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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Indian Food: Bati Chokha or Litti Chokha or Sattu Bati Chokha + Indian Food Recipes: Litti / Bati Chokha / Bhauri,The Real Taste Of India

1-Ingredients for Bati

1- For Atta (flour) dough:
1½ cup: Whole wheat atta (Littis are more crunchy if made with maida)
¾ to 1 cup: Regular or fat-free yogurt (dahi)(Make dough from atta using yogurt and NOT water. The dough should be soft and fully kneaded. Keep aside covered.)

2- For Filling:

1 cup: Sattu (a special gram flour)
4 cloves: Garlic, finely chopped
1 inch: Ginger, finely chopped
2 or more: Green chilies, finely chopped
½ cup: Fresh dhaniya (cilantro) leaves, finely chopped
½ tsp: Mangrella (nigella or onion seed)
2 tbsp: Mustard
1 tsp: Ajwain (thyme)
1 tbsp: Lemon juice
1 or 2 tbsp: Mircha achar masala (fillings from the red chili pickle)
Salt to taste


1.Mix all the filling ingredients with sattu together nicely.
2.Add ¼ to ½ cup water to make the stuffing moist and easy to fill.
3.Now make 8 balls from the atta (flour) dough.
4.Dust each ball with dry atta and make a patty roughly 2.5" to 3" diameter in size with hand. 5.You don't need a belan (rolling pin) for this.
6.Stuff 2 to 3 tsp sattu filling in the center of the patty and close it from all sides.
7.When all the littis are stuffed, pre-heat the oven to 375 F and put all the litties on a foil and bake till one side is brown or black spots come on the litti surface.
8.Then turn over the litti and bake for few more minutes until that side is brown as well.
9.Take out and dip in pure ghee or butter and serve with achar or dhaniya (cilantro) chutney and/or baigan ka bhurta (mashed and prepared egg-plant).


Ingredients for chokha

2 : Brinjals (large, seedless, healthy)
3/4 cup: Onions (finely chopped)
1/2 cup: Tomato (finely chopped)
1 tsp: Garlic (grated)
1 tsp: Ginger (grated)
2 : Red chillies (dried crushed)
1 tsp: Cumin seeds
1 tsp: Red chilli powder
1 tsp: Dhania powder
1/2 tsp: Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp: Cinnamon-clove powder
1/2 tsp: Punjabi garam masala powder
Salt to taste
2 tsp: Lemon juice
2 tsp: Ghee
2 tsp: Oil


1.Hold the brinjals with stems over fire, to burn skin. (Or run a few drops of oil, microwave in a loose-lid bowl for 3 minutes).
2.When skin blackens, hold under running water.
3.Skin will not blacken if microwaved. Therefore peel.
4.Gently scrub off skin. Mash brinjals to a puree.
5.Heat oil in a heavy kadai. Add ginger garlic and stirfry for a minute.
6.Add onions, all dry masalas, except red chilli powder, stirfry for a minute more.
7.Add tomatoes, brinjals, salt, lemon juice and stir.Simmer for five minutes.
8.Take in serving bowl.
9.Just before serving, heat ghee in a small pan.
10.Hold pan over bowl, add chilli powder, and pour immediately over bhartha.
11.Do not allow the chilli powder to burn.
12.Garnish with chopped coriander.
13.Serve hot with Litti.

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