One of the most indigenous sources of India. Sattu is a high-energy, very nutritious food. Sattu is served during summers as a nutritious drink that has a cooling effect on the body. Sattu is made by dry roasting the Bengal gram in the sand and then pounding this roasted gram to a powder. Some people mix chickpea and Bengal gram to make sattu, which also gives a twist to the flavor. It can be consumed by whole family members as there is no age limit.
Sattu has amazing health benefits when consumed on an empty stomach. It reduces problems associated with your stomach and flushes out the toxins from the body. Being rich in soluble fiber a good way to reduce high cholesterol level. Sattu has cooling properties and is great in providing relief from the scorching heat. It is rich in several nutrients including fibre, iron, magnesium and sodium. Not just this, there are many other health benefits of sattu, some of them include:
• Flushes out toxins
Sattu has detoxifying properties. Consuming it every day keeps you healthy and protects you from several health ailments.
• Increases energy
When consumed on an empty stomach, sattu stimulates the growth of the red blood cells in the body. When your body has more red blood cells, your body gets more oxygen, which provides you with more energy throughout the day.
• Act as summer cooler
Sattu keeps your body hydrated and helps you beat the summer heat. A chilled glass of sattu sharbat keeps you fresh and hydrated throughout the day. It cools the stomach and prevents indigestion.
• Great for Digestion
With rich insoluble fibre, sattu is considered great for the intestines. As an effective tool, it cleanses your colon, and helps remove greasy food, from the walls of intestine and rejuvenates the entire digestion process. It also controls flatulence, constipation, and acidity.
• Nourishes the skin
During summers because of negligence and improper nourishment, our skin becomes dry, unhealthy and unattractive. Have a glass sattu drink on a regular basis as it helps in hydrating the skin, and prevents the wear and tear of cells. It’s not late yet.
How to use Sattu?
One of the easiest uses of sattu is to make a sharbat. In Bihar and Jharkhand, the famous litti is made with sattu. Plus you can make oil free parathas, upma, or even porridge with it. To make the sharbat, which can either be sweet or salted, you will need some powdered jaggery, lemon juice and chilled water. Mix the jaggery powder and the sattu together, and then blend the two together with some water till it forms a smooth paste. Add more chilled water to it and stir well. Some like to strain the drink to prevent the grainy texture of the sattu from getting into the mouth. Squeeze a bit of lemon into it and your drink is ready. Sattu ke laddoos can be a tasty snack too, and it’s one of the easiest ones to make. All you need is some honey and sattu. Mix the ingredients together and shape them into balls, and it’s ready.
The traditional dish from Bihar, the litti is also an evening snack. Typically served with chokha (potato, brinjal, and tomatoes), the stuffing that goes inside the wheat casing has sattu mixed with green chillies, roasted cumin seeds, finely chopped ginger and garlic, amchoor (dried mango powder), chopped coriander, lemon juice, and carom seeds, which are bound with water. This mix is then made into dough, stuffed into the casing and then grilled.
For those who enjoy oil free parathas with their breakfast, this stuffed version is quite popular in UP and Bihar. While the paratha is the usual wheat version, the stuffing is made with sattu flour, finely chopped onions, green chillies, garlic (if you like it), chopped coriander leaves, chopped ginger, kalonji, lemon juice, salt. To make it salted, omit the jaggery and use some black or rock salt in it. If you’re using plain salt, a pinch of chaat masala might help to enhance the flavour. The lemon juice adds to the taste. You can even add chopped mint leaves or coriander, and one chopped chilli (for that extra bite) to the drink to spike it. It’s exceptionally good for beating the heat, in case you didn’t know it already.