Health benefits of roasted Bengal gram/chickpeas flour or chana

Roasted gram flour or chickpeas flour also know as Sattu is very high in nutrition. A variety of dishes can be cooked using it.
Legend has it that, imprisoned by Aurangzeb, Shah Jahan when was asked to pick only one food item for his rest of the life; he decided bet on Bengal gram.
Raw Bengal gram could be beat into flour or besan, split into daal, cooked as a curry or even changed into kebabs and its leaves could be made into saag.
The flour of roasted bengal gram is called Sattu.

Health Benefits:

  1. Very good for digestive system as two third of its fiber content is insoluble and hence transition through digestion system is slower.
  2. Antioxidant as it’s rich in Fiber
  3. Metabolism booster and hence helps in weigh loss
  4. Helps in diabetes as it has very low glycemic index (GI). Lowers triglycerides.
  5. Energy booster- people who do hard physical works prefer this.
  6. Helps maintain electrolyte level in scorching sun.
  7. Strengthen blood vessels and improved cardio-vascular health.
  8. Good for pregnant, lactating, menstruating women due to its iron level.
  9. Lower breast cancer risk and mood fluctuations in post-menopausal women.




Also read

  1. How to make Sattu/roasted gram flour Paratha
  2. The dishes made out of Bengal gram
  3. Why is Bengal gram a sexist item
  4. Why Shahjahan liked Bengal gram
  5. Chana as facial cream

Nutrition Value

  1. High in protein, fiber, minerals and vitamins
  2. Also a good source of iron, and saponins.

Nutritional Meter per 100 g (3.5 oz)

Energy – 1,619 kJ (387 kcal)
Carbohydrates – 57 g
Sugars – 10 g
Dietary fiber    10 g
Fat -6 g
Protein-22 g
Niacin (B3)      (7%) 1 mg
Folate (B9)      (109%) 437 μg

Calcium           (5%) 45 mg
Iron      (31%) 4 mg
Magnesium     (47%) 166 mg
Phosphorus     (45%) 318 mg
Potassium       (18%) 846 mg
Selenium         (11%) 8 μg
Sodium            (4%) 64 mg
Zinc     (21%) 2 mg
Other constituents
Water  10 g

μg = micrograms • mg = milligrams
IU = International units
Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database; Wikipedia


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