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Sathu Maavu Ingredients – HomeMade Health Mix For Babies

Published on: 9 August , 2018 | Tanusri Chakraborty

Almost every new-mommy is worried about is her children’s welfare. Taking care of them and nurturing them with good nutrition is a mother’s foremost thought & priority! Until you are breast-feeding your child (mother’s milk is the only source of nutrition), you don’t have to worry much. But gradually as your infant progresses to the next stage of feeding, the stress of feeding the right food in the right quantity propagates to another level. Here is the recipe of making Sathu Maavu Ingredients – HomeMade Health Mix For Babies. An ever-challenging task at hand for moms is to identify nutritious, healthy and weight gaining options for 6 months+ babies & removing the “external ingredients” or “preservatives” from the equation! Though the market has abundant options when it comes to baby food we really aren’t sure of the quality of ingredients & hygiene of preparation that go into manufacturing these products. Brands like Maggi suffering the burnt of being adulterated, puts everything under the mommy scanner. So, when it is time for your 6 months old baby to start solids, you can very well treat them with some homemade and delicious Sathu Maavu Ingredients – HomeMade Health Mix For Babies. Not only would it be free of additives, synthetic flavors or preservatives but also can be made with organically grown products to enrich its nutritional value. We would want to show you how to make fresh, cost-effective and nutrient-laden Sathu Maavu Powder.

Why Home Made Health Mix Powder?

Homemade instant food mixes or Sathu Maavu Powders are anytime better than their commercial alternatives which are easily available at the supermarket shelves. They have the following benefits over their commercial counterparts.
  1. They are free of storage hassles (do not need a warehouse) and are made fresh and in lesser amounts of quantity which does not need more storage. The commercially made ones need storage in warehouses which can be rodent infested.
  2. Branded mixes come with a long shelf life which is only possible by the addition of preservatives. Feeding preservatives can be harmful to babies at such a tender age.
  3. The readily available mixes on market shelves have also got flavored additives in them and their chemical composition stands unclassified. In other words, you do not know which chemicals you are feeding your baby.
  4. Homemade Sathu Maavu is freshly made and customized as per your baby’s needs ensuring maximum nutrition and nil synthetics. In case your baby is intolerant to certain products those can be omitted out while preparing the powder. Using organic ingredients can increase the food value even further.
  5. Homemade mixes are cost effective and you only pay for the ingredients you have used. The branded versions always charge a whopping amount because they are baby products in the first place and they have to be branded, marketed and advertised as well.
  6. How-so-ever difficult and cumbersome the preparation technique might sound it is nothing in comparison to the joys of feeding ideal nutrition to your baby. The powder can get ready in a jiffy given that the ingredients are kept handy in the first place.
The Process of Making Sathu Maavu Ingredients – HomeMade Health Mix For Babies The procedure is very simple, involving mainly roasting and grinding and of course cleaning ahead of these steps. The entire procedure takes not more than one hour.

Sathu Maavu Ingredients /HomeMade Health Mix Ingredients

The substances used for HomeMade Cerelac /Sathu Maavu are customized as per your baby’s needs. The substances that we have used may be or may not be used depending on your baby’s tolerance levels. Mixing and matching the ingredients is entirely flexible and up to you. 220gms Cup White Rice / Brown Rice / Vellai Araci 150gms Green Gram / Hara Chana / Pachhai Kiram 150gms Moong Dal / Payatham Paruppu 150gms Cup Black Gram Lentils / Sabut Urad Dal / Karuppu Kiram Paruppu 150gms Roasted Gram / Bhuna Hua Chana / Vadchakalai 100gms Wheat Dalia / Kotumai Taliya 75gms Red Lentils / Masoor Dal / Macuri Tal 75gms Cup Sago / Saboo Dana / Cawairici Akiyavai Itarkenap 75gms Cup Horse Gram / Kulthi / Taniyam 75gms Finger Millet / Ragi / Viral Tinai 75gms Cup Corn Kernels / Makai Guthli / Solam 75gms Cashew / Kaju / Mundiri 20gms Cumin Seed / Jeera / Ciraka Vitai 20gms Carom Seeds / Ajwain / Omam 8 pieces Cardamom / Elaichi / Elakkay The following ingredients can also be used in addition to prepare a healthy mix for your baby - 40gms Pearl Millet / Bajra / Muttu Tinai 40gms Barley / Jou / Parli 40gms Soya Beans 40gms Peanuts / Mungfali / Verkalai How To Make HomeMade Cerelac / Satthu Maavu Infants have to be given everything post sterilization. Hence this will be no exception. All the utensils used will have to be cleaned well and dried too before using. Avoid any moisture retention in the utensils to extend the shelf life & avoid spoilage.

How To Make Sathu Maavu

Take all the ingredients as per their quantity in separate bowls and soak them in distilled water (Boiled and cooled down to normal temperature) for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes drain water from the ingredients one by one and spread it on a plate with a clean cloth on top of it. After the water has been drained completely collect on a separate plate and spread under the sun for drying. The ingredients dry out by an hour. Remove the plate from sunlight and bring forward for roasting. Take a clean kadhai or pan and roast the ingredients as per instructions laid down below for roasting.


