I’ve had a very pampered childhood and a downside of that has been that it was easy for me to be finicky about food because of which I missed out on so many amazing flavours! One of them being Sabudana Khichdi or tapioca sago seeds khichdi. These small white tapioca pearls were always a mystery to me when I went to the grocery shop until I ate sabudana khichdi at my sister-in-law’s place for the first time and just loved them!
In India, Sabudana khichdi is usually made during fasting days. Sago seeds are high in nutrition and considered good for infants, sick people and during the fasts. But I love this tapioca pearl recipe so much that I can’t wait to make it for breakfast almost every week! For the fasting days, it is prepared without onions.
The trick in making Sabudana khichdi, as she told me, is to soak the sago seeds with just enough water – not more, not less. In her own words:
“Soak it overnight in just enough water to cover the top of the sabudana in a thin layer, excess water will make it soggy, so just enough to cover the top”
And I did just that and had beautiful pearly khichdi for breakfast today!
Sabudana Khichdi/ Sago seeds khichdi
By Ashima Goyal Siraj
Preparation time: |Cooking time: |Serves: 2
1 cup sabudana (Tapioca sago pearls), soaked overnight
3 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds (rai)
4-5 curry leaves
10-12 plain, unsalted peanuts
1 green chilli, chopped
2 cups chopped mixed vegetables of your choice (I used carrots, potatoes, onions, capsicum) (Skip onions for Navratri and other fasting preparations)
1 tsp red chilli powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp sugar
Salt to taste
1 tbsp lemon juice
Fresh coriander leaves for garnish
- Heat oil in a non-stick pan
- Shallow fry the peanuts. Remove from oil and crush them into small pieces using a mortar-pestle.
- In the same oil, add mustard seeds, curry leaves and green chillies. Sauté for a few seconds and then add carrots and potatoes. Depending on the vegetables you have chosen, add the ones that take the longest to soften first. Onion and capsicum take very little time to cook as compared to carrots and potatoes.
- Once the potatoes are soft add onions and capsicum. Sauté for 2 mins.
- Now add salt, coriander powder, chilli powder, sugar and lemon juice. Mix well and cook for another couple of minutes.
- Finely add sabudana and crushed peanuts. Cook on medium heat for 5-10 minutes till the sabo pearls turn transparent.
- Remove from heat and sprinkle some fresh coriander for garnish.