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Sathu Maavu (Homemade Health Mix)

 Published 2017-Apr-23   Updated 2019-Apr-13

- 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
  • Roasted Bengal Gram (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

Optional Ingredients

  • 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

Sathi Maavu Ingredients
* Most of the ingredients are shown in the picture. Jowar and Corn are not shown as I did not have enough bowls to display them.


  1. 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. 

    Sathi Maavu Preparation Step

  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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Comments (27)

Person   ()
we give this Sathu mavu to our children .They relish it because of its taste. It also increases weight, improves the health on long run. This can be introduced in schools in their mid day meal programme.
Person   ()
Thats good to hear. Yes, its very healthy for kids.
Person   ()
Very useful Good.
To buy Annams sathu maavu Annams
Person   ()
Your food items are very good. Plz add kulambu for meals and veg side dish for chapati
Person   ()
Hi, Thank you for your comments. There are many recipes already in the site. Please browse through.

Also, please keep visiting often. Will be adding more.
Person   ()
What's the purpose of adding Sago?
Person   ()
You can skip it if you do not prefer.
Person   ()
In 2000 WFP feed UNILITO (Sathu) one year to all Bhutanese refugees in Nepal for their best health . Their after feed only to pregnant women , children & TB case refugees .That UNILITO (sathu) was excellent food for taste & energy . Where is this UNILITO available to purchase ? How to prepare 100% same quality unilito ? What is the difference between these two sathu ? Please don’t published my personal informations it must be 100% safe & response as early as possible ! I am waiting good news ! Thank you !
Person   ()
No idea. I haven't tasted it and do not have any idea about it.
Person   ()
Hi Dahlia,
Near my place I can get all the ingredients in flour form. Kindly advise how can I make sathu maavu from this flours.
Thank you.
Person   ()
Please mix the flour also in the same measurement. I am not sure how it will taste though. When we use whole grains, we roast it. This adds a nice aroma and flavour. But store bought flour will not be roasted.
Person   ()
Hi mam how to save sathu maavu to be safe
Person   ()
Keep it in airtight containers. It will stay good at room temperature for 2-3 months.
Person   ()
Hi mam taken for pregnancy? Because of kollu
Person   ()
Yes you can. If you are concerned, you can omit the kollu while preparing.
Person   ()
Can i mix apple juice in it..
Person   ()
You need to cook the maavu first in some boiling water,, Then you can add your own flavoring...
Person   ()
Do you have a YouTube channel?
Person   ()
Yes. Recently started adding a few videos. Here is my channel -
Person   ()
Dalia (Pottukadalai) is wrong Dalia is broken wheat and Pottukadalai is fried channa dal.
Person   ()
Thanks for letting me know. Have a great day.
Person   ()
Tried it for my son and he loved it so much. I love how you have put up optional ingredients, made the work interesting.
Person   ()
Thanks Ekta.
Person   ()
I have a doubt. For the porridge you say that the mix needs to be boiled, whereas for the laddoo you have not mentioned cooking. Would it be okay for us to consume sathu maavu without cooking,as in laddoo.
Person   ()
It all depends on how well the grains are roasted. If you are not confident that all the grains are not well roasted, then roast the sathu maavu in a kadai until a nice aroma come. After that add the ghee and make ladoos.
Person   ()
My 14months daughter liked it very much..thank you for the recipe
Person   ()
Thats interesting to hear. Enjoy!

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