Saturday, January 24, 2015

LITTI (bihari dish)


Presenting awesome dish from Bihar's kitchen. Litti is made with sattu (roasted chickpea flour) equally favorite among all. We used to bake these in coal, but now a days  in modern kitchen this is not possible so there are two good alternates -- Appam tray and Oven. I prefer Appam tray as it is fast and you can make litti with no ghee/oil in it. So no health hazards here :)

                                                     






INGREDIENTS:

For stuffing -
  • chana sattu - 1 cup
  • onion - 1 finally chopped
  • green chili - 2 chopped
  • onion seeds ( kalouji) - 1/2 tbsp
  • mango pickle masala - 1/2 tbsp
  • coriander - chopped
  • salt - to taste
  • lemon juice - 1/2 tbsp
  • Ginger -- optional as per taste
  • mustard oil - 1tbsp
For dough -
  • wheat flour - 1 1/2 cup
  • carom seed (ajwain) - 1 tsp
  • oil or desi ghee (purified butter) - 1 tbsp
  • salt - to taste
Note : In case you can't get sattu, you can roast chich pea floor or grind roasted chana dal.

METHOD :
  • sieve the wheat flour and add salt , ajwain  and oil mix it well.
  • knead a dough with help of water and make a smooth stiff dough. Dough should neither be too soft or too tight.
  • cover with cling rep leave for 20 min.
  • now to make stuffing. Take a mixing bowl add  all the ingredient and mix it well in case the stuffing is bit dry you can add little water.
  • make sure the stuffing is not too dry and not too soft.
                                               

  • after 20 min take the dough out and make 7 to 8 equal size balls.
                                         

  • now take each ball and flatten with your palm and make an impression.
  • fill stuffing in the canter and close the ball by lifting the sides by hand.
                               

  • keep aside and stuff rest of the balls in the same way.
  • Put appam tray on gas on medium flame.
  • Put the litti balls in the appam tray. 

  • Keep rotating litti balls to make sure they bake from all sides. No oil/Ghee is required to bake litti balls.
  • Once it is done from all sides take the litti balls out.....you can dip it in ghee or apply a thin coat of ghee based on your preference.
  • Hot littis are ready to serve :)
                                          

Note : You can bake littis in oven too (160 C for 30 minutes). I prefer appam tray as it is fast.