Thursday, November 6, 2014

Homemade Health Mix Powder Recipe-Sathu Maavu Kanji Powder

Today I am going to share with you my homemade health mix powder or kanji maavu. Though I prepare a variety of breakfast for my family, my breakfast is always porridge. I made this health mix with organic ingredients bought from health store. This health mix powder or energy mix powder is very flavorful, inexpensive when prepared at home and  also versatile. Versatile in the sense, you can make laddus, rotis, dosas with this health mix which I will be sharing with you all soon. When you make it at home, you know the quality of ingredients used and also you can tweak the recipe to your liking. You don't have to buy the expensive health mix at the store, make this easy and delicious, flavorful sathu mavu at home following this easy recipe.

Homemade Health Mix Powder-Sathu Maavu Kanji Powder  

Homemade Health Mix Powder-Sathu Maavu Kanji Powder

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 60 mins 
 Yields: 3 1/2 kg
 Recipe CategoryHealth Food
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Finger millet-Ragi-1 kg
   Pearl Millet-Kambu -1 kg
   Green gram-Pachai Payaru -1/2 kg
   Red Rice-Sigapu arisi-1/4 kg
   Roasted gram-pottukadalai -1/4 kg
   Foxtail millet-thinai -1/2 cup (optional)
   Horse Gram-Kollu - 100 grams
   Barley -100 grams
   Almonds -25 
   Cashew nuts -10
   Peanuts -100 grams
   Cardamom -6
   Dry ginger-sukku -1 inch piece


Preparation and Method

Clean all the ingredients. If you buy branded organic ingredients, you can skip this step as mostly it is clean and can be used as such.

Dry roast all the ingredients (except cardamom) separately until you get a nice aroma of roasted ingredients. Spread the roasted ingredients on a plate to cool. Then mix everything together.

Get it ground in a flour mill to a fine powder. Spread it on a plate to cool and then store it in an air tight container or stainless steel container. Those who are staying abroad, can prepare less quantity and dry grind it in a mixie.

Shelf Life

This powder has a self life of 3-4 months at room temperature. If  kept in the freezer, it can be kept for more than 6 months.

Who can have this porridge

Porridge prepared from this health mix can be given to babies above 1 year and to people of all age groups. When giving to babies, start with 1 tsp and then increase gradually to 2 or 2 1/2 tsp. Consult your pediatrician before starting any new food for babies.

Note - Instead of red rice, you can use white par boiled rice or brown par boiled rice.

How to prepare porridge/kanji with this health mix powder

Mix 1-2 tsp of health mix powder with enough water without lumps. Cook on low flame, stirring continuously until it starts thickening. Then add needed milk and jaggery (filtered) or natural cane sugar. Your porridge/sathu maavu kanji is ready.This is the basic kanji

I love to add chopped dates, figs and a tsp of extra virgin coconut oil to my porridge. It tastes all the more delicious. Do not add all this for babies.

Savory version with buttermilk and salt

Mix 1-2 tsp of health mix powder with enough water without lumps. Cook on low flame, stirring continuously until it starts thickening. Leave it to cool. Add diluted buttermilk and salt to taste.

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75 comments:

  1. Very wholesome and nutricious mix. these days many grown ups forget to consume this kind of healthy kanjis. time to bring this back in out diet! I intend to. thanks for sharing this recipe :)

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  2. This is packed with great healthy stuff..

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  3. Where can I find these organic ingredients in blr??

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  4. I prepared 2 kg of this home made sathu mavu.it is really tasty and healthy. All my family members liked it.

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  5. I like the way you presented this healthy post. How to prepare, whom to give and how to store..
    A perfect healthy presentation I would say. Thank u so much for sharing..

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  6. Thank you for a healthy and easy to follow recipe.

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  7. HI mam,i love your receipes so much,,,,,i was hostel sudent,i knw oly simple thing,now i got married,i used to c ur receipes n cook..it wil come out very yummy,,,keep on getting appreciate frm family n frnds...all d credit goes to u oly..thanks a lot mam,keep update as many as receipes...

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  8. How long we have to roast the ingredients?

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    1. I have written to dry roast separately until you get a nice aroma.

