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From Litti Chokha to Sattu ka Sharbat: Darbhanga's Street Food Culture

by Kalpana Jha on Aug 07, 2023

Namaste Ji,

Welcome to Darbhanga, a city known for its amazing street food!

In this blog, we're going to take you on a tasty adventure through the local flavors that make Darbhanga special.

Get ready to explore the delicious street food scene that defines this city.

We'll start with the yummy Litti Chokha, a dish full of rustic charm and mouthwatering taste. Then, we'll quench your thirst with the refreshing Sattu ka Sharbat and treat you to the famous Dhamaka Lassi at Tower Chowk. And don't forget to try the Paan, a special treat that people here are really proud of.

So, let's dive into the world of Darbhanga's street food culture and discover its amazing flavors together!

Litti Chokha: A Beloved Street Food of Darbhanga

Litti Chokha
Image source : Raju from JhaJi Store made eaxcellent litti chokha 

Darbhanga is renowned for its deep-rooted love for Litti Chokha. People here really love it.

This dish has a long history, going all the way back to the ancient Magadh Empire in Bihar. It's a dish that's full of tradition and flavor.

Litti Chokha isn't just tasty, it's also good for you. The main ingredient is called sattu, which is roasted gram flour. It's full of fiber, protein, and important nutrients. In the past, it was a common food for soldiers because it was simple and nutritious. Farmers appreciate it today for the same reason.

To make Litti Chokha, they roast little balls of wheat flour and fill them with a mixture of Sattu, herbs, and spices. The traditional filling is made with roasted gram flour.

But in different regions, they add their own special ingredients. Some places use mashed potatoes, roasted brinjal (which is eggplant), or lentils to give it a unique taste.

In Rajasthan, people enjoy a similar preparation called Daal Baati or Daal Baati Chokha. In Uttar Pradesh, people enjoy the combination in the form of Sattu Ka Paratha.

Traditionally, Litti Chokha is cooked by baking it over coal or cow dung cakes in a clay oven called a tandoor. But nowadays, people also grill or bake it in an electric oven or an air fryer.

When you eat Litti Chokha, you get to enjoy the smoky flavors of the chokha mixed with the spicy taste of the litti. It is a really special experience for people who love food.

In this video, Raju from our team cooked up a delicious round of Litti Chokha in the kitchen factory.

litti chokha

Litti Choka ingredients

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Sattu, Mustard Oil, Salt, Mithila Special Mango pickle, Eggplant, Chopped Tomato, Onion, Green Chilli and Lemon.


Bihari Food

People in Darbhanga have a lot of love for Litti Chokha, and it's a dish they're really proud of. It represents their culture and traditions that have been passed down over time.

Whether you have it as a snack on the street or as part of a special celebration, Litti Chokha is a dish that truly represents the culinary identity of Darbhanga.

So, if you ever visit, make sure to give it a try and savor its irresistible charm.

Don't worry If you're unable to make a trip to Darbhanga.Indulge in the deliciousness of litti chokha at famous food centers located in various Indian cities.

Visit Bhootnath in Kolkata, Jai Mata Di in Bengaluru, or Balaji in Noida to experience the authentic flavors.These food centers bring the essence of Darbhanga's culinary delights closer to you without leaving your city.

So, go ahead and treat yourself to the mouthwatering litti chokha experience, no matter where you are in India.

Dhamaka Lassi in Darbhanga: Unveiling the Rich Flavors of Bihar

Dhamaka Lassi, Darbhanga tower
Source: Dhamaka lassi corner at Darbhanga tower, JhaJi Store

If you're from Darbhanga, another place you must have heard of is the amazing Dhamaka Lassi Corner at Tower Chowk.

It's a 160-year-old talk-of-the-town venue, serving you the best lassi that's both refreshing and tasty.

Dhamaka Lassi starts with a simple mix of fresh Dahi (yogurt) and water. It's a smooth and creamy base that makes it delicious.

So what makes it different from any other lassi corner? They add Khoya, a secret ingredient that makes it extra indulgent. They top it off with Kaju (cashews), Kishmish (raisins), more Khoya, and a dollop of fresh cream.

For those who love a little adventure, Dhamaka Lassi offers a special version with Bhaang. It adds a fun twist to your lassi experience, making it even more exciting. 

In this video we tried to capture the artisan (is there a better word for them 🙃) preparing a few glasses of Dhamaka Lassi.

People can't get enough of their famous lassi, so it's common to see a line of eager lassi lovers waiting patiently. The crowd and the chaos might add to the thrill, but it's worth the wait!

Whether you're out shopping or just taking a leisurely stroll, a visit to Dhamaka Lassi Corner is a must. Tip for the tourist : you can have well known Darbhanga Biryani available at many outlets along with Dhamka lassi for your overall complete experience

The unique flavors, welcoming atmosphere, and friendly staff make it a delightful experience. Once you've had a taste of Dhamaka Lassi, you'll keep coming back for more.

