Sattu Drink, Sattu Namkeen Sharbat

Sattu drink or sattu namkeen sharbat – summer drinks with chane ka sattu flour (roasted gram flour)

sattu drink
Sattu Drink

Sattu drink is one of the most popular, traditional, healthy summer drinks from Bihar and UP. What is sattu and is it good for health? Sattu is roasted gram flour. Sattu is full of nutrition with cooling properties, rich in soluble fibre, high in protein and good for the digestive system. Its low glycemic index makes it suitable for diabetics. In fact, it is considered a detox food that cleanses the system and aids in weight loss.

Other than chane ka sattu (roasted gram flour) there are many sattu varieties that are available in the market. Sattu is a mixture of 7 varieties of pulses, millets and cereals which include horsegram, wheat, barley and maize and is consumed all over Bihar and Uttar Pradesh especially by the farmering community and those who labor in the hot sun. This healthy mix is available in major supermarkets all over India. A variety of dishes like litti, parathas and laddus are prepared with sattu flour.

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Roasted gram or chane ~ Sattu flour

One can prepare sattu flour or roasted gram flour from scratch at home but it is a labour intensive process. Basically black chickpeas or kala chana (not kabuli channa) are cleaned, boiled in hot water for 3-4 mts, drained and allowed to rest for 2 hours, covered. The chane is spread out on a cloth to dry completely and is roasted in an iron kadai long with sand. The roasted chane and sand are sieved to separate the chana. The roasted chane is ground to a fine powder and stored in an air tight container. The best alternative would be to use store bought roasted chana, roast it on medium flame for 3 mts, allow to cool and grind to a fine powder. I have followed the easy way out to make sattu flour at home.

There are two versions of sattu drink – meetha (sweet) and namkeen (savory). Sattu namkeen sharbat is a salted version where black salt, black pepper, roasted cumin powder, lemon juice and mint leaves are used. The sattu drink recipe or sattu namkeen sharbat that I am posting today is prepared with roasted gram flour or chane ka sattu. An energizing drink that not only quenches our thirst but also protects us from heat strokes due to intense summer heat. In fact, roasted barley flour (jau ka sattu) which is known for its cooling and hydrating nature is also added to sattu drink. I love the flavor of this healthy drink. I also enjoy the sweet version of sattu drink, the recipe of which I will post tomorrow.

sattu namkeen sharbat
Sattu ka sharbat

Follow the instructions below to learn how to make sattu drink or sattu ka sharbat

Sattu Drink, Sattu Namkeen Sharbat

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  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

Method for making Sattu Drink, Sattu Namkeen Sharbat

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.
sattu drink


Sattu drink or sattu ka sharbat is a traditional, nutrition rich gem among summer drinks. How to prepare sattu drink with roasted gram flour or sattu flour.
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  • Jaya

    Why do I need to add jau ka atta to sattu?trying for my 14 year old to gain weight as she is suffering from digestive disorders thanks

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      Its optional. It cools and hydrates the body during the hot summer months.

  • Ravi Kumar

    Tried it today and it brought back the memory of my old days in north bihar having sattu drink in summer on road side. The very same taste.

  • Arti

    Do we take out the skin of store brought Chana before grinding?