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5 Benefits of Sattu Premix

5 Benefits of Sattu Premix


Sattu is a protein-rich flour made from powdered chana (Bengal gram) or other pulses and cereals. It is quite popular in many parts of India such as Jharkhand, Bihar, Punjab, Uttarakhand and UP. Interestingly, it is liked and consumed in many parts of Pakistan also. However, what earlier belonged to a few states, is now a famous and exotic food ingredient that is easily available even in supermarkets. Sattu is now available in different forms that include wheat, barley or sorghum (jowar). All these variations have a certain percentage of roasted gram in it.

Many a times, Sattu is referred to as ‘Poor man’s protein’. It is the latest food which has gained popularity and recognized as a superfood. It has numerous health benefits and some very quick and tasty recipes could be made out of Sattu. It is high in nutrients and is often called the powerhouse of energy. Here is a look at all you need to know about Sattu.

There are many stories behind the origin of Sattu. However, one common meeting point of all the stories is that it was consumed a lot during wars because of its durability, easy to consume nature, and energy giving nutrients. As per one legend, Sattu originated in Tibet where it is known as ‘Tsampa’. It was believed to be a staple for monks who used to travel places to gain enlightenment. Fascinatingly, Sattu played an important role in the 1999 Kargil War too. Not many people are aware about the fact that the win was initially achieved by the courtesy of Ladakh Scouts, an infantry regiment of the Indian army. The unit was instrumental in ensuring that not only the little battalion posted up there got their ammunition and information supply, but food as well— especially Sattu! Sattu finds a mention in the Holy Quran as well. It goes by the Arabic name ‘Saweeq’ (barley Sattu) and is one of the pious foods mentioned in Quran. As per legend, Prophet Muhammad, on his way from Khyber rested in a village. In the morning, he said to one of his followers: “Whatever food a person has, he should bring it to us.” The food brought to his table was ‘hais’— a delicious, filling, nourishing concoction made of dates and ‘saweeq’. It soon became a sweet to be offered during weddings and a part of the ration carried by Arab traders.

Sattu is a great ingredient to add to your daily diet if you want to stay fit and disease free. Here are a few health benefits of Sattu.

Natural summer cooler: A drink made out of Sattu is a great drink to quench your thirst during summer. It prevents the body from overheating and brings down the body temperature significantly.

High nutritional value: The dry-roasting process by which Sattu is made, seals in all the nutrients. It is rich in protein, fibre, calcium, iron, manganese and magnesium.

Great for digestion: Sattu has high amounts of insoluble fibre which is great for the intestines. It cleanses the colon, detoxifies it of greasy food, constipation and acidity.

Helps fight diseases: Sattu is a low-glycemic index food and is a great option for diabetics. It keeps blood sugar levels in control and regulates blood pressure. The high fibre in it is great for those suffering from high cholesterol.

Aids weight loss: If you want to reduce weight, start consuming Sattu on an empty stomach. It helps reduce bloating and also enhances metabolism and burns calories effectively.

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