- Submitted by Dahlia
(Chathu Maavu, Multigrain Health Mix)
Making Sathu Maavu at home was never in my list as we hardly have porridges at home. Really, we all prefer a nice healthy breakfast. My kids used to have sathu maavu porridge when they were babies. That time mom and grandmom used to prepare. I never bothered to make it at home.
Recently after my mom had a surgery and was in a recovering state, she had difficulty eating solid food. In order to bring our some variety in the semi-solid food options (like oats soup, kanji etc.), I tried giving her some sathu maavu porridge one day using some store bought health mix. It happened that my daughter started enjoying the porridge along with my mom. So I wanted to make the health mix at home myself.
Sathu Maavu can be made with as many as grains that you want to include. Below I have given a huge list of the ingredients I have added. There are also some optional ingredients that I have listed which can be added. It is a time consuming process as you need to roast each ingredient before powdering it. It takes at least 45 minutes but finally you get a big batch of powder which will last you months.
This sathu maavu can be prepared as a porridge and given safely to babies as young as 6 months. Sick people can have this nutritious kanji while recovering. People on diet can have this for breakfast as the porridge keeps your full for a long time. Other than making porridge, you can use this health mix for making other tiffin varieties too. Do check out the Serving Suggestion below for other options.
The good thing about making at home is that you know exactly the quality of ingredients that went in. You may or may not add a particular ingredient depending on your health condition. I encourage everyone to try making this today.
Recipe for Sathu Maavu
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Makes: about 1 kg of sathu maavu
- Finger millet (Ragi) - 200 gms
- Pearl Millet (Kambu) - 200 gms
- Red Rice - 100 gms
- Wheat (Samba Godhumai) - 100 gms
- Jowar (Cholam) - 100 gms
- Green gram (Paasi Payaru) - 100 gms
- Soya Beans - 100 gms
- Corn (Makka Cholam) - 50 gms
- Dalia (Pottukadalai) - 50 gms
- Foxtail millet (Thinai) - 50 gms
- Horse Gram (Kollu) - 50 grams
- Sago (Sabudhana, Javarisi) - 50 gms
- Barley - 50 grams
- Almonds - 10
- Cardamom - 5
- Dry ginger -1" piece
- Peanuts - 50 gms
- Black Rice - 100 gms
- Other Millets - 50 gms
- Green peas dried - 50 gms
- Masoor Dal - 50 gms
- Black Gram - 50 gms
- Flax Seeds - 50 gms
*Most of the ingredients are shown in the picture below. Jowar and Corn are not shown as I did not have enough bowls to display them.
- Take all the ingredients and pick any unwanted grits or stones that may be present. It is not necessary to wash the grains if you get it from a good super market. I have included all the items that I have mentioned above. Other items that could be included are also listed above.
- Dry roast each ingredient separately. Most of the grains start popping and a nice aroma when it gets roasted. Do this roasting on a medium low flame and keep stirring constantly to avoid burning.
- Spread the roasted grains in a wide plate and allow it to cool. You may have to use 2-3 plates or a big cloth to spread out in a thin layer to cool faster.
- Once it cools, you can grind it. If you have a flour mill nearby, getting it done there is the easiest option. If not, do it in your mixie in small batches.
- The powder will be hot as soon as it is powdered. Let it cool completely before storing it in air tight container.
Serving Sathu Maavu
- Sathu maavu can be served in many ways. The most common way is to have it like a porridge. To make salted porridge, take 1 tbsp of the sathu maavu, 1/4 tsp of salt and mix with 1 cup of room temperature water. Place it on the stove and cook until it thickens. Cool for about 5 minutes and mix 2-3 tbsp of buttermilk. Its ready to enjoy.
- For making sweet porridge, first melt some jaggery or palm sugar in about 1/2 cup of water, strain it and keep. Take 1 tbsp of the sathu maavu, mix with 1 cup of water (or milk) and cook like before. Once it starts thickening, add the prepared jaggery syrup and switch off.
- In our native place, it is common to make sathu maavu puttu. You can make it with just sathu maavu or mix it with rice flour and prepare.
- Similarly, you can make instant multigrain atta by mixing 1/4 cup of sathu maavu with about 2 cups of whole wheat flour (or atta). It is now ready to make healthy rotis.
- If you mix in some powdered sugar or powdered jaggery with the sathu maavu, it can be had as a snack with some tea. Also, some ghee can be mixed in and formed into Sathu Maavu Ladoos. This is also a perfect evening snack for school kids.
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