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Saturday, August 13, 2022

Sabudana Khichdi

  Sabudana Khichdi

Sabudana khichdi is one of the most popular fasting dish that is made with sabudana pearls, boiled potatoes, roasted peanuts and a few spices. It is usually made during Hindu fasting days like Navratri or Mahashivratri or Ekadashi. I share a Maharashtrian-style recipe of a perfect non-sticky sabudana ki khichdi that I have been making for decades.

About The Recipe

Sabudana also known as sago or tapioca pearls are made from the roots of the cassava plant. Another name for this plant is tapioca or yuca.

This is an easy and tasty snack and a good recipe to be made during fasting days but it requires little experience to make a khichdi in which the sabudana pearls are not sticking or have become lumpy.

When you make the sabudana khichdi, you have to adjust the soaking time as per the type of tapioca pearls. For some pearls 2 to 3 hours is fine.

Just cover the pearls with water for some time and you are done. So do soak the sabudana pearls accordingly. I have mentioned in the steps below on testing the soaked sabudana pearls.

In this step by step version of sabudana khichdi, I am showing the overnight soaking method. However, please feel free to adapt the soaking time as per the quality of tapioca pearls you have.

This khichdi is snack that I have grown up having umpteen times. It is loaded with carbohydrates and the proteins coming only from peanuts. Sabudana is rich in carbs and hence this dish makes for a filling snack.

 How to make Sabudana Khichdi

Soaking Sabudana

1. Rinse 1 cup Sabudana or tapioca pearls a couple of times in running water until all the starch is washed away. You can use a colander while rinsing. Soak the sabudana in water. The water level can be 1 to 1.5 inches above the sabudana.

In the below picture, the sabudana pearls are already soaked. depending on the quality of sabudana pearls you can soak them overnight or for some hours. I always soak them overnight since even after soaking them for 2 to 3 hours, they don’t soften.

2. To check if the sabudana has become soft or not, you should be easily able to press the sabudana and it should get mashed up easily.

If there is some hardness in the center of the sabudana pearls, then add a few tablespoons of water in the bowl. Cover and leave for 30 minutes more.

Note that the pearls have to be softened thoroughly. If the center is hard the khichdi will not have a good texture as sabudana will not cook well.

3. Using a strainer or colander strain all the water from the sabudana pearls well. Do strain very well as there should be no extra water in the sabudana. Keep aside.

Remember to drain the water really very well. Any water in the sabudana will make your khichdi mushy or pasty.

Cooking Potatoes

4. When the sabudana pearls are getting soaked, you can boil potatoes in a pan or in a cooker and keep aside. For pressure cooking, just add enough water covering the potatoes and then pressure cook for 4 to 5 whistles on medium flame.

You can also steam the potatoes in an instant pot adding required amount of water.

 5. When the pressure settles down on its own, open the lid. Remove the potatoes and let them become warm or cool completely. Then peel and chop them.

Instead of boiling potatoes, you can even shallow fry potatoes and then add them to the sabudana khichdi.

6. Heat a kadai or a frying pan. Add ½ cup peanuts (moongphali).

7. Keep flame to medium-low and stirring often roast the peanuts.

8. Roast till the peanuts become crunchy. You will see the peanut skins getting browned or charred.

9. Switch off the flame and keep the peanuts aside to cool. You can remove the peanut skins if you want.

10. Add the cooled roasted peanuts in a small grinder jar or blender.

11. Using the pulse option powder the peanuts coarsely. Do not grind at a stretch as then the peanuts will release oil.

Grind in parts and for a few seconds as we just need to make a coarse or semi-fine peanut powder. You can even coarsely powder the peanuts in a mortar-pestle.

12. Take the sabudana pearls in a mixing bowl or a plate or tray. Then add the peanut powder in the bowl containing sabudana.

13. Also add edible rock salt (sendha namak) as per taste and ½ to 1 teaspoon sugar.

In fasting food we use rock salt. If making this dish on regular or non-fasting days then you can swap rock salt with regular salt

14. Mix very well with a spoon.

15. Heat 3 tablespoons peanut oil or ghee in a heavy kadai or pan.

16. Add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds.

17. Let them crackle and get browned.

18. Then add 1 chopped green chilli.

19. Fry for a few seconds on medium-low flame.

20. Now add the chopped boiled potatoes.

21. Mix and saute for a minute on medium-low flame.

22. Next add the sabudana + peanut powder mixture.

23. Mix very well.

24. Saute the sabudana pearls on a low flame stirring continuously for approx 4 to 6 minutes.

25. Saute till the sabudana become translucent. Taste a few of the cooked sabudana pearls. You should not get a raw taste.

Once cooked, switch off the heat. Do not overcook as the sabudana can become lumpy and dense.

26. Then add 1 teaspoon lemon juice for some tang.

27. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of chopped coriander leaves. If you do not eat coriander leaves during fasting, then you can skip them.

28. Mix well.

29. Serve sabudana ki khichdi hot or warm. While serving you can also garnish sabudana khichdi with a few coriander leaves. You can also garnish with some grated fresh coconut.

You can eat sago khichdi as is or with a side of sweetened curd or coconut chutney that is specifically made for fasting days.

I am sharing below some tips shared by readers as well as by myself to make a nonsticky sabudana khichdi.

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