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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sabudana Khichdi / Saggubiyyam Upma

Sabudana khichdi is a popular dish in some parts of India, especially in the state of Maharashtra. As the title indicates, the khichdi is made using sabudana / tapioca pearls. It can be eaten for any meal of the day and is considered as one of the fasting foods given that the regular salt in the recipe is replaced by rock salt.

This khichdi requires a bit of advance preparation since the tapioca pearls need soaking until they turn translucent and soft. The time of soaking depends upon the variety of tapioca pearls used. Some need only a few minutes of soaking where as some need 4 to 5 hours of soaking. I don't soak tapioca pearls in plenty of water but instead use only enough water to cover them. I cover the tapioca pearls' bowl and forget for few hours. Usually they absorb all the water by that time and would have turned translucent and fluffy, ready for use.

Grated ginger, fresh shredded coconut and sugar can be added as well to the recipe though I don't use them.

Ingredients: (Yield 2 servings)
1 cup sabudana / tapioca pearls
1/2 cup peanuts
1 medium sized potato
1 tbsp. oil
1 tsp. cumin seeds
10 curry leaves
1 or 2 green chillies, finely chopped
Salt to taste
Lemon juice to taste
Minced cilantro to garnish

Prep work:
* Rinse tapioca pearls in a colander under running water until it is not cloudy anymore. This helps to get rid of the starch to some extent. Soak tapioca pearls in a bowl by adding water just enough to cover them. Cover the bowl and leave aside for 4 to 5 hours or overnight. 
* Press a soaked pearl between thumb and forefinger to check whether it easily squishes. If not, sprinkle some more water and soak for some more time. (My tapioca pearls took about 5 hours to soak.) Drain any extra water if present.
* Toast the peanuts and skin them. Save about 2 tbsp. peanuts and coarsely grind the rest of the peanuts.
* Peel and cube the potatoes.

The cooking part:
* Heat oil in a pan, preferably a non stick one and add cumin seeds. When they start to brown, add curry leaves and chillies. Saute them for about 20 seconds and add potato cubes. Cover and cook on low flame until the potato cubes turn tender.
* Mix soaked tapioca pearls, peanut powder and salt in a bowl. Add them to the pan and cook covered on low flame until tapioca pearls turn slightly translucent.
* Garnish with cilantro and the saved peanuts.
* Squeeze some lemon juice while serving or it can be added while cooking tapioca pearls.

This goes to Blogging marathon #85, under the theme 'Breakfast Recipes'. Check out the page to read what other marathoners are cooking.



Srivalli said...

That's an excellent breakfast to enjoy!..I love these pearls in this form as well..

Priya Suresh said...

Love this kind of simple and satisfying khichdi, am yet to prepare this kind of sago dish at home, as none at home like sago dishes apart from payasam.

Harini R said...

One of our fav breakfast dishes. I usually wash and drain sago, add 2 tablespoons of yogurt, mix it in, coer and set aside overnight. This works perfectly for me.

Mayuri Patel said...

My all time favorite... like your photo...makes the khichdi look so tempting.

Usha said...

I find this khichdi very tricky. I made it a few times some years ago and it came out so good. I followed the exact same recipe recently and could not get the same result. Made me wonder if quality of sabudana has anything to do with it.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

I have just recently started a good relationship with sabudana and this is one of my favorite dishes to eat. Yours has come out so perfect.

Sapana Behl said...

Love sabudana khichdi to the core. Looks very delicious.

Priya Srinivasan said...

That is a perfectly done sago khicdi suma!!! MAkes me hungry! wish i could have that bowl now!

Chef Mireille said...

wow what a great idea to use the tapioca - I would love to dig into this

Bhawana Singh said...

Sabudana idli is great breakfast for us. Both kids love having it. A fasting meal as well. clicks are looking beautiful.

Suja Ram said...

Thats my favorite and love to have it anytime.. Your Sabudhana Khichdi has turned out perfect dear..