Chattua ( Happy Janmashtami And a Tale of True Friendship )
No words were exchanged as to the actual purpose of Sudama's visit. And yet Krishna understood his friend's plight. The once penniless Brahmin finds himself as the owner of a palatial house on his return. Krishna did not give him occasion to lavish praise for that would have created an imbalance in their relationship. Such is the beauty of friendship. It is rightly said that we cannot choose our birth but we are free to choose our friends. So, choose wisely.
By now most of you would be wondering about the connection between this beautiful story and my recipe. Ok, let me give you a hint. One of the important components of this recipe is something that Sudama had taken as a gift when he went to visit Krishna. Bingo! It's beaten rice which is also known as pohe/avalakki/chuda in various parts of the country.
Chattua ideally refers to roasted Bengal gram flour. In large parts of Odisha, it is consumed as a porridge mixed with milk and sugar. But these days, a special kind of Chattua has overtaken the older version. A mix of roasted gram, beaten rice, cashews, milk powder, glucose biscuits and sugar goes into the making of this one. Some versions also include roasted wheat, ragi and other grains to boost the health benefits. Here is my version of 'Chattua' that I usually make in small quantities and keep in a small jar within my reach. Two to three spoonfuls is guaranteed to take care of those unwanted hunger pangs. At the same time, it can also be eaten in the regular manner with warm milk.
Read on -
Preparation Time - 10 mins
- 2/3 cup beaten rice
- 2/3 cup roasted bengal gram
- 1/4 cup cashews ( substitute with almond and walnut to make it healthy )
- 1 tbsp flaxseeds
- 1 tbsp sugar ( depends on taste so I skip adding it in mine )
- 6-7 glucose biscuits (any brand)
- 2 tbsp milk powder (any brand)
Preparation - Heat a skillet. Dry roast the beaten rice till it turns crisp. Remove and keep aside till it cools down.
Add the cashews to the same skillet. Roast till they darken faintly. Remove and keep aside till cool.
Finally add the flaxseeds to the skillet. Once they start popping remove and keep aside till cool.
Take all the ingredients in a mixer jar and grind into a powder of medium consistency.
Store in a airtight container and consume within 1-2 weeks.
To consume as a porridge, add about 1/2 cup of this powdered mixture to 1 cup of warm milk.
Note - Chattua can be used as a substitute of Cerelac for children older than 1 year. I have also tried the same recipe with my kid. He was ok with it till he grew bored with the porridge stuff and wanted something chew-able.