Foie Gras, artichoke hearts, escargots and what not. We Delhites get everything on earth in the new and fresh restaurants around town. On the surface of it we are truly moving towards global cuisine and specialty restaurants have really made their mark. But there is another food from outside Delhi that has been around for ages and is only growing in popularity. It is the food that builds cities, gives strength and costs barely anything. Yes we are talking about the Bihari staple of Litti Chokha. What has remained a generic, no flares household food item has now caught the taste buds of restaurant goers and how. So here’s a list of places you need to check out for some mouth-watering litti chokha experience.
The Bihari food Mecca has made quite a name for itself and why wouldn’t it. Taking the Bihari food to a fine dining experience and brining some of the most rustic tastes and delicacies to the city, Potbelly has all things right. But out of all the Litti Chokha here is not to miss. The best part is the sattu stuffing which isn’t too spicy or tangy as in most other places. It is complemented with spicy and busting with flavour chokha of three types- Alu, baingan and mutton. The Litti is done to perfection, roasted well from the outside charing the dough very lightly.
Where- 116 C, 4th Floor, Shahpur Jat
A mix of alu-baingan chokha over here packs a spicy punch but the best are the littis as they are cooked till crisp from the outside. It is a modest eating joint in Laxmi Nagar that attracts hardcore Litti Chokha fans. They whip up a version that they claim to be native to Rajasthan rather than Bihar but that is really of no concern as they taste delicious nonetheless. Also one plate costs just Rs 40.
Where- H 15, Vikas Marg, Metro Pillar – 37, Laxmi Nagar
Slightly on the steeper side but well deserved, Café Wanderlust bring to you the spoils of the most famous and local food from all parts of India. The king of it all is the state dish of Bihar of course. They’re Litti Chokha is considered the best by many but then again being a dish made in every house there can be no perfect rendition, everyone makes and likes them their own personal way. A milder Chokha with perfect Littis is accompanied by special chutney that brings about a unique combination of tastes. A Litti meal here would cost you Rs 400 though.
Where- SF 53-54, First Floor, Galleria, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon
Jharkhand Food Stall @ Dilli Haat
The food stalls at Dilli Haat can be surprising, sometimes good and sometimes just average. But the Jharkhand stall makes some really yummy offerings of Litti Chokha that you must try. Not Bihar but Jharkhand. As it so happens that creating a new border does not change the food habits of the people who inhabit it, Jharkhand enjoys a good Litti Chokha just as much. This stall is cheap, makes fresh Litti Chokha and also serves some other delicious stuff you need to try.
Where- Dilli Haat
Being the hub of the state in the capital this place is known for its Bihari food and also for the most number of Bihari people you’ll find at one place in Delhi. The thing with Bihar Bhawan and their Litti Chokha though is the fact that you don’t get them all the time. You can get it only when you make a special request. It is a homely preparation and stands out because they use mustard oil which lends to that aromatic flavour and also the use of panchforon (local 5 spice mix).
Where- Kautilya marg, Chanakyapuri
Litti Chokha Junction
Located in Kalkaji they have superfast delivery and functional packaging. They’re chokha is a perfect mix of alu baingan with just the right kind of smokiness to it. Each portion of chokha comes in a separate box so it can be had individually. There is a lot of customization that can be done, like non ghee Littis, extra sattu and things like that. They also do some really great alu poori and the chutney with the Littis is to die for.
Where- E-8, Kalkaji Main Rd, Block G, Kalkaji
Featured image – The Dilliwala