Litti chokha or Batti chokha or Bhauri is one of the most popular dishes of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. The baked whole wheat balls are stuffed with flavorful sattu or roasted gram flour filling and I am sure you are going to fall in love with it from the first bite itself. Sattu also called Makuni or Roasted Gram Flour is the main ingredient of Bihari Litti Recipe. It is very versatile as you can make sattu paratha, sattu kachori and even sattu sharbat. The traditional style of cooking litti is baking it in traditional fuel, i.e. dried Cow Dung (local name : goitha) but since it’s not possible to follow that process because of our city life. So in this post, I will share Litti Chokha Recipe and how to make litti in the microwave and on the gas tandoor.
Bihari Litti Chokha Recipe:
This post is very special because of few reasons.
a.) This is the most popular dish of Uttar Pradesh (my native place) and Bihar (husband’s native place), so it becomes the favorite of both of us. You can also easily spot small eateries road side in UP and Bihar serving authentic Litti Choka with roasted tomato chutney.
b.) This dish makes me nostalgic about the childhood days or the family gathering when the family together use to cook this dish. Each family member was assigned some or the other task, be it of sattu stuffing preparation, Litti making, Chokha preparation or Baking Litti.
c.) I have made detailed recipe videos of how to make bihari litti chokha step by step on a gas tandoor, litti in microwave convection oven and baingan ka choka. You can check the video to have a look at the process of making litti and chokha. In the video you will find litti chokha recipe in hindi. The ingredients list are mentioned in the blog and for the instructions you can check the videos posted here.
Litti or Baati is served with Baingan ka Choka or also with dal at some places. Rubbing Desi ghee or dipping the litti or baati in Desi Ghee enhances the taste of it to many folds. Give this recipe a try, and share the pictures or your opinion with me on Insta, Facebook or Twitter.
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Mishti Doi or Bengali Jaggery Sweetened Yogurt is my childhood favorite. I am sharing the Mishti Doi recipe in this post. It is a fermented sweet yogurt and a Bengali delicacy. I don’t have any Bengali roots but still, I enjoy having chilled Misthi Doi from an earthen pot. I believe earthen pot enhances the taste of the dahi and it also absorbs excess moisture. This jaggery sweetened yogurt serves the purpose of dessert for me. This doi has a strong smoky aroma and taste of jaggery when combined with yogurt tastes so good. This is not the authentic Mishti Doi recipe. Because Mishti Doi is usually made with sugar or caramelized sugar or Nolen gur (date jaggery) but here I have used only jaggery.
Laal Mishti Doi Recipe
This is the traditional way of making Mishti Doi which is time taking. You will need almost 6-8 hours depending on the local weather for the yogurt to set. The milk is boiled over a low flame so that it reduces from its original volume, then sugar or jaggery or date jaggery is added to it. Allow the milk to cool for some time just when it is slightly warm then add an active culture of yogurt and mix well. Pour the entire mixture into the earthen pots and leave it for 6hrs to 12 hrs or overnight in warm and dry place to set firm and thick. And enjoy it as a dessert or with your meal. Little caramelized sugar is also added to give reddish brown color if using regular sugar. But in this case, jaggery gives an amazing reddish brown colour to it.
Now you know how to make Mishti Doi at home, it’s simple and easy, so give this recipe a try. And do share your comments and feedbacks in the section below. Connect with me on Instagram and Facebook.
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Every happy occasion is celebrated with “Kuch Meetha” in our culture. And almost all festivals or occasions are associated with a ritual of making something sweet. I am sharing this post of Sweet Coconut Samosa with a twist of salted caramel sauce. Sounds interesting? These baked sweet samosas can be made for any occasion or even on festivals for guests and salted caramel sauce makes it tastes even better. One more recipe with a twist is on the blog Rice pudding with Vanilla Flavor.
The coconut filling I used in these samosas is inspired by Udiche Modak. Yes, right those steamed Modaks made during Ganpati festival because I simply love it. The sweetness given by jaggery with a dash of freshly grounded cardamom powder to the shredded coconut tastes so good. I used the Sprig’s Whole Green Cardamom and it’s the best. I was having some spring roll sheets with me so I used it to make the samosas but you can use the regular samosa dough too, just ensure you roll it thinner than regular samosas.