  1. Rice will have to be roasted till it puffs up.
  2. The dal, daliya, ragi, cashew nuts and the corn kernels will all have to be roasted till they turn golden brown.
  3. Roast the sabu dana, horse gram, carom seeds, cumin seeds, and roasted gram till they look crispy.
  4. The green gram will change color from green to mild brown upon roasting.
  5. Cardamom pods and Almonds will have to be roasted till they release their aroma.
Ensure that none of the ingredients get burnt in the roasting process. If burnt, discard the ingredient because it will taste bitter and your baby will not like the taste of his homemade cerelac. Let the ingredients cool down for 15 to 30 minutes.


The roasted substances can now be ground either in a powdering mill or blender or mixer at home. In case you have to visit the mill, do get one-kilo rice or wheat ground first to avoid any of the flavors from the mill to pass onto your infant’s mix. It is always safer, cleaner and better to grind your baby food in your home itself. Grind till you get a smooth powder. This powder has a longevity of upto 6 months depending also on the weather etc. A humid weather might cause your powder to get contaminated faster but a dry and hot weather will ensure no contamination for a long time. All you need to do now is to store this mixture in an airtight container to bar any moisture from entering the sathu maavu powder or else this homemade cerelac might get spoiled.

Nutritional Information of the Ingredients Used:

Ingredients Nutritional Information
Rice Carbohydrates, Protein, moderate B vitamins, Iron and Manganese
Green Gram High in protein, dietary fiber, Iron and Magnesium
Moong dal High in dietary fiber, it is a low-fat protein source with an array of essential vitamins and minerals. Potassium, calcium, folate, b-complex, vitamin C, E & K are all present in Moong Dal.
Black Gram Very nutritious with high protein content, potassium, calcium, iron and Vitamins Niacin(B3), Thiamine(B1) and Riboflavin(B2)
Roasted Gram It contains carbohydrates, proteins, fat, dietary fiber, calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium, Vitamin A & Folate(B9)
Wheat dalia It is a good source of Magnesium, Protein, Carbohydrate and dietary fiber
Red Lentils They are extremely rich in proteins, soluble fiber, anti-oxidants, folic acid, Iron and magnesium
SAGO They contain carbohydrates, proteins, dietary fiber, calcium and Iron in abundance. Smaller amounts of carotene, thiamine and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) are also present.
horse gram Carbohydrates, protein, dietary fiber, calcium, phosphorus, iron and vitamins from the B-Complex.
Finger Millet High content of carbohydrates, dietary fiber, proteins, calcium and potassium
Corn Kernels Sodium, potassium, proteins, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, magnesium, Iron and ascorbic acid.
Cashew Extremely rich in protein, dietary fiber, carbohydrates, copper, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, thiamin, Vitamin B6 and K. Iron, potassium, zinc and selenium are also present in moderate amounts
Cumin Seeds They are a rich source of dietary fiber, proteins, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron and also have sodium in significant amounts
Carom Seeds Rich in minerals, fiber, vitamins and anti-oxidants
Cardamom Contains vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, Iron, manganese and dietary fiber


Calories 8.8 calories
Total Fat 0.2 g
Sodium 3.5 mg
Potassium 2.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate 1.6 g
Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
Sugars 0.2 g
Protein 0.4 g
Vitamin-A 0.2 %
Vitamin-C 0.1 %
Calcium 0.6 %
Copper 0.1 %
Folate 0.2 %
Iron 0.3 %
Magnesium 0.1 %
Manganese 0.2 %
Niacin 0.1 %
Phosphorus 0.1 %
Thiamin 0.2 %
Zinc 0.1 %
***Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Quantity to be used for each meal

Heat some water in a bowl and add 2 tablespoons of the home-made health mix to it. Ensure to clear the mixture of all lumps. Turn on the gas and cook the mixture on sim for about 10 minutes. Clean and cut some boiled apples or ripe bananas and mash into a puree. Add this puree to the mixture to make it sweeter. Congratulations! Your infant food is ready to be served to the baby. Pure goodness and pink of  health served with love to your loved one! It May Also Interest You To Read - Natural Home Remedies For Indigestion In Kids 20 Best Foods That Help Your Baby Gain Weight 14 Junk Foods You Should Definitely Avoid & Why
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Tanusri Chakraborty

Her Mantra - Live & Let Live! Inherited from her dad, she loves to write and express her thoughts. A loving mom to her Golden Retriever Buddy and human child Vivaan, her life revolves around her family! Letting go of her full time job as an Ops Lead was tough but nothing in comparison to the joys of writing! She has miles to go in the content space and dreams to write a book someday. She can also cook, dance, sing, do aerobics, is a reader, thinker and believer!

Ashwini 2018-10-24 12:26:50

We as a family take sathumaavu porridge daily.. your recipe is definitely giving a different variety and would love to make it next time. Let me try and update. Thanks a lot!

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Seema pokharna 2018-10-19 20:32:28

Super recipe with all the nutrition. Fresh and home made food for baby.

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Sumithra S 2018-10-19 13:58:22

Thank you so much for this sathumaavu recipe. I have to start weaning my baby and was searching this. Shall note it down. I'm happy that moms are sharing lots of good information. Helping each other and growing a healthy and stronger India is definitely in every mom's hands only. Thanks much. Good day

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Sumithra S 2018-10-19 13:58:22

Thanks alot Sumithra. Really happy to hear these words from you! :)

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Thank you for the comment!