The Sadu bottu or black bindhi is made with Saggubiyyam (sabudana) hence it doesn't have any chemicals
Keyword: Homemade Black bindhi for babies, Homemade Kajal, Sadu bottu recipe
Cast Iron Skillet or Steel Pan
2cupssaggubiyyam (sabudana/sago pearls)(0.5 kg)
1/2 tbspwhite rice (sona masoori rice)(optional)
Heat a steel pan or cast-iron skillet in high flame
Once hot add sabudana and rice to the pan and keep stirring until the pearls turn black
Make sure you turn the exhaust on, there will be a lot of smoke as sabudana melts in heat.
Once the entire mixture turns black, turn off the stove and let it cool
Transfer it to a blender, add 3-4 tbsp water and blend it to a liquid.
Strain the mixture with a muslin or a thin cotton cloth.
Transfer the strained liquid to a pan and cook till it becomes thick.
How to Store
Once cold, transfer it into a bowl. The Sadu bottu is traditionally stored in coconut shells but it can also be stored in glass/steel/wood/silver containers.
How to Use
When applying take little water on the finger and take out the paste with it and apply it on the forehead or cheeks. We use a backside of a matchstick or an earbud to apply the bottu so it's small and a perfect round :D it takes couple of minutes for the bottu to get dry, so the ideal time to apply is when the baby is asleep or when they are calm.
It dries up very quickly and does not smudge at all. It can be easily cleaned with water while bathing the infant.
Don't use non-stick pans as the pan may be ruined. Use either iron or steel pan