My dad really likes Tikkis of all types and so this weekend I made Sattu ki Tikki, which he quite enjoyed. Made with Sattu (or flour made with soaked, dried, and roasted black chickpea), this high-protein, nutritious snack is very easy to make.

Protein Rich Sattu ki Tikki
Protein Rich Sattu ki Tikki

Sattu is gaining a superfood status in India because it is a low-cost source of high-quality protein and fibre. It is very easy to make Sattu Flour at home and make things like Sharbat, Paratha, and Litti with it. I am sure with a little research and development, even things like Dosa would be possible. 🙂

I used this recipe from Recipe Dabba as the base simply because of the fact that she used a cooked dough to make the tikkis. This process helped in ensuring that the tikki was cooked through and through, while keeping it soft and moist.

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Recipe for Sattu ki Tikki

Sattu ki Tikki

Sattu ki Tikki | A High-Protein Snack

Sattu ki Tikki is a delicious way to include the protein- and fibre-rich Sattu into your diet. Sattu is the flour made from soaked, dried black chickpeas or chana. With this recipe, you get all the pleasure of snacking with some great health benefits. 🙂
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Cooling Time 10 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine Bihar, Indian, Jharkhand
Servings 12 x 2″ Tikkis

Equipment

  • Heavy-bottomed vessel or kadhai
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Tava

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Cup Sattu (100 gms)
  • 1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Onion (75 gms)
  • 3/4 Cup Water
  • 1 tbsp Finely Chopped Green Chillies
  • 3-4 tbsp Finely Chopped Coriander
  • 1/2 tsp Amchur Powder
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Jeera, Cumin Seeds
  • Salt to Taste
  • Oil or Ghee for Pan-frying

Instructions
 

Making the Dough

  • Mix 1 Cup Sattu, 3 tbsp finely chopped coriander, 1 tsp finely chopped green chillies, 1/2 tsp amchur powder, 1 tbsp lemon juice, and salt.
  • Now gradually add 3/4 cup water and make a thick slurry.
  • In a pan or wok, heat 1 tsp oil and add 1/2 tsp cumin to it.
  • Add 1/2 cup finely-chopped onions to it. Stir-fry till the onions are transparent.
  • Now turn the heat down to low. This is important or the Sattu dough will dry out quickly.
  • Add the Sattu mix to the fried onions.
  • On low flame, cook the mix while stirring constantly till it comes together like a soft dough. Be sure it does not dry out because then it will become powdery.
  • Immediately transfer to a plate and let the mix cool a bit.

Shaping the Sattu ki Tikki

  • Oil your palms well.
  • While the dough is still warm, knead it once.
  • Divide the dough into 12 to 16 portions.
  • Using oiled palms, roll each portion into a ball and then gently press to shape into a disc about 1/2" thick.

Cooking the Tikkis

  • Grease the surface of non-stick tava (pan) with some oil or ghee.
  • Heat the pan over medium flame.
  • Place a few tikkis on the tava and cook till the side touching the tava is brown and crisp.
  • Flip over and cook the other side. Drizzle a few drops of oil or ghee along the edges.

Serving Ideas

  • Serve hot with Dahiwali Pudina Chutney, Sonth (Tamarind-Dates Chutney) or then just enjoy by itself.

Notes

  • I used ghee to pan-fry these tikkis and that gave it a lovely flavour.
  • Make the tikkis immediately after making the dough because the dough tends to dry out and become powdery. 
  • While cooking the dough, ensure that it is still soft and malleable. Just short of forming a ball because as it cools it will dry out.
  • Do not leave the dough in the vessel you cooked it in because the heat from the vessel will dry it out.
  • If the dough dries out, add a little hot water to it.
Keyword Gluten Free, Sattu ki Tikki, Sattu Tikki, Vegan, Vegetarian

How to Make Sattu Tikki

  1. Making the Dough for Sattu Tikki
    1. To a large bowl, add 1 Cup Sattu, 3 tbsp finely chopped coriander, 1 tsp finely chopped green chillies, 1/2 tsp amchur powder, 1 tbsp lemon juice, and salt. Mix well.
    2. Next, gradually add 3/4 cup water and mix well to form a thick slurry.
    3. In a heavy-bottomed vessel or kadhai, over medium flame, heat 1 tsp oil and 1 tsp cumin seeds. Stir-fry till the cumin seeds start to change colour.
    4. Next, add 1/2 cup finely-chopped onions to it.
    5. Stir-fry till the onion is transparent.
    6. Now turn the heat down to low. It is important to turn the heat down to low before adding the Sattu slurry because otherwise the Sattu will stick to the bottom of the vessel and then quickly burn. Also cooking the Sattu mix on high heat will dry it out quickly.
    7. Gradually add the Sattu mix to the fried onions and mix well.
    8. On low flame, cook the mix while stirring constantly till it comes together like a soft dough. Be sure not to cook it too much or the dough will become dry and powdery. If the dough dries out, add a little hot water to it.
    9. Immediately transfer the dough to a plate and let the mix cool a bit. Do not leave the dough in the vessel you cooked it in because the heat from the vessel will dry it out.
  2. Shaping the Sattu ki Tikki
    1. Using a few drops of oil, grease your palms well. The dough will stick to your hands otherwise.
    2. While the dough is still warm, knead it once.
    3. Next, divide the dough into 12 to 16 portions.
    4. Using oiled palms, roll each portion into a ball and then gently press to shape into a disc about 1/2″ thick.
  3. Pan-frying the Sattu Tikkis
    1. Grease the surface of non-stick tava (pan) with some oil or ghee. I used ghee to pan-fry these tikkis and that gave them a lovely flavour.
    2. Heat the pan over medium flame.
    3. Place a few tikkis on the tava and cook till the side touching the tava is brown and crisp.
    4. Flip over and cook the other side. Drizzle a few drops of oil or ghee along the edges of each tikki.
  4. Serving Ideas
    1. Serve hot with Dahiwali Pudina Chutney, Sonth (Tamarind-Dates Chutney) or then just enjoy the tikkis by themselves.
Sattu Tikki
Sattu Tikki

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