Sprig’s Salted Caramel Sauce #GourmetEveryday
I am a true lover of salted caramel flavor be it popcorns, frozen yogurt, shakes. I am the happiest person after receiving a jar of Salted Caramel Sauce from SPRIG gourmet. This luscious milk cream caramel has a touch of pristine sea salt. I am totally hooked to it and simply licking it with a big spoon just like that because it is soooooo yum. You may also top this Sprig Salted Caramel sauce over a cake or fruit salad, fill in pies, or drizzle over ice cream or puddings.
In this recipe, I have baked the samosas in the oven instead of frying it however you can fry it too. Once, the samosas are done finally top it up with lots of salted caramel sauce. With Christmas and New Year around this is a recipe you can definitely try. Let me know, if you try the recipe and do share your feedback in the comment section.
I am sharing the recipe of Phirni with vanilla flavor. Phirni is a rich, creamy dessert with dry fruits. Phirni tastes best when served chilled in a clay pot or container. The festival season has already begun and I am sure the preparation, shopping, cooking has already started. The best things about these festivals are lots of good food, family time together and a break from our busy schedule. In our culture, festivals are majorly associated with food, sweets, savory snacks especially for Diwali. I am always more excited for the Diwali festival because of the beautiful lights, decorative Rangolis, few crackers (of course), and sweets.
Traditional Indian sweets are hands down the best, but here I tried to give some twist to the Phirni recipe. In order, that there can be something new on the Diwali special menu. So, this time I gave a slight twist to this rice-based creamy pudding Phirni by giving it a mild flavor of vanilla and cranberries. For the vanilla flavor, I used Demerara Sugar infused with Real Madagascar Vanilla. It is a different kind of sugar with natural, caramel-like flavor of the rich golden Demerara sugar crystals. Not only does it gives an amazing flavor, but nice color and also a pleasant vanilla aroma to the dish. SPRIG’s vanilla sugar is best for sprinkling on cookies or also for giving vanilla flavor to cakes, beverages or baked items.
I also used a pinch of freshly ground cardamom powder made from SPRIG’s green cardamom from Kerala. This is one of the best aromatic cardamoms that I have used. The aroma of cardamom remains in your hand, even by just holding it in your hand for a minute. I have used dried cranberries, it is optional you can add any berries or dry fruits of your choice.
You can order the Demerara Sugar infused with Real Madagascar Vanilla and Green Cardamom from Kerala – SPRIG from amazon. Link mentioned below:
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No Butter, No Oil – Eggless Chocolate Oats Banana Cake
I have said a big “no” to the all purpose flour cake. When you are baking a cake for yourself why not bake the healthier version of it.I am talking here about a healthy cake, which has oats, banana, flaxseeds and yogurt. No Butter, No Oil – Eggless Chocolate Oats Banana Cake. Sounds healthy and tastes good too. You know what stops me from baking a cake frequently at home is Butter and yes, oil too. It has happened almost every time that when I came across any interesting cake recipe I very enthusiastically read it. The moment I go read the ingredient section and after reading the insane amount of Butter or Oil and Cream is added to it, my interest is gone. I know it sounds weird and trust me, I have got such reactions like “Come on it a “Cake”, it can’t be butter or oil free.
Gulit free and Healthy Cake
And I say “why not” ! I am not a very healthy eater but I think if you are eating out you really don’t have control over it. But if you are at home then you can have the full control over the ingredients. It’s a good idea to find a recipe of a cake, which you can be eaten guilt free and baked more frequently. Ok, I agree that it might not be that moist or that goooooood like a normal cake is but I think that’s not bad at all. Recipe of another amazing Whole wheat Oats Banana Cake with Egg and without Egg is on the blog (click the link)
Yes, It’s a no butter or oil cake recipe. I skipped adding any oil or butter to it. Try it you might like it too, and thank me later 🙂