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  9. You can roast till you get a crispy feel wen you put it in your mouth and bite the ingredients.

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  10. I tired this health mix and it came out very well.. Whenever i search for some receipes i will first search your blog.. all the receipes posted are explained and presented very well.. Thanks you so much for sharing... Keep Going!!!

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  11. Can this kanji be given to babies under the age of 1? I am starting solids for my baby and was thinking of giving this Kanji

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    1. You can give this to your baby after he/she completed 1 year. Refer baby page for more Baby porridge recipes

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  12. Is there a reason for the ratio of different grains used here other than for better taste and consistency?

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  13. Hi padhu,
    I have prepared the powder but added some more ingredients like rajma, kidneybeans...etc.... can i give this powder to my sister who is 3rdmonth pregnant or will it make her heavy.

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    1. Yes, you can give her .If she feels uneasy or uncomfortable after taking this powder, she can stop. She will know about her body.

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  14. Hi Padhu,

    I am giving this to my 14 months baby. But I am mixing it with rice powder say 1 cup rice powder + 1/2 cup mixture and gicing it as lunch. Is this fine? or do i need to change the ratio?

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  15. Why you have to mix it with rice powder .Rice is already an ingredient in the recipe. I have used red rice, you can substitute red rice with par boiled white organic rice. Whatever you give for your child, start with less quantity. Wait to see if it suits him/her. Then you can continue and increase gradually.

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    1. Thank You Padhu! I plan to increase rice quantity as baby is 1+ yr. But as you suggested I start with small quantity and then follow the quantity you mentioned. Thank you so much for the fast reply!!!

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  16. Can we add cholum, red rice and black chenna as

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  17. Hi sis.. Can I add varagu instead of kambu..

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  18. Hi
    Can I add wheat and barley to the ingredients

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    1. Yes, you can. Add less barley like 25-50 grams.

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    2. Why less barley any reason... also tell us which ingredients should use less

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    3. No Particular reason. I have been following this recipe for years. Just follow the recipe as it is.

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  19. Padhu will it be useful for weight loss

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    1. I don't think so. I was having this for breakfast for a very long period. I have not reduced weight nor have increase weight.

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    2. i prepard ezactly what you prescribed along with little horsegram and barley. it is very tasty. but it increases my hunger within wo hours.being diabetic can we continue to use for break fast?

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    3. Glad you liked it. Regarding your doubt- I think you should consult your diabetologist as I have no idea.

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  20. Hi I done everything but I forgot one step and grinded. That is I didn't roast the ingredients just I washed sprouted and dried under sun till it dries.. Whether can I give this to baby .plz reply

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    1. Yes, you can if your baby is above 1 year. Start with just a tsp (when you cook, it will double). You can check my porridge recipes for babies.

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  21. Hi Padhu,
    This came out awesome. I am giving for my baby now. Since my doctor has advised not to give her milk (cow's milk) for 1 and half years am just giving it with panagalkandu. Is that fine? I ve been giving like the same with the health mix i prepared before with some other ingredients. I prepared this as a second version as it has millets.
    Plz reply.

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  22. You can start with just a tsp. I suggest that you also consult your pediatrician. Also check out my Porridge Recipes for babies.

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  23. Hi Padhu
    Is there any plans of selling this healthy mix.I am in Chennai and office going.Not finding time to do something healthy for my kids. So just want to check if you have any plans of selling .I am willing to buy.

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    1. I am not selling anything. You can find ready made health mix powder in market.

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  24. Hi.... is the red rice you mentioned here is red puttu arisi? There is also one variety called maapilai samba

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    1. It is red rice and not maapilai samba. You will get it as red rice in shops

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  25. Hi, can you please give the measurements in measuring cup format. Also let me know if we can use sprouted green gram(homemade). If so what is the procedure.

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  26. Hi, some of the ingredients I can't get it as whole in my area but I get it in powdered form. Is it ok if I use those ingredients in powdered form at the final stage of grinding.Will it give a good shelf life if done so?

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    1. It is ok. We do not know if it is roasted, so you can roast the powder on medium heat stirring continuously until you get a nice aroma, then cool it and mix it with the rest.

