Saturday, 1 February 2014

Lunch menu 5 - Litti and Mixed Chokha

Lunch menu - Litti and Mixed Chokha

If you are a North Indian you would surely know of this dish. However, I learnt about this dish only after I got married. So when Alok told be about Sattu, I was not sure of what that was.

Then I found that it is basically Powdered roasted Gram dal. (Oddachakadalai mavu). When I wanted to buy it ready made I was not sure whether I ill find out. However, I found in all stores (Spencers,Nilgiris,Nuts N Spices)

It may look quite laborious process, however the only time consuming process is making the stuffing.

So I think this is more like a UP twist to Rajasthani Dal Bati. To me the highlight of this dish is the Chokha or Bartha. I am not a great fan of Bartha but loved the Baingan and Alo Chokha.

Now lets look at how to make this delicious North Indian Dish.

For Litti Outer Layer

Whole Wheat Flour - 2 Cups
Ghee - 1 Tablespoon
Nigella Seeds/Kalonji - 1/2 Teaspoon
Carom Seeds/Ajwain - 1/2 Teaspoon

For Litti Stuffing

Sattu - 1 Cup
Ghee - 1 Tablespoon
Nigella Seeds/Kalonji - 1/2 Teaspoon

Carom Seeds/Ajwain - 1/2 Teaspoon
Green Chillies - 3 (Finely Chopped)
Garlic - 4 Pods (Finely Chopped)
Green Coriander Leaves - 1 Tablespoon
Ginger - 1/2 Inch (Finely Chopped)
Lemon Juice - 1 Tablespoon
Mustard Oil - 2 Tablespoon

For Mixed Chokha

Big Eggplant - 1 (Medium)
Onion - 2 (Medium, finely Chopped)
Garlic - 6 Pods (Finely Chopped)
Green Chillies - 5 (Finely Chopped)
Green Coriander leaves - 2 Tablespoon
Potatoes - 2 or 3 (Medium)
Tomato - 1 (Large)


For the Outer Layer
Mix all ingredients under For Litti Outer Layer in a large mixing bowl and knead into smooth dough like chapati dough by adding enough water. Cover it and keep it aside for 20 minutes.

For the stuffing

Mix all the ingredients under For Litti Stuffing in another bowl using hands. Keep It aside.

For Mixed Chokha

Roast the Eggplant,Potato and Tomato over the stove top on a low flame. If you have a Oven you can roast it in the oven.

Peel the skin of Eggplant,Potato and Tomato.

Meanwhile, In a pan, heat Mustard Oil and once it is warm add onion, Green Chillies and Garlic and saute for couple of minutes.

In a mixing Bowl, mash the potatoes, Tomato and Eggplant.To this add the sauted onion,garlic and green chillies. Add Coriander leaves and mash well using hands.

Making Litti

Pre heat the oven at 180C for 10 minutes. Divide the Litti outer layer into Lemon Sized balls. Make an Indention in each ball.

Place 1 Tablespoon of Sattu filling in the indention of each ball and close it firmly.

Place these stuffed balls in a aluminium foil layered Baking Tray. Bake it at 180 C for 15 minutes on each side.

Serving the Litti

Break the Litti and pour some ghee on it and place the mixed Chokha and enjoy.


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