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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At my place, Roasted eggplant or Baingan Bharta is made with Litti or Batti but it is very different from the Punjabi Baingan Bharta. My dad is a big fan of Punjabi Baingan bharta. He orders it at almost every restaurant or Dhaba where we had a meal with him. We had some amazing and some horrible experience of Baigan Bharta ordered at a restaurant or Dhaba. (I hope he reads this :P) The Dhaba style Punjabi Baingan Bharta recipe has never disappointed us so far. There is something really amazing about Dhaba style food, rich in taste and it makes you crave for more. For me, road trips are also exciting because of these midway Dhaba lunches or snack breaks and the enticing food they offer.
Baigan ka Bharta is a simple dish made with the eggplant also known as aubergines roasted directly over the fire till it is charred, mashed well and then cooked along with commonly used Indian spice powders, but the smoky flavor of the roasted Baigan is the main highlight of the dish. The smoky flavor adds a different dimension to the dish so I will insist not to miss this step. Baigan Bharta with sattu paratha or tandoori roti with a dollop of ghee tastes really divine. I tried to make this Indian burnt aubergine curry or roasted eggplant curry at home this time and it turned out to be really good.
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Black chickpeas curry or kala chana masala is very popular in UP and Bihar by the name of “ghugni” yes, kale chana ki ghugni. Chana ghugni makes me nostalgic and reminds me of those special Sunday breakfasts when this spicy chana ghugni was served with piping hot puris. It even reminds of those small eateries located in the Varanasi’s lanes where they use to serve it with crispy kachoris. The “kachori galli” is certainly the “must visit” place when in Varanasi.
The best part about this curry is that, black chickpeas are “powerhouse of nutrients”, a good source of protein and fibers for the vegetarians. It is a spicy and flavorful curry where the masala envelops the black chickpeas. There are two versions of it which are usually cooked dry and gravy depending upon with what you plan to serve it . I am sharing the curry version here which goes very well with parathas, puris or rice and I will share the dry version too in coming days. I prefer not to tamper with the original recipe because nothing tastes like the authentic “chana ghugni”.
I would love to hear how you make this curry at your place and do share your feedback or suggestions in the comment section and yes, don’t forget to show your love if you liked the recipe.
There are some weekends or days when you just feel like being at home in your pajamas, relaxing or may be watching your favorite series, match or movie or you are just having a lazy day. I too have such days and on those days I think of making a breakfast or snack that can be made in a jiffy and I get back to the “Games of Thrones” series to which I am hooked these days.
A pasta lover like me starts craving for it if I don’t have it for long. I relish red sauce pasta more than white sauce. No offence to the white sauce pasta lovers but I like the tangy tomato flavour of the red sauce pasta more. I had made the “Desi Macroni” countless times but never tried this Pasta Arrabbiata at home. So, this desire arose when I recently had an amazing Penne Pasta Arrabbiata in a restaurant and decided to try it at home soon.
Some search on google for penne pasta arrabbiata recipe to understand how it is made and mixing few of the recipes decided to make of my own. And bingo ! it turned out to be perfect and everyone at home enjoyed it. So, you also try out this recipe for penne pasta in red sauce. I would love to hear your feedback and suggestions so don’t forget to leave a comment in the comment section.