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Laloo's Litti, Charles' Chukka

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Laloo Prasad Yadav has by far been the most popular politician in the country, thanks to his native wit and rustic charm that has cut across people from all walks of life within India and abroad. His one-liners have made even his most ardent critics smile. His antics to connect with the common man have drawn immense media attention.


He’s done what no politician would ever dare to do. He’s roamed the streets of Patna (state capital of Bihar) on cycle rickshaws and on elephants back, hosted litti-chokha parties, played Holi bare-chested on the streets, participated in local festivals like “Chhath”, acted in Bhojpuri (local language) and Bollywood films- all this, during his stint as the Chief Minister of Bihar, which most citizens would term as being a disaster (atleast for us Biharis). Yet, few will disagree with the fact that he’s the most successful Railways Minister India ever had. Since he came into power 3 years ago, apart from making some radical changes in the railways’ functioning, he’s resolved to serve passengers “pure, indigenous items”.


Laloo announced the use of “khadi” (instead of cotton) bedrolls, “kulhars” or "chukkas" (earthen cups) as opposed to plastic cups and “mattha” (salted buttermilk) instead of cola. Railways also began to serve fresh fruit juice and bananas from Hajipur, Bihar.


 


Prince Charles enjoys tea from a "Kulhar" or "chukka" (earthen cup) at Dilli Haat, New Delhi


 


These experiments met with varied degrees of success but one dish that was immediately lapped up across all stations is “Litti-Chokha”, a rural delicacy of Bihar. “Litti” is made by stuffing “sattu” (crushed gram) and some spices in rounded wheat dough and baking it on fire. Once prepared, it is dipped in “ghee” (clarified butter) and served hot with “Chokha” or “Baingan ka Bharta” (baked/grilled eggplant, mashed and mixed with seasonings…similar to “Baba Ghanoush”).


 



 


 A "Litti-Chokha" stall at Platform 12, New Delhi Railway Station


 


P.S.: Laloo is now a brand name. Apart from having a television serial, a bollywood film and a toy named after him, there’s also a dating site termed after the most famous political couple- www.laloorabri.com. By the way, Laloo’s wife (she too became the Chief Minister of Bihar) shares her name with a very popular milk based dessert in northern India, called “Rabri”.

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shantihhh's picture
The "Kulhar"( are much larger than the ones I usually am served along the roadside. They make the masala chai taste so much better!
vikash.kumar1's picture
Litti-chokha is the best food I have ever eat. Hot litti made by traditional style in the fire of cow-dung cake dipped in pure desi Ghee with chokha has no parallel. I would try to put a video of the preparation of litti in few days.
vikas.kumar's picture
Reminds me of the cold winter nights when we kids used to wrap ourselves in shawls and sit on the floor around the fire in which mom would bake litti. It is a cheap, humble dish...yet can turn a normal meal into an occassion. Looking forward to your video Vikash. I'll post one, too, but will take some time...would be difficult to get somebody to make authentic litti here in Mumbai.
Amit.Seth's picture
Wowwwwwwwwww... Yummmy yummmy
bigkhan's picture
hi,ifood.tv,lovers, vikas kumar,had done a great job,hi lighting,the political career of couple,really they have risen dust to sky in indian politics,without,family back ground,essential in this field.as a railway minister since last three years,mr.laloo PDyadav,put a mile stone in the development of indian railways, without, increasing,tarif in tickets.his tennure as railway minister would be treated as golden periods of indian railways in many ways; 1 SHOWING big profit,without,raising,tickets,price. 2 PUTINGa no[s] of train to all parts of country, 3 BUILDING.very stong,infra-structure of railway,net work in the country,specially,in,undeveloped north-bihar. his food habit is as simple as acommon,north indian eojoy,this had added a feather of popularity in masses, litti-chhokha,is very common,food of north, india,specially of bihar.
sukace's picture
Wow!! Litti Chokha. I just love it. I tried to prepare the same using Oven here in US, it turned out good, but the taste of litti and chokha prepared on Goitha/Upla can not be compared. Kumar
MALLIGA's picture
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