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  27. Hi

    I am living in the US, so I'm not sure if I can get all the ingredients you have mentioned. Can I still prepare this mix if I don't have all the ingredients?

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    1. Yes, you can but use atleast one main ingredient finger millet or pearl millet.

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  28. The ingredients were sold in 1kg packets. Have you seen any in any grocery shop in KK Nagar, Ashok Nagar, T Nagar, Alwarpet or Teynampet?

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  29. Hi,
    Awesome blog. Do you think it is good idea to sprout millets and then dry roast?
    Do you have any super nutritious dishes for pregnant women?

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    1. Thank you Sweeya for liking my blog. You can sprout millets like ragi, kambu, dry it well and dry roast it. Regarding nutritious dishes for pregnant women- you can try my recipes using greens, quinoa recipes, dal recipes etc.

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  30. Hi,can I add more almonds and cashews for this preparation?

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    1. Of course, you can if it is for adults and not for babies.

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  31. Hello mam. Can this powder be mixed with milk and used.for dng exercise in gym. Will it be helpful? Kindly let me know it.

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    1. You cannot mix this powder with milk directly. You have to cook it in little water, then add milk.

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  32. Hi Padhu.. ur posts are awesome.. I just made this health mix powder for my toddler.. I m in final months of pregnancy with my second kid.. can I take this porridge even after delivery means while breastfeeding??? will be grateful if u let me know.. keep rocking as always.. good luck n thanks in advance

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    1. Thank you Lavanya for liking my recipes. Of course, you can take this porridge any time.

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  33. Hi Padhu, I have finally prepared this mix and taste really good. My whole family enjoyed the porridge.Thank you so much for this wonderful healthy recipe.

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  34. I'm a great fan of ur blog padhu.. ur Ma guru at kitchen.. I have followed all ur recipes of porridge for babies.. I'm a super happy mom.. giving all homemade items for ma 1yr old..thks a lot ji

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  35. Hi padhu,
    Items to which u have mentioned like ragi, kambu, thennai,barley, green gram,red rice and kollu in this health drink should we wash and dry it then dry roast the items.pls reply.

    Regds
    Meena

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    1. No need to wash. Just clean it well and dry roast. That is the reason I am suggesting to buy good quality branded products.

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    2. Dear Padhu,
      Tried this kanji as mentioned with same measurement. Came out very well and it a very big hit in my family. Everybody liked it and tasted good. Thanks for the wonderful millets recepies.v ve started liking millets like anything. We use it thrice a week.

      Once again thanks and thanks for the wonderful posting.keep rocking.:)

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  36. Hi sister. This is logi..
    Actually am drinking this health mix for two weeks. Am drinking this for reducing weight. But I didn't get results. So please tell me.. Is this good for weight loss?

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    1. Actually this is not for weight loss but you can have it instead of breakfast. In that way, it might help in weight loss.

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  37. Hi, My mom prepared this with more ingredients added in it. i want to use it as a substitute for my whey protein which i take it after my workout at gym.can u suggest me how to make it sweet? actually can it be a substitute for whey protein, i need around 30 gms of protein after workout

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    1. I am not sure if it can be used as a substitute for whey protein. I have given both the sweet and the salted version of the porridge. Kindly read it.

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  38. Hi...Dry roasting is important. I didnt roasted.but kept under sun light, Can i take it directly to the boiling

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    1. You can also dry it in the sun also but it is preferable to dry roast the ingredients. No problem. You can cook and make porridge or dosa or laddu etc.

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  39. Hi mam.. Can we mix this powder with milk instead of horlicks and boost etc. Because I want to give for my four years kid. He is not putting weight..

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    1. No, you cannot mix it like horlicks. You have to cook the flour with water and then mix it with milk. It will take just a few minutes.

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  40. Shall we add flax seeds with kanji maavu?

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  41. Since all the mentioned ingredients are diabetic friendly, can diabetic patients can take this Kanji as morning breakfast, how much quantity they can consume per day?

    Looking forward your reply,

    Thanks, Sriram

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    1. I am not sure of the quantity. Consult a Diabetologist.

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