Everyone You Should Know About the Bihari Delicacy Litti Chokha

Litti Chokha is a traditional dish eaten mainly in the states of U.P., Bihar and Jharkhad. It can be had for breakfast or snack, and if accompanied with daal aside it can be eaten for Lunch and dinner too. One can find this dish made traditionally in villages of Bihar and is as famous as a burger in America.

Littis dripping with pure desi gheeteamed up with baingan and aloo ka chokha reminds us of the typical Bihari culinary experience. Litti-Chokha is a special delicacy from Bihar that is famous everywhere across India. The flavours represent the earthiness of Bihar and you can find it at street stalls and even in fine-dine restaurants. Here’s a little back story on how this much-loved regional dish evolved.

What is Litti Chokha?

What is Litti Chokha?

Puja Sahu who runs PotBelly Cafe that serves Bihari cuisine in New Delhi tells us, “Litti is a dough ball stuffed with sattu and roasted until cooked and then dipped into pure desi ghee to enhance the taste, while Chokha is a blend of baingan (eggplant), potatoes, tomatoes and a lot of spices. Chokha is not cooked like a regular sabzi rather it is a roasted vegetable mix. Some people like roasting Litti Chokha with mustard oil to get that pungent flavour.”

Famous for its rustic taste, Litti Chokha is a Bihari delicacy where the Litti is made of whole wheat flour, stuffed with sattu (powder made out of black chana), herbs and spices and baked over coal or cow dung cakes and then finally drizzled with desi ghee. Dry versions of Litti are also available. Chokha is a mix of grilled eggplant with chilies, onion tomato, cumin powder, and coriander and turmeric powder. The best part about Litti Chokha is that it is healthy in a way that both the dishes are roasted and grilled. There is no frying involved in it, off course, minus the desi ghee.

This dish underwent many changes as new rulers came in. During the Mughal period, emperors were served littis with payas and shorbas. Eventually, Litti came to Bihar and was paired with Chokha.

Litti Chokha is a healthy combination because it does not have too much cooking oil added to it. Both are either roasted or baked. Of course, desi ghee adds to its calories but you can choose to avoid it or use a little bit of it. Also, pure desi ghee comes with its own set of health benefits unlike your refined oils. The sattu powder used to make Litti has amazing cooling properties and keeps you energized throughout the day. Chokha is made with grilled eggplant which is a brilliant source of dietary fiber, vitamins, manganese, folate and phytonutrients like nasunin and chlorogenic acid that act as antioxidants.

Why do People Eat Bihari Litti Chokha?

Why do People Eat Bihari Litti Chokha?

Litti Chokha is a traditional dish eaten mainly in the states of U.P., Bihar and Jharkhad. It can be had for breakfast or snack, and if accompanied with daal aside it can be eaten for Lunch and dinner too. One can find this dish made traditionally in villages of Bihar and is as famous as a burger in America.

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