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Saturday, 8 June 2019

Sattu Ka Ghol / Savory Sattu Drink

Sattu Ka Ghol also known as Sattu ka namkin sharbet is a delicious savory Summer drink made with Sattu (roasted black chickpea flour), black salt, herbs, spices and raw onion. It is a refreshing and cooling protein-rich drink which is filling , has cleansing properties and is an excellent thirst quencher. This no-cook drink is gluten free, vegan and can be made in a jiffy. Sattu ka ghol is easy on the pocket, suitable to people of all ages and one of the best ways to get the amazing health benefits of Sattu, which is considered as a power house of nutrients. 

Sattu and Besan look alike but are not the same. While Besan is the flour obtained from black chickpea, Sattu is made from the roasted black chickpeas. The dry-roasting procedure seals all the nutrients intact and increases its shelf life. Sattu is often referred to "the poor man's protein". It is high on insoluble fiber which is light to the digestive system. It has good proportions of iron, manganese, and magnesium and is low on sodium too. These nutrients benefit the body and boost the immune system. Sattu has cooling effect on the body and thus provide relief from the scorching heat. It can serve as a great food for all age groups, whether babies, adults or elderly. Sattu has low glycemic index which makes it ideal for diabetic patients and weight watchers as well. 

Sattu is easily available in grocery shops of North India. But if you cannot source it in your part of the world, you can make your own Sattu by grinding the unsalted skinned and split roasted chickpea which is used as in making chutneys and as thickener in gravies. The picture below show the salted roasted chickpeas which are used as snack , the unsalted skinned and split roasted chickpeas and the sattu for reference. 

Both sweet and savory varieties of sattu drink are sold by road side vendors during hot Summers as a cooling drink in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Calcutta. The sweet variety is made using jaggery. Drinking Sattu drink on an empty stomach has many benefits. It improves bowel movement, flushes out body toxins, increases appetite, enhances energy and helps in losing weight.  Apart from this drink, Sattu is used as an ingredient in making many healthy dishes like Litti Chokha, sattu ladoo, sattu paratha, upma, porridge etc. If you have not heard or tried this Sattu drink yet, do give it a try this Summer season. So lets get started.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 0 minutes
Serves: 2-3

  • 3 tablespoon Sattu
  • 2 cups cold water from earthenware water pot (matka)
  • 2 tablespoon onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dry mint powder
  • Black salt to taste
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  1. In a bowl take the sattu. Add roasted cumin powder, black salt, mint powder and chopped green chili to it. Now add 1/2 cup water and whisk everything well to get a lump free slurry. 

  2. Next add the remaining water, finely chopped coriander leaves ,chopped onions and lemon juice. Give this slurry a good mix. Our healthy delicious Sattu ka ghol is ready to serve !

Recipe Notes:
  • Sattu is not Basen. It is easily available in Indian groceries but if you still cannot source it in your part of the world, you may powder the roasted split and skinned chana to make sattu at home using a grinder . 
  • You may replace the green chili with black pepper powder if serving to kids or if you cannot tolerate the heat of green chili.
  • Do not skip the chopped onions as they do add to the flavor of the drink and give it a bite.
  • I would recommend not to substitute black salt with table salt as it gives the drink a characteristic flavor.
  • You may add chat masala powder to the sattu drink to make it all the more flavorful.
  • If you do not have dry mint powder, use the fresh mint leaves.
Linking this Sattu ka ghol recipe to the  Facebook group, Recipe Swap Challenge,where i participate every alternate month.  Here paired bloggers visit each others blog and bookmark recipes they like and wish to try out. Any one dish is then recreated and posted on their blogs with due credits given to the author. This is my 7th month in this wonderful group started by dear friends and fellow bloggers, Jolly Makkar and Vidya Narayan. For this month challenge, My partner is the very talented Priya Iyer who blogs at Thephotowali.wordpress.com. Check out her versatile space for authentic South Indian recipes and other food preparations from around the globe. What i adore most is her photography and writing skills. Simple yet impressive ! I was super excited to have her as my partner as i have already a bunch of recipes bookmarked from her blog to try out. I first thought to try her Thai Yellow Vegetable Curry recipe and then the Kalyana Rasam but finally settled with this Sattu Ka Ghol, a simple yet excellent Summer cooler which is the need of the hour right now.


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  1. Sattu ka ghol looks absolutely delicious

    1. Thank you Ravneet. It tastes yum. Do give it a try.

  2. The Sattu Ka Ghol looks absolutely delicious! This is just the perfect healthy cooler for the summer,isn't it?

    Very well explained recipe and beautiful pics, as always.

  3. I love sattu ka sharbat
    . This sattu ka ghol looks so refreshing and delicious. Perfect for this hot weather. Sattu also cool our body so a must summer drink.

  4. Sattu ka ghol looks very refreshing. I liked the vibrant colour and the beautiful click. And yes thanks for the detailed information about sattu.

  5. Sattu ka ghol looks really refreshing and very healthy drink. It’s easy to prepare with just handful of ingredients & we can enjoy this soothing drink. Will definitely try, such a cool share poonam 😊

  6. I just love this super cool and refreshing drink using sattu. perfect for summer days

  7. I haven't heard this before but looks like so refreshing. Like to try for this summer.

  8. Brought back my childhood memories... mom used to make it for us in summers.. very refreshing and nutritious also. Beautiful refreshing color

  9. Sattu ka ghol is very new to me. Looks so refreshing and so easy to prepare. Perfect for the summer and I am more inclined to try this asap as it is a protein rich dish

  10. Perfect summer drink..Such a healthy and refreshing drink.

  11. lovely pics, Poonam ! I dint know it was called Ghol. I make this regularly with or without jaggery and we call it namkeen / meetha Sherbet..

  12. Banana are high protein rich fruits among all. Its Perfect summer drink. Such a healthy and refreshing drink. like Shunya 0 artificial flavor color drink