Suddenly everyone is talking about ‘Sattu’; it has become the new super food that you must include in your diet. The eastern and northern parts of India (may be even central) have always had Sattu as part of their diet, especially during scorching summer months; but for the benefit of everyone else, let’s understand what exactly Sattu is.
Simply put, Sattu is the powder of dry roasted Bengal gram. Sattu shouldn’t be confused with besan. While Besan is the flour of ‘raw’ gram, Sattu is the flour of ‘roasted’ gram. Sattu is coarser and healthier.
Why Sattu laddoos make for an excellent snack for kids:
- Extremely quick to make. Hardly takes 5 minutes. Just make it whenever the kids are hungry. No need to make and store.
- Perhaps the easiest laddoo to make; easier than even peanut laddoo, certainly easier than besan laddoo. Can be made even by kids themselves.
- A minimalist recipe. Don’t need to remember too many ingredients or any proportions.
- No cooking involved.
- Packed with nutrients like protein (23%), carbohydrates (64%), fat (13%) [ Source]. It is fiber rich and known to also contain Calcium, Iron and Magnesium.
- Keeps you cool in hot summer.
It is certainly my no. 1 go-to recipe for a healthy and quick snack for my 6 year old.
- Sattu / Roasted gram flour
- Ghee / Clarified butter
- You have to take quantities according to your preference and taste.
- I take the regular sugar, you may use powdered one. The regular sugar granules give a crunchy taste.
- Take Sattu in a bowl.
- Add sugar (as per taste), Ghee (that gives moist, rich taste) and water (only so much that it can bind the laddoo.
- Mix everything and make balls or laddoos. That’s it.
- Go ahead and eat 🙂
Note: Apologies for such poor quality pictures.