This drink is known as Glucon D for Bihari’s. It is is made up of Sattu (roasted gram flour), water, lemon, jeera powder, and salt. It is one of the healthiest protein packed drinks which is a breakfast all in itself. Bihari’s drink it first thing in morning to boost their energy levels.
Sattu Sharbat is one of my favorite childhood summer drinks. This sweet delight that originated in Bihar is known for its cooling properties. It is popular across the country and has its own variations in states like Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Once popular as a rural delicacy, Sattu Sharbat eventually caught the attention of the urban population. Sattu powder is basically made with roasted black chanas which is used to make the drink. It is also used as a condiment in various other dishes like Litti Chokha, Laddoos and even Parathas.
According to Puja Sahu who runs Pot Belly that serves Bihari cuisine in New Delhi, “Sattu Sharbat is a Bihari drink which is loved almost everywhere. We make the Sattu powder with roasted ground black chana, bay leaves and roasted jeera – all blended together. People in Punjab, however, have a different version of Sattu, wherein they add jowar (white millet flour) and jau ka atta (barley). Sattu can either be served sweet by mixing it with sugar and water or with jeera, hara dhaniya (coriander leaves), green chillies and kaala namak (black salt).Sattu Sharbat is very filling and healthy. It is full of nutrients, fiber and protein and is a brilliant summer cooler.”
- sattu flour
- Sattu flour – 3 tbsps (channa ka sattu)
- Water – 50000 to ml, chilled
- Lemon – 1, small
- Mint leaves – 8 leaves, crushed or finely chopped
- Black salt – 3/4 tsp
- Roasted cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
- Black pepper powder – pinch
- Salt – 1/4 tsp
- Prepare sattu flour by grinding 1/3 cup of roasted gram to a fine powder. You can sieve it or use as it is.
- Take a vessel, add sattu flour and water and mix well. Add juice of lemon, crushed mint leaves, black salt, roasted cumin powder, black pepper powder and salt and mix well.
- Pour into glasses, add ice cubes and serve.
- You can add 11/2 tbsps of roasted barley flour along with sattu flour.
- You can add 2 tbsps of chopped onions or finely chopped raw mango as garnish.
- A tsp of ginger juice can also be added.
- You can add 1/4 tsp chaat masala or jaljeera masala powder.
- Finely chopped green chili can be used instead of black pepper powder.
Written By: Sailu