We usually give lot of importance to fancy and popular drinks. So, I thought why not write a post about something regional and not-so-talked-about drink.
I’m talking about Sattu drink- local drink of Bihar in India. It’s a common sight in Bihar with street vendors selling cool Sattu drink in summers.
Sattu is basically a flour made from roasted bengal gram whole. With soaring temperature in North India during summers, this fibrous and nutritious drink becomes quite an effective tool to beat the heat.
It’s a regular practice in Bihar to have a glass of Sattu on empty stomach. Truly speaking, it’s no less than a desi-detox that improves the digestive system and helps in beating prickly heat.
In summers, with my appetite going down, I usually prefer to have something light (but filling) for breakfast. This is when a cool glass of Sattu comes really handy. It keeps me light and full till lunch. No doubt, it helps in weight loss too.
It’s called poor man’s meal, as it keeps full for long duration and it’s quite reasonable when compared with its so many health benefit. One can make it easily and have it on the move.
You may also like to know about another popular and healthy preparation from Bihar called Farra.
Dry Sattu powder is easily available in stores in Bihar throughout the year. Earlier it was a common practice of making Sattu at home. I remember it being made even at home – my grandmother giving instructions and supervising the process.
However now a days, this healthy food can be also found in lot of stores in metro cities (especially with good population of people from Bihar) across India.
How sattu powder is made?
Bengal gram whole is first soaked in water for 4-5 hours. After removing it from water, it is spread on cloth to dry for some time. Then dried gram is roasted in hot sand and finally fine powder is made.
People have it in different ways – like sweet drink with milk, sattu paratha, spicy sattu drink etc. Many a times, I add a spoon full of sattu in my daughter’s glass of milk. In my opinion, it’s an Indian health drink with full of energy and other benefits.
However, I like its lip-smacking spicy version. So, here I’ll share the recipe of easy to make tasty sattu drink.
Ingredients for 1 glass of Sattu Drink
- Sattu: 4 tbsp
- Salt: 1/4 tsp
- Black salt: ¼ tsp
- Roasted cumin seed power: ½ tsp
- Finely cut green chilies: ¼ tsp
- Minced onion: 1 tbsp
- Lemon juice: ½ tsp
- Chopped coriander leaves: 1 tsp
- Chopped Mint (pudina) leaves: 1 tsp
- Cold Water: 1 glass
It’s quite a simple process with just the mixing of all ingredients required.
- Take Sattu in a bowl and add half glass of water.
- Stir and blend to make a paste free of lumps.
- Add remaining water and all other ingredients and mix everything.
- Add salt and lemon according to your taste.
- Your drink ready for serving.
So, check if this nutritious food is available in your nearby store. If not, then if you are fortunate to have a friend from Bihar, ask her/him to bring Sattu for you. If that is also not possible, you can also make sattu at home. Give it a try – you will forget all fizzy drinks in front of a glass of cool Sattu!