This one has been in my to do list for at least a few months if not more. But finally when I tried the famous Bihari food, Litti Chokha this simple recipe left me amazed with its simplicity and lovely flavors. It was almost first time to taste the litti with chokha, I have tried litti couple of times but never with chokha, and I must say they make a very nice pair.
Basically litti is a bread filled with spiced sattu mixture/ kind of a thick sattu kachori. If you are wondering what is Sattu? It is gram flour made by a process of roasting soaking and grinding black grams/black chickpeas, making it very healthy for your tummy and digestion. Sattu is consumed a lot during summers as it is considered to cool stomach and aids digestion.
If you don’t have sattu in hand like me, try grinding roasted dalia or the bhuna chana without the black coating on it, to a powder and use it in place of sattu. (That’s what I used)
Now Chokha is more like a raw bharta, which can be made with potatoes and eggplant individually or both cooked together. The chokha I made had charred potatoes, onion and tomatoes.
Thus this litti chokha combination is of nice and crusty stuffed bread, that has been baked in oven (I know that some people deep fry them too) with a soft, very spicy potato mash served with ghee and thats a lot of ghee. Sounds interesting right.
The litti and chokha has a strong flavor of garlic. So if you are not a garlic lover try adapting the amount of garlic to your liking. The litti chokha recipe here is for a nice garlic flavored version.
- All Purpose flour (Maida): 2 cups
- Whole Wheat Flour (Atta): 1/2 cup
- Oil:6 tbsp
- Sattu: 1 cup
- Salt: to taste
- Onion: 1 medium
- Garlic: 6-8 cloves
- Green chilies:4-5
- mustard oil: 2 tbsp
- Ghee :1 cup (for dipping litti)
- Boiled potatoes: 5 medium
- Onion: 2 medium
- Tomato:1 medium
- Garlic: 10 cloves
- Green Chilies: 4-5
- Salt : To taste
- Mustard Oil: 2 Tbsp
- Mix All Purpose flour and whole wheat flour and add a little salt and mix well.
- Add 6 tbsp oil and mix well rubbing the flour in between palms.
- Knead the flour with required water into a soft dough.
- Cover and keep it aside for 30 minutes.
- In a bowl mix sattu, salt, Chopped onion, garlic and chilies and mustard oil and mix well. This would be the filling for Littis. Make sure the mixture is semi dry if needed add more oil to adjust filing.
- Divide the dough into small lemon size balls and spread a bit with rolling pin.
- Generously fill the stuffing and seal well, use water on the sides if needed for sealing.
- The littis are good to go into the oven preheated at 200 degrees now.
- Bake them for 18-20 minutes flipping half way, keeping and eye on them or until they are nice and golden.
- Peel the boiled potatoes
- Now on Open Flame char, peeled potatoes, tomatoes and peeled onion.
- Mash the charred potato, peel and chop the tomato and chop the charred onion too.
- In a pan heat mustard oil and add onion & garlic. Saute for 30 seconds add chopped chilies cook for another 30 seconds and turn off the flame.
- We don't want the onion to cook too much and loose its crunch.
- Add the mix to the mashed potatoes and add tomatoes remove the seeds if needed.
- Add salt mix and your chokha is ready to serve.
- Dip the litti in ghee and serve with chokha and enjoy.