Sabudana khichdi recipe – Learn to make non-sticky sabudana khichdi with the help of these simple steps. Sabudana khichdi is an Indian dish made of tapioca pearls, potatoes, peanuts and herbs. It is hugely popular in India as a fasting food and is consumed during Navratri. Sabudana or tapioca pearls are widely used in Indian cuisine to make sabudana vada, sabudana kheer and this khichdi. All of these foods are mostly consumed during hindu fastings.
Sabudana is a processed plant starch made from cassava root. As the pearsl are high in starch, proper preparation and cooking is required. Otherwise they turn sticky, chewy and clump up together into a mass.
Here are the simple tips to make perfect, fluffy and non-sticky sabudana khichdi:
Rinsing sabudana well a few times is the first important step. This helps to get rid of the excess powdery starch from the pearls. If not rinsed well, the pearls will stick up to each other and clump up. I rinse them thrice in ample amount of water rubbing them well.
Soaking sabudana using water just as needed is the next important step. There are 2 ways you can soak them for a perfect texture. First one is to use ¾ cup of water for every cup of sabudana. Second method is to soak them in water just enough to immerse them. More details below.
Draining sabudana is optional but is recommended just to ensure there is no excess moisture. I usually skip this step as I find no excess moisture in the sabudana after soaking them well with ¾ cup water.
Cooking the pearls for longer makes them sticky and will turn to lumps. Sabudana needs to be cooked only for 2 to 3 mins. Within this time they turn transparent meaning they are cooked.
- Do not use a cast iron pan. Due to extreme heat, sabudana gets stuck to the pan and turns sticky. Instead use a non-stick pan.
- Do not skip lemon juice. Add it towards the end and run a fork through the cooked sabudana khichdi to break up lumps if any. Small lumps here and there may be common as they are pure starch.
- Adding sugar most times makes my sabudana sticky so I prefer to skip it. So it is up to you to use or not.
- Ginger: I haven’t used ginger here. If you are not making for fasting then you may add it.
- Peanut powder: You may skip it but it helps the sabudana to remain grainy.
- Coconut is an optional ingredient.
Sabudana khichdi recipe
Ingredients (1 cup = 240ml )
- 1 cup sabudana (sago or tapioca pearls)
- 2 tbsp peanuts
- 2 tbsp ghee or oil
- ½ tsp cumin (jeera)
- 1 sprig curry leaves
- 1 to 2 green chili chopped or slit
- 1 boiled potato medium (firm and not mushy)
- ⅓ tsp sendha namak (powdered rock salt) adjust to taste
- 2 tbsps coriander leaves finely chopped
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp ginger chopped
- 2 tbsps peanuts (optional) (to powder)
- 2 tbsp coconut grated
How to make the recipe
- Add sabudana to a wide bowl and pour 2 to 3 cups of water.
- Rub the sabudana with your fingers well and drain the water completely.
- Repeat this steps of adding fresh water, rubbing and then draining the starchy water completely.
- Then pour ¾ cups fresh water and soak them for 4 to 6 hours or until softened.
- After 4 to 6 hours, check if the sabudana is soaked well and softened by pressing a few pearls in between your thumb and fore finger.
- Well soaked sabudana will get mashed well and completely.
- If they are hard, cover and set aside for few more hours. You can also sprinkle some water if needed.
- When the sabudana is soaked well, transfer them to a colander to ensure there is no excess water left.
- Dry roast 2 to 4 tbsps peanuts until golden and aromatic. Set these aside.
- Optional – If you prefer to add some crushed or powdered peanuts, you can powder half of them & set aside.
How to make sabudana khichdi
- Heat ghee or oil in a pan.
- Then add cumin, green chilies, ginger and curry leaves.
- Saute for a minute and then add cubed boiled potatoes.
- Then saute for 1 to 2 mins and sprinkle salt.
- Meanwhile mix together sabudana, salt and peanut powder (optional).
- Regulate the flame to high.
- Add sabudana to the pan along with coconut (optional).
- Stir and saute for 2 to 3 minutes or until transparent. Overcooking can make them sticky.
- Squeeze in the lemon juice, coriander leaves and roasted peanuts that were set aside.
- Mix the lemon juice lightly. This helps to release any sabudana stuck together.
- Serve sabudana khichdi with yogurt.
NUTRITION (estimation only)
- Do not over soak or over cook sabudana, they may turn sticky.
- There are so many varieties of sabudana available in market. Some need to be soaked for 6 hours to over night while there are varieties that may need just 2 hours for soaking. You will have to experiment with your variety.
- If you have a trouble with sabudana turning sticky. Drain them completely after soaking and spread them on a plate for about 30 minutes.
- You can also add a tsp of melted ghee or oil to the soaked sago and toss before adding to the pan.
- Use enough oil or ghee for seasoning else they stick to each other due to lack of grease.
- I prefer to use boiled potatoes, as the raw ones take a lot of time to get cooked.
Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.
If you are new to cooking, follow my detailed step by step photo instructions for best results.
1. Pour sabudana to a wide bowl.
2. Pour 2 to 3 cups of water and rub them well with your fingers. Drain the water completely. Repeat these steps of pouring fresh water, rubbing them and then draining off the water. Do this at least thrice.
3. Soak them in 3/4 cups water. Do not soak them in lot of water.
4. They absorb the entire amount of water and almost double in size.
5.You can press a few sabudana pearls and check if it is hard inside. If it is still hard, it has to soak for a little longer. Mine were done in 4 hours.
6.When they are soaked, drain them completely. More tips in the recipe card notes.
7. Meanwhile heat 1 tsp oil and fry 2 tbsp peanuts for garnish + 2 tbsps to powder (optional). Roast them until golden. Cool them completely. If you prefer to use crushed peanuts, then pulse half of them in a blender.
How to make sabudana khichdi
8. Heat oil or ghee in the same pan. Add cumin and allow to crackle. Add curry leaves, ginger (optional) and green chilies. Saute for 1 to 2 minutes.
9. Add boiled potatoes and saute for 2 minutes. Then sprinkle salt.
10. Lower the flame and add drained sabudana, crushed peanuts (optional), sendha namak (rock salt) and coconut (optional). OR You can also mix all of these separately in a bowl and add it here.
11. Mix everything well and saute for about 2 to 3 minutes on a high flame. By then the sago turns transparent.
Remove the pan from the stove. Add some coriander leaves and lemon juice. Also add the peanuts. Gently stir with a fork or spoon to coat the lemon juice all over the sabudana khichdi.
Serve it warm with a bowl of yogurt.