Litti chokha is the heart of Bihari cuisine. It is not a simple food rather, it’s an emotion of Bihari people who enjoy each bite of it to the core. A simple yet beautiful delicacy, which is an integral part of the Indian food world.
Usually, it is made with whole wheat flour/atta, and with a delicious filling along with super delicious chokha which is usually a mashed form of roasted eggplant and potatoes mashed together along with some chopped onion and green chillies and dash of mustard oil.
But we the diet conscious foodies, who want the same flavours, have to spoil the authenticity of it by few changes as per our diet. And yes I am here with it.
Like all other recipes let’s get into the nutritional factors of my dish,
RAGI / FINGER MILLET FLOUR- A naturally gluten-free flour (best for pregnant woman) which prevents anaemia, being rich in calcium it improves bone health, a beautiful source of antioxidant makes your skin healthy n glowing, being rich in fiber it helps in digestion and good for weight loss.
ROASTED CHANNA DAL FLOUR/ SATTU– being rich in plant-based protein and carbohydrates, it is the super healthy preference for bodybuilders and fitness experts worldwide.
EGGPLANT – Being extensively used in the entire Indian subcontinent, yet we don’t know much about the nutritional factors of this vegetable. It is a high source of mineral and vitamins like vitamin-B6, K, C along with thiamine, niacin, magnesium, and many other minerals. It is high in fiber which contributes to better digestion n weight loss programs. It prevents anaemia, as well as improve heart and bone health too.
Let’s get into this super easy recipe…
FOR RAGI LITTI-
- ½ cup Ragi flour
- ½ cup whole wheat flour/atta
- ½ cup chana sattu/ roasted Bengal gram flour
- 1 tsp mustard oil
- Water to make a soft dough
- 1 small onion (Finely chopped)
- 1tbsp finely chopped ginger
- 2 green chillies finely chopped
- Juice of ½ lime
- Roasted cumin powder
- Roasted chilli flakes
- 1 tsp masala of mix pickle
- Salt as per taste
- 1tsp turmeric powder
- Desi ghee/clarified butter (for basting the litti)
- 1 medium-size eggplant
- ½ tsp raw mustard oil
- 2 tbsp finely chopped onion
- 1tbsp finely chopped garlic
- 2 finely chopped green chillies
- 1tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
- Salt as per taste
- To make the dough, take the atta and the ragi in a mixing bowl, add little bit of salt, ½ tsp mustard oil, and water to make a soft dough. Cover it and keep it aside.
- For the filling switch on the flame on low and put the pan, add ½ tsp mustard oil, let it smoke.
- Add the finely chopped onion, ginger and green chilli to it.
- Now add the sattu/roasted gram flour to it followed by the roasted cumin powder, chilli flakes, salt and turmeric powder. Mix it well
- now switch off the flame and add the lime juice, masala of mixed pickle, mix well
- Sprinkle a little bit of water on it and mix nicely.
- To make the litti, make small thin cups of the dough and put the filling in it.
- Seal the top and give it a ball-like structure.
- Now put an appam pan on low flame and brush little bit of ghee in the cavities.
- you can have a charcoal grill then you can do it on that too in the authentic way litti is made.
- Put the litti in the cavities and let it cook till you get nicely roast marks on it. Then turn the side and cook the other side too.
- Grill the eggplant on the gas stove flame or charcoal grill till it is done.
- Now remove skin and mash it.
- In a mixing bowl, add in the mustard oil, salt, chopped onion, garlic, green chillies and crush it a little bit and mix nicely. (the aroma gonna intoxicate you)
- Add in the mashed eggplant and mix nicely.
- Put the chopped coriander leaves and mix it.
Enjoy your super healthy yet delicious litti chokha.