces 2-3 inches in diameter.
Place 1 and 1/2 tsp of stuffing in it, wrap up the dough piece and close from all sides.
Press this stuffed pieces to flatten it a bit.
Heat the Tandoor, place the stuffed pieces of dough in the Tandoor and cook it by turning sides regularly till they turn brown.
Method to make Chokha:
Fry the brinjal and tomatoes.
Peel 4-5 boiled potatoes break them into small pieces.
Allow them to cool, peel the skins, keep them in a bowl and mash with a spoon.
Put the chopped spices, salt, oil and mix properly.
Put the Chokha in a bowl. Dip hot Litti in melted Ghee. Litti can also be broken at the centre and then dipped. Serve with Chokha and green coriander chutney.
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