Just imagine an ancient Indian traditional food item that has a festival dedicated to it. That’s right! We are talking about Sattu – a staple food in Bihar. “Sattu” refers to roasted Bengal Gram Flour, and the festival named after this all-time favourite is named Satuaa Sankranti – an annual harvest festival celebrated across Bihar.
The dish that we will be making today is called Sattu Chokha – the word “Chokha” means mashed. For instance, a traditional preparation of mashed potatoes is called Aloo Chokha in Bihar (Aloo means potato). This dish isn’t just tasty, it’s amazingly healthy too. Sattu is an Indian super food that is packed with proteins, dietary fibre, calcium, iron, manganese and magnesium. Around 20 per cent of Sattu is pure protein – a great way to build strength, stamina, muscles and healthy bones.
So let’s get started on this simple dish. Here are the ingredients that you will require.
Bengal Gram Flour (Sattu): 200 grams
Onion: 1, medium-sized
Mustard Oil: 2 tablespoons
Green Chillies: 2
Fresh Lemon Juice: 1 tablespoon
Salt: to taste
The quantities mentioned above are for preparing a single serving. Adjust the quantities proportionately to suit the number of servings that you require.
Peel, wash and finely chop the onion.
Finely chop the green chillies.
Take the Sattu in a bowl and add salt to taste. Mix well. Use your hands to create a shallow trough-like depression on top of the pile of Sattu. Pour raw, cold-pressed Mustard Oil into this depression. Add the chopped onion, green chillies and lemon juice. Gently fold the Sattu over the oil and other ingredients. Knead the contents of the bowl into a soft dough-like mixture. Then use your hands to form the dough into smooth palm-sized balls. Add a little water if the mixture is too dry.
Next… well, there is no next step. There’s no heating, cooking or frying. Your dish is done! It’s that simple – really! Your BihariSattu Chokha is now ready to be served. It can be eaten with pretty much any Indian dish – lentils, vegetables, fried snacks, rice, etc. Enjoy the healthy taste of Bihar – the traditional way.
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