Sattu Ka Sharbat & Banaras
Growing up in Maharashtra, India I had not heard much about this ingredient. My mom used to ask us to eat ‘Saatu’ but it did not quite register as a special thing.
Fast forward many years and I remember my first visit to Varanasi, I fell in love with this place. I know people talk about the dirt and filth but all I could see was the peaceful ghats, a tremendous sense of devotion, and one becoming aware of one’s mortality and of course the food.
Every corner you turned there was some amazing delicacy to be devoured. We feasted on Jalebis, Kachoris, Lassis and so much more. I don’t know if its the water, air or the fact that many of these places have been there for generations, but each thing tasted amazing. I don’t remember having bad food in that town.
A lot of the food eaten was Satvik, which means there was no onion and garlic in the recipe, honestly I did not miss it.
I am a Chai addict and I must say some of the best chai I have had was in Varanasi, I think its the milk thats pure and fresh which makes all the difference. I loved roaming through the lanes and exploring because I feel ‘Banaras happens in the gallis’
I just loved how chilled out people were here, taking there own time to read a news paper, chat with a friend over a plate of kachori or even get a haircut, everything had a sense of calm. I went on a boat ride every morning that I was there, just the sound of water and the oars, some bells in the background and bliss.
Ghats have a lot going on, different ghats decorated in different styles. If you just observe, you get to learn a lot.
I will never get tired of this city, its fascinating on many levels. I feel that even meditating here was very powerful and peaceful.
On our way to the airport we stopped for a cup of chai, I mean everyone knows what kind of chai you get inside the airport 🙂 . On the same stall this man was making litti chokha, and man that was some delicious preparation. He was roasting them on open fire and the best part was that the litti was stuffed with some tasty mixture called Sattu.
That was my introduction to this magical ingredient called ‘Sattu’. This is powder of sorts made with roasted whole chana in most part, however there are some variations that add barley as well as Jowar/sorghum to it. Its commonly seen in the Northern India, mainly Bihar & UP as well as Pakistan and Nepal. Simple sounding however a true superfood, Sattu can be used in multiple applications. Often times savory and sweet drinks are made using Sattu, and in Bihar you would get to taste delicious sattu stuffed litti or even parantha. I must tell you that parantha turns out amazing. I will share the recipe some day soon.
Not only does it taste good and easy to make but its a power house of health benefits. Super high in protein, fibre, gluten-free, vegan and perfect for the summer and it cools down the body.
So when I came back from Varanasi and was talking about it my driver was very happy. He is from Varanasi and an ardent Sattu follower. When he heard that I liked it, he brought two homemade sattu flours for me along with a recipe for the sattu savory drink. I made it and loved it.
I make an effort to make traditional recipes and follow whats good for you in that season, if you like that idea then try out this recipe. Its super easy
Sattu ka namkeen sharbat
Naturally gluten- free & vegan
- 2 cups cold water
- 2 tablespoon gram sattu
- 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice like to taste
- 1/4 T Spoon Sendha Namak
- 1/2 tsp spoonful of cumin seeds
- 1 tsp finely chopped mint
- 1 tsp finely chopped cilantro
- 3 tbsp peeled and grated Green Mango optional
- 1/4 Tsp finely chopped green chillies optional
- 1/4 tsp salt
Mix the sattu with a little bit of water, enure there are no lumps left
Mix the rest of the ingredients along with the remaining water & stir
You can also make a sweet version, mix a little bit of honey or Gud with water and sattu powder