Sattu

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Sattu is a foodstuff in South Asia consisting of a mixture of ground pulses and cereals. The dry powder is prepared in various ways as a principal or secondary ingredient of dishes.

History[edit]

The process of preparing Sattu is ancient[1] and is popular over a wide area of India and also Pakistan.

Use[edit]

Sattu is used in regional cuisine to varying degrees. In Bihar, use of Sattu is extensive and is used in several dishes. It is commonly served cold for breakfast as a porridge or soft dough. Sweet dishes combine sattu with fruit slices, sugar and milk. In savoury dishes sattu may be flavored with green chili, lemon juice and salt. It is a popular stuffing in parathas. In Bihar, Sattu is prepared with toasted gram flour.

In the Punjab region, Sattu is prepared with toasted ground barley grains which are ground, mixed with salt and turmeric and rolled into balls. Millet and corn grains are also used.[2]

Ingredients[edit]

Sattu is prepared by dry roasting grains. One method involves dry roasting Bengal Gram and making a fine powder of it. The authentic way of preparing it involves the use of an iron vessel; in which it is roasted with sand. The sand is sieved away after the dry roasting is done. The roasted Bengal Gram is then powdered to achieve Sattu.

Typical pulse used :

Geography[edit]

Sattu is popular in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar,[3] Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa and the Punjab region.[4]

Other names[edit]

Sattu may also be known as Chhatua (in Oriya language) or archaically as Sat-Anaaj.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alop ho riha Punjabi virsa by Harkesh Singh Kehal Pub Lokgeet Parkashan ISBN 81-7142-869-x
  2. ^ Alop ho riha Punjabi virsa by Harkesh Singh Kehal Pub Lokgeet Parkashan ISBN 81-7142-869-x
  3. ^ People of Ind. However this term of opprobrium ignores the fact that the sattu is nutritious and has sustained the Bihari ...
  4. ^ Alop ho riha Punjabi virsa by Harkesh Singh Kehal Pub Lokgeet Parkashan ISBN 81-7142-869-x

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