Today in India , Bihar is the flavor of the season .Bihar soon going to be in helm of fire as elections are going to happen … Second biggest state of India which has the fire in the belly and several revolution including the Champaran movement from where Gandhi jee made it clear to British government ” India’s freedom ” . So Bihar is a state which has all fire in the belly. That fire in belly is attributed to a commoner food ” Litti chokka ” . Every house and every house wife would know how to prepare Litti chokha .
Litti history is as interesting as India independence and food historians even donot forget to mention it rose to prominence when it played an important role in the War Of Independence of 1857. Its simplicity was said to be the real reason that many including the likes of Tantia Tope and Rani Lakshmi Bai made it their travel meal. Litti needed very less water and could be baked without any utensils which meant lesser chance of being caught. But what really worked with litti was these could stay for as long as two to three days and were softer. Of course, litti underwent changes as new rulers came in. With the Mughal Empire, litti was served with shorbas and payas; with Britishers, curry came in and so forth.
It is said it was one of the favourites of Rani Laxmi Bai.
Litti is a snack food found in India’s Bihar state; it consists of wheat and sattu (powdered gram or lentil) formed into balls with spices, and then filled with ghee (clarified butter) via a hole. Although very often confused with the closely related Baati, it is a completely different dish in terms of taste, texture and preparation. It may be eaten with yogurt, baigan bharta, alu bharta, and papad.The litti are traditionally baked over a cow-dung fire,but in the modern day a wok of boiling oil may be used.
Spices used to flavour the litti include jawain, mangrail, garlic, red pepper, mustard oil, salt, and ginger. Tasty pickles can also be used to add spice flavour. In western Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh litti is served with murgh korma (a creamy chicken curry) and chokha (a vegetable preparation of roasted and mashed eggplant, tomato, and potato).
Indus valley civilization has seen many revolution and interestingly it finds it’s way from poor man’s belly changes the course of histiory … Many restaurateurs are now making place for this poor’s man food in their menu . This Independence day , planning to have some litti and chokha to understand how revolution find its start from a HUMBLE LITTI CHOKHA .
JAI HIND ..