Saggubiyyam Payasam

Updated: July 12, 2022, By Swasthi

Saggubiyyam payasam recipe with step by step photos – Saggubiyyam is the telugu name to tapioca pearls or sago. This saggubiyyam payasam is one of the easiest puddings or payasam made with topioca pearls, jaggery, cardamom powder and milk.

sagubiyyam payasam

Tapioca pearls are known as sabudana in hindi, javvarisi in tamil & sago in general. These are very high in carbohydrates and lacks other nutrients. So these are cooked to various dishes with nutritious ingredients like milk, peanuts, potatoes etc.

Due to the high carbs saggubiyyam is said to boost the energy instantly. It is also considered a summer food as it keeps the body cool and soothes the stomach. Many ayurvedic experts suggest this to beat the heat and dehydration.

Saggubiyyam payasam can also be prepared using little moong dal and rock sugar which helps to beat the summer heat.

I made this payasam with palm jaggery if you want to make it with sugar you can just skip making the jaggery syrup. Then add the sugar once the saggubiyyam is cooked through.

But the payasam made with jaggery always tastes the best and is preferred to offer God.

Most people offer saggubiyyam payasam to the gods during puja. Some women also add it to semiya payasam and some to rice payasam. But I personally do not use it for naivedyam as these are heavily processed.

Similar Andhra recipes,
Gutti vankaya
Tomato pappu
Dibba rotti

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How to Make Saggubiyyam Payasam

1. If your jaggery/ palm jaggery is clean or you prefer to use sugar you can skip this step. But if you are unsure whether clean or not, melt it in a hot pot with just little hot water. Filter it through a coffee strainer, boil it until it reaches a thick consistency. Set this aside to cool. To cool this, i transfer to a wide bowl and cool it inside a bowl of cold water.

making bellam pakam for saggubiyyam payasam recipe

2. Wash and cook half cup sago in 1.5 cups of water till they are cooked and look transparent. You can also use a handful of pesara pappu or moong dal to this. Make sure pappu/ dal is cooked well.

Wash and cook half cup sago

3. Add 1 cup milk and cook on a medium flame. Keep stirring.

addition of milk to cooked sago for saggubiyyam payasam recipe

4. The payasam turns thick and sago is cooked completely.

The payasam turns thick

5. Add cardamom powder / elaichi powder. Cook for a while.

addition of cardamom powder to make saggubiyyam payasam recipe

6. Add the cooled and thickened jaggery syrup or sugar. Stir and switch off. Cooking further may curdle the payasam.

Add the cooled and thickened jaggery syrup or sugar

7. Add ghee to a hot pan. Roast nuts and raisins until golden.

frying cashews to golden to make saggubiyyam payasam recipe

Pour this to the payasam.


Offer to god or enjoy with your family.

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Saggubiyyam payasam

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saggubiyyam payasam is a pudding made with tapioca pearls, jaggery and milk. It is a traditional dessert from the andhra cuisine and is most often made during festivals.
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Prep Time1 minute
Cook Time18 minutes
Total Time19 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • ½ cup saggubiyyam or Tapioca pearls
  • cups water
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup jaggery (bellam) (or palm jaggery or sugar)
  • 1 pinch cardamom powder or elaichi powder
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 4 cashews
  • 4 raisins


  • Grate the jaggery and add it to a pan with 3 to 4 tbsps water. Heat it until the jaggery dissolves. Place a filter over a glass and pass the jaggery syrup through it. Rinse the pot and add back the jaggery syrup to it. Boil this until the syrup thickens a bit. Cool this completely and set aside. 
  • Add saggubiyyam to another pot and rinse them well twice. Pour 1½ cups water and cook them until they turn transparent. You can also bite them and check they must be fully cooked and not be hard inside. If needed add more water and keep stirring until done.
  • Pour milk and cook until it thickens. Stir in the cardamom powder and cooled jaggery syrup. Do not pour hot jaggery syrup to the cooked saggubiyyam otherwise the payasam will curdle completely.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon ghee in a small pan. Add split cashews and fry until they turn lightly golden. Then stir in the raisins and fry until they turn plump. Pour this to the saggubiyyam payasam.
  • Always cool the foods before offering to god. Sagubiyyam payasam is served after cooling completely to have the cooling effects on the body.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Saggubiyyam payasam
Amount Per Serving
Calories 267 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 42mg2%
Potassium 120mg3%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 130IU3%
Calcium 106mg11%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Hi Swathi ,
I tried this recipe at home but after the sago got cooked i added milk and it got curdle …i don’t what i mistook here ..

So, Jaggery have to cool down then we have mix with the sabudana. Further we have to stop the cooking to avoid curdle.

Hi swasthi! Tried this in the morning and came out very well. I added some almond paste also as i was feeding to my baby. Hope i can do that. Also as was in a hurry i couldn’t consume it. Can we refridgerate it and consume in the evening? Please advise. Thank you.

Thank u so much. I have used organic sugar.

such a yummy payasam dear …lovely clicks

tasty kheer, and nice clicks.

Healthy payasam,looks so yummy..

Lovely and tasty payasam.

I love this payasam

Tasty kheer and awesome clicks…

beautiful glass swasthi.. this drink is definitely needed to beat chennais hot summer..

delicious one, love your tall glass.

Very refreshing kheer i must say,love the addition of sabja seeds.

Looks so good! Loved the last picture.

Delicious and my fav one…

Love the variety of recipes you have…this looks so tempting

Addition of sabja seeds sounds interesting…Lovely payasam

good one..

This is lovely, more flavors and ingredients compared to our local version of honey dew melon sago. Certainly refreshing and soothing.

Very nice drink! I like sago in desserts.

one refreshing drink,with all healthy ingredient….

i looove sago payasam… urs looks delicious… 🙂