Stay Cool and Energized with Sattu Ka Sharbat: A Desi Superdrink

Sattu ka Sharbat
Image Courtesy: Superfood drink , Sattu ka Sharbat made by Kalpana ji

The history of Sattu ka Sharbat goes back many centuries.

In the olden days, people used to work in the fields under the scorching sun for hours. They needed something to keep them energized and cool during those hot summer days.

That's when Sattu Sharbat came to the rescue!

Sattu, which is roasted gram flour, was mixed with water, salt, and some other ingredients to create a refreshing drink.

It was the perfect thirst quencher for the hardworking farmers and laborers. Since it also provided them with essential nutrients.

There are two different types of Sattu ka Sharbat I make for my family. In this video you can see the recipe for it. 

There are two different types of Sattu ka Sharbat I make for my family. In this video you can see the recipe for it.

Today, Sattu ka Sharbat is not only enjoyed by laborers and farmers but by people from all walks of life. It has become a refreshing summer staple that brings joy and relief during the hottest months.

This traditional drink can be made in no time at all. The process of making sattu is quite simple. First, roast the 3 table spoon of grains until they turn golden brown. Then, grind them into a fine powder.

To make savory sattu, mix the powder with water, add a pinch of salt, and stir well.

For sweet sattu, mix the powder with water and a spoonful of jaggery or sugar. Stir until everything blends perfectly.

The best part is that you can customize your sattu sharbat according to your taste.

Some people like to add a dash of lemon juice or mint leaves for a tangy twist. Others prefer to garnish it with roasted cumin powder or a pinch of black salt.

Mithila's Paan: A Culinary Heritage Worth Exploring

The history of Paan begins in ancient India, where it was first mentioned in early Sanskrit texts. Its roots can be traced back to the Vedic period, around 5000 years ago. 

Back then, people would chew betel leaves on various occasions, considering it a symbol of hospitality and respect.

Now Let's explore the tasty Maghai Paan from Mithila in Bihar.

पग-पग पोखर माछ मखान, सरस बोल मुस्की मुख पान, इ थीक मिथिलाक पहचान

In Mithila, paan farming contributes to the local economy by generating employment opportunities.

Here is a video on Mithila’s Paan ka Khet that will make you stroll through the farm

Maghai paan
Image courtesy: Paan ke khet clicked by JhaJi Store

So how is this Maghai paan made and what makes it different from other Paan?

To enhance the flavor of Maghai Paan, a special mixture is prepared. The lime paste is added to the betel leaves, which acts as a binder and holds all the ingredients together. Then comes the exciting part - the spices! Cardamom, cloves, and various other spices are added to the mixture, giving Maghai Paan its distinct and tantalizing taste.

Maghai Paan is an integral part of its culinary heritage.

During religious ceremonies and festivals, people offer paan leaves to gods and goddesses as a sign of devotion and respect. People believe Paan Leaves to be sacred and a harbinger of good luck.

Weddings are incomplete without Maghai Paan in Mithila. The groom holds a mix made from betel leaves during the wedding ceremonies. The bride carries a small bag containing red powder called "Sindoor Ki Gacchi”. These are offered to the gods as a symbol of marital bliss.

The popularity of Maghai Paan extends beyond the boundaries of Mithila. People from all over Bihar and neighboring states appreciate its unique taste and cultural significance.

It has become an iconic symbol of Bihar's culinary heritage. It represents their cultural identity and is a source of pride for the community.

Each region in India has its own special kind of paan. Eating paan is an addiction and It's so popular that it has different specialties in every region.

Meetha Paan is sweet and has gulkand and dry fruits inside.

Banarasi Paan from Varanasi has gulkand and saffron for a special taste.

Calcutta Meetha Paan has cherries and coconut, making it tangy.

Then there is Rajasthan's digestive paan, Kashmir's saffron paan, and Hyderabad's spicy tobacco paan.

Mumbai’s Meetha Paan is sweet and tangy with gulkand and saffron.

Madhya Pradesh has special paans like Saada, Tambaku, and Chocolate, each with its own special flavors.

People who love paan enjoy trying all these different types from different regions in India.

So, the next time you come across a paan stall or have the chance to try Maghai Paan, seize the opportunity.

Allow the flavors to dance on your taste buds and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage that Maghai Paan represents.

It's not just a treat; it's a journey through the flavors and traditions of Mithila, waiting to be explored and cherished.

And so, our flavorful journey in Darbhanga ends.

We've traveled from the sizzling Litti Chokha stalls, slurped up Sattu Ka Sharbat, and ended with a cool Dhamaka Lassi. The Darbhanga food tour offers such tasty adventures.

But remember, the city has so much more to offer. The famous food of Darbhanga is like its heart - warm, welcoming, and full of life.

So next time you're here, don't forget to explore the street food culture and say hello to a whole new world of tastes!

Happy eating, everyone!

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