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 Litti Chokha

Litti- chokha is a very tasty and popular Bihari dish. Litti is the main part of dish and Chokha is accompaniment to Litti. Litti is basically made of round wheat flour dough with a filling of specially prepared sattu (fine ground chana powder).

Preparation of the filling:

Take about 250 grams of Sattu and add finely chopped garlic, green chilli, coriander leaves. Ginger, onion, ajwain,1 spoon lemon juice, salt to taste and mix well with little bit of water to form a semi wet filling.

Preparation of base:

Take 500 grams of wheat flour; add 4 spoons of ghee or oil, 2 spoons of salt, half spoon baking powder and mix well with water to make dough. 

Preparation of Litti: 

Make small round ball of the dough, flatten it slightly and pressing in the middle make a cup shape out of it and fill about one-two spoons of filling. Now close the edges of cup so as to make a round Litti. Place the Littis so made on the oven pan and bake them till they are cooked. Traditionally the littis are cooked on the burning cow dung cakes. Depending upon your appetite and choice add ghee on the surface of Littis or dip them in ghee or you can have it dry if you are very health conscious. You can make about 16 littis out of this much of flour and sattu.

 You can make Sattu Paratha(Bhabhari) also by rollimg the filled dough and cooking it on flat fry pan with oil/ghee. 

Preparation of Chokha/Bharta: 

It is made of big size round eggplant popularly known as bhanta in Bihar. Take two eggplants and Pierce them at two three places, place them on medium gas flame and roast till the skin becomes black. 

Peel off the skin of roasted eggplants and mash it, mix finely chopped green chillies, garlic, ginger, one teaspoon lemon juice and one teaspoon mustard oil. Add salt to taste and mix it well. Garnish with coriander leaves. The Chokha is now ready. 

Serve and enjoy hot Littis with Chokha, the most popular and authentic Bihari dish!