I once had this litti chokha at a food festival in Pune…the ladies preparing this delicacy looked so quick with their movements busy roasting the littis on a tandoor covered with a mesh. The look didnt attract me…but my friends insisted on having a bite. But to my suprise this really was too tasty….which pushed me towards finding out its recipe.
Then on one fine evening when I was not in a mood of cooking a full course meal, I made an attempt to try this out and you won’t believe my husband literally kissed my palms. So I thought why not share this simple yet healthy n delicious recipe from the Northern India:
Litti or bati:
- 2 cups wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp carom seeds ajwain
- 2 tbsp of ghee
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup roasted gram bhune chane or sattu(if its available )
- 4-5 cloves Garlic grated
- 1 medium size onion finely chopped
- 1 ” Ginger grated
- 2 -3 Green chilies finely chopped
- ½ cup coriander leaves finely chopped
- ½ tsp kalonji onion seeds
- 1 tsp carom seeds ajwain
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 stuffed red chilli pickle if not available you can use any pickle
- Salt to taste
- 2 medium-sized boiled potatoes
- 1 big rounded brinjal baingan
- 3 medium-sized tomatoes
- 4-5 garlic cloves peeled
- 2-4 finely chopped green chillies
- 1/2 ” peice of ginger grated
- 2 medium-sized onions finely chopped
- 1 tbsp finely chopped coriander dhania
- 2 tsp mustard oil
- salt to taste
Sieve the flour in big bowl, add salt, carom seeds and oil.
Knead the dough properly with the help water.
Dough should be moderately soft . Let it sit aside for sometime and keep it covered with a damp cloth.
Next grind roasted gram to powder along black pepper (incase sattu is not available ).
Pour the mixture into a mixing bowl, add in all the spices and grated ginger, green chillies, coriander, lemon juice, and mix well.If it seems too dry, add a tsp of oil and few drops of water to it.
The texture should be crumbly, Keep aside.
Now take medium-sized dough. Make smal round balls from each one.
Simply roll it like a small chapati, but don’t apply any extra flour to it.
Take 2 tsp filling on it, pinch it from all sides so that filling gets covered from each side.
Pinch the extra dough from top , mould it round like a ball.
Here is your litti already for baking.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
Place all the balls on a baking rack and bake them for 30-40 minutes.
Flip the side half way through, you may have to do it 2-3 times in between to get the even cooking done.
- Here is your litti ready…
Boil the potatoes remove the skin and keep aside.
Roast brinjal and tomatoes in the oven or on the gas stove on medium flame from both the sides untill it becomes soft.
Peel of the burnt skin of the brinjal.
Mash boiled potatoes, brinjal along with garlic and tomatoes together.
Add finely chopped onion, coriander leaves, grated ginger salt, green chillies and mustard oil.
Mix all the ingredients with hands properly.
Chokha is ready.
Put Chokha in a bowl, dip hot Litti in melted Ghee and serve with green coriander chutney.
Litti can also be broken through the centre and then ghee can be poured on top, this way it reaches the stuffing too.
Try this mindblowing recipe and do share you feedback with me.