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What is Sattu Powder? Benefits, Side Effects, Recipes, and more

Sattu is composed of rich nutrients, like carbohydrates and protein. Hence, doctors recommend consuming it in small quantities, especially at night time, to avoid indigestion.

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What is Sattu Powder? Benefits, Side Effects, Recipes, and more

What is Sattu? What is Sattu made of?

Sattu is referred to as a type of flour native to India, Nepal, and Pakistan. It is the end product of a mixture of pulses and cereals. It can also be made of barley, referring to it as barley sattu. Different places have different names for this ground powder. For example, Sattu meaning in Gujarati is sattu atta.

Sattu Nutrition Chart

Sattu nutritional value (as per 100-gram powder):

Energy: 413 calories

Sodium: 158 grams

Carbohydrate :64 grams

Protein: 25 grams

Fibre: 18 grams

Fat: 5 grams

Water: 3 grams

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What is the difference between besan and sattu?

If a particular ingredient is roasted and ground into a powder, it is referred to as sattu. However, when horse gram or chana is ground but not roasted, it is referred to as besan. If besan were roasted and powdered, it would be called sattu afterward. Also, sattu is slightly coarser than besan.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Sattu

Chana sattu benefits us in many ways. A few of them are listed below:

Improves Digestion

Fibre in sattu prevents constipation by cleansing the stomach and colon. Iron content helps in regulating bowel movement. Thus, sattu keeps your digestive system on track. You can assist this process with yoga for digestion.

Keeps blood sugar level in control

Sattu ranks low on the glycemic index scale. Moreover, it has nutrients like protein that help in reducing blood sugar levels. Thus, diabetic patients can eat it to keep their blood sugar levels in control.

Helps reduce weight

Fibre, protein, and other vitamins and minerals content of sattu improve body metabolism. This increases the rate of calories and fat burning process that ultimately helps in weight loss. It also reduces stomach bloating. Use can also boost your weight loss plan with super foods.

Helps in lowering cholesterol

Sattu helps in regulating cholesterol and blood pressure due to high fiber content. Hence, it also reduces the chances of heart diseases by protecting coronary arteries.

Side-Effects of Sattu

Although sattu has high nutritional value, it might not be beneficial for everyone. Here are some sattu side-effects that you should check out before consumption:


Sattu is composed of rich nutrients, like carbohydrates and protein. Hence, doctors recommend consuming it in small quantities, especially at night time, to avoid indigestion. Excess consumption may cause bloating and gas in the stomach. Try using Isabgol for indigestion- an extremely popular remedy among Indian households.

Problematic for patients with kidney stones

It is rich in sodium and protein. Hence, one of the plausible side-effects of sattu is kidney stones. Salt promotes the formation of calcium in urine, whereas protein blocks citrate production. Both of them lead to kidney stone formation.

Allergic reaction

For people who are allergic to grams and chickpeas, consuming sattu may cause an allergic reaction in them.

Sattu Powder

Sattu flour or sattu powder means a finely ground form of roasted chickpeas or chana dal. It is also available in various mixes, such as wheat sattu, barley sattu, etc., in the market.

How To Make Sattu Powder At Home

  • Wash 2 cups of chana dal thoroughly with water.
  • Boil it in 3 cups of water for 7 to 8 minutes until it becomes soft and mushy.
  • Drain out the water and put the daal in a bowl.
  • Cover boiled chana dal with clay wrap and leave for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Then spread it on a cotton sheet and dry for another 3 to 4 hours in the shade.
  • Roast the dried chana dal for 45 minutes at low flame.
  • Grind the chana dal. You can keep the texture of the powder, fine or coarse, as per your preference.

Sattu Recipes

Are you looking for how to make sattu flour recipe? Here are some popular sattu flour recipes that you can try at home.

Sattu Sweets: You can make two types of sweets using sattu powder: cookies and ladoo. The recipes are shared below

Sattu Cookies


Sattu Powder: 1 cup

Jaggery Powder: ¾ cup

Almonds (coarsely grounded): ½ cup

Milk: ¼ cup

Ghee: 2 tablespoon

Cardamom powder: 1 tablespoon

Baking Powder: ¼ tablespoon

Baking Soda: ¼ tablespoon

Salt: 1 pinch


  • Mix sattu powder, jaggery powder, baking soda, cardamom powder, baking powder, and salt in a bowl
  • Heat the ghee and add it to the mixture. Keep mixing till it starts sticking together.
  • Add milk and knead softly.
  • Preheat the oven. Use ghee to grease the baking tray.
  • Make cookie-like shapes from the dough.
  • Place them on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 8 minutes at 180 degrees from both sides.
  • Let them cool down for 10 minutes after baking.
  • Enjoy your cookies!

Sattu Ladoo


Sattu flour: 1 cup

Jaggery Powder: ½ cup

Ghee: 3 tablespoon

Cardamom Powder: ¼ teaspoon


  • Add ghee to a pan and heat for some time.
  • Add sattu flour in it and mix at low flame for 2 minutes.
  • Turn off the stove. Then mix jaggery and cardamom powder.
  • Mix additional 2 tablespoons of ghee.
  • Make ladoos from the mixture.
  • Add more ghee if the ladoo does not bind well.

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Sattu Drink

Sattu drink benefits by regulating body temperature during summers, providing instant energy, and boosting appetite.


Sattu powder: 2 tablespoon

Water: 1 glass

Sugar: 2 to 3 teaspoon

Black Salt: 1 pinch


  • Add sattu powder, sugar, and a pinch of black salt in a glass of water.
  • Mix well using a spoon.
  • Your sattu drink is ready.

Make sure to consume Sattu as advised by your doctor.