Sabudana/Sago/Tapioca Pearls Khichdi is a delicious dish cooked with potatoes, chillies and peanuts. It’s vegan & gluten-free. This khichdi is a popular snack in India and is mainly consumed during fasting days. Having grown up in an extremely friendly neighborhood where we used to be at our neighbor’s place all the time, eat at their homes or they would be over at my house relishing the delicacies made by mom. It was fun growing up in such a warm environment. They were Maharastrians and we were South Indians. Which meant that we became very well versed with the cultures and traditions of each other. We celebrated all festivals together, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, had numerous sleepovers, game nights, laughing at insider jokes, from trips to the market to long trips, movie marathon sessions, invented new games, played the regular ones, shared secrets to sharing our lives together. Together we have survived some very terrible losses in our personal lives, been there for each other always, provided emotional support and guided each other whenever required.
The way I enjoyed their mom’s home cooked food, they enjoyed my mom’s food. While they loved my mom’s Lemon Rice Noodles/Sevai, I enjoyed their mom’s Sabudana Khichdi. Aunty would always makes extra khichdi for me. I just loved the way she made this dish. Sadly, she made it only on special occasions like fasting days. I used to really crave for this dish on other days. Today as I made this recipe, I was really missing my neighbors who mean more than family to me. It bought back so many wonderful childhood memories. I have made this dish million times, but I can never match her taste. The taste of her love is always missing.
I was craving for this wonderful meal once I moved to the US. Thankfully, I have a friend here who is an awesome cook. She always sends me some whenever she prepares this khichdi. Me and KR always relish it fondly. It’s only recently that I started to make Sabudana Khichdi here. Today I wish to share with you my version of this ultra delicious Indian snack recipe which is made using just 5 main ingredients.
Firstly, soak the sabudana/sago/tapioca pearls for at least 7-8 hours. I usually soak it overnight. The trick here is to level the water and sabudana. Do not soak the sabudana in more water than required as it tends to get very soggy. In oil, temper the cumin seeds and fry the green chillies. Now add the chopped potatoes and salt. Saute it till the potatoes are done.
Now add the peanuts powder, soaked sabudana and cilantro. Mix it all well. We use coarsely ground roasted peanut powder for this recipe.
Just cook it for a minute or two and Sabudana/Sago/Tapioca Pearls Khichdi is ready. Some like it with some lime juice on top.
This can be had as a snack or as a meal. It’s very filling. No wonder it’s consumed during fasting days to keep one full for a long time.
Sabudana/Sago/Tapioca Pearls Khichdi
Sabudana Khichdi is a traditional Indian breakfast/snack recipe which is made using soaked Tapioca/Sago pearls. It's gluten-free, vegan & delicious to taste.
- 2 cups sabudana
- 2 potatoes chopped
- 3-4 green chillies minced
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tbsp oil
- 3-4 tbsp peanut powder
- 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
Firstly, wash the sabudana to get rid of the starch. Then soak them for at least 7-8 hours. I usually soak it overnight. The trick here is to level the water and sabudana. Do not soak the sabudana in more water than required as it tends to get very soggy. Basically the level of water should be at the same level as sabudana. This was an important tip given by my neighbor aunty which I follow even today. In the morning, drain out the water if any. It should be soft to touch and mushy when pressed. In oil, temper the cumin seeds and once they crackle, add half of the chopped cilantro and green chillies. Fry for a minute. Then add the chopped potatoes and salt. Saute till the potatoes are done. Now add the roasted peanuts powder along with soaked sabudana. Mix it all well. Just cook it for a minute or two and Sabudana/Sago/Tapioca Pearls Khichdi is ready. Garnish with the remaining chopped cilantro. Some even like to add lime juice on top for extra flavor.
Add lime juice on top for more enhanced taste.
Sabudana/Sago/Tapioca Pearls khichdi is indeed a delicious dish of tapioca pearls cooked with potatoes, chillies and peanuts. It’s vegan & gluten-free. This khichdi is a popular snack in India and is mainly consumed during fasting days.
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