Monday, April 11, 2011

Sabudana Khichdi

I tasted “Sabudana Khichdi’ for the first time at my aunt’s place almost a decade back. And this was the first time I was introduced to this divine dish! I instantly learnt how to make it. It was easier ‘cos I watched her through the entire process (didn’t take long) It’s a Maharashtrian breakfast which is very tasty and extremely filling. In fact, Maharashtrians have sabudana khichdi, milk and fruits on their days of fasting. (What an awesome way to fast! It’s got most of my favourite ingredients like potatoes, peanuts, and coconut) It’s a very tricky dish ‘cos if it comes out well, it tastes heavenly or it can get soggy and sticky (first timers be a little careful!) 

Preparation time: 20 minutes plus time to soak sabudana
Cooking time: 15minutes
Serves: 3-4

You need: 
2 cups sabudana
½ tsp sugar
salt to taste
3 potatoes (peeled and cubed)
½ cup peanuts
few coriander leaves
1 tbsp grated coconut
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
2 green chillies (chopped fine)
juice of half a lemon
2tsp ghee

Wash sabudana thoroughly (till all the fine powders are removed) Leave very little water in the bowl so that the sabudana can soak it up and become soft (do not leave excess water or the sabudana pearls will stick to each other) Leave it overnight (or for 8 hours) 

First thing in the morning, r
un to check your sabudana (am sure it’s looking perfect!) just give it a toss, add a little salt and sugar

Take a pan and roast half a cup of peanuts (the more the yummier!) When they turn dark brown, take it out from the fire and spread them on to a plate. Once cool, peel them (keep some aside for garnishing) coarsely grind the rest (just one rotation in the mixer’s fine or you’ll powder them) 

Simultaneously, put the potatoes in the microwave (of course in a microwave safe bowl) on high, for just 5 minutes 
Chop coriander; toss it along with the peanuts and grated coconut into the sabudana 

Take the same pan (in which you roasted peanuts) heat 2tbsp oil (keep the flame low) wait for the oil to heat up, then add the cumin (Warning:turn on your chimney, you’ll know why!) once the jeera starts changing colour throw in the green chilles and give it a stir. Now drain and add the partly cooked potatoes

Sprinkle a little salt on top of the potatoes 

Let it fry for a couple of minutes. Add this into the sabudana and give it a mix
Squeeze the juice of half a lemon and mix again 

Transfer into a microwave safe bowl and let it cook for 4 minutes. Pull it out and give it another mix (so it’s evenly cooked) and put it back into the microwave for another 4 minutes. (the sago would have turned translucent from white, which is when you know it's done) 
Let it remain in the microwave for 2minutes 

Take it out, pour the ghee on top and decorate it with a couple of lemon wedges, roasted peanuts and a few coriander leaves 

Serve steaming hot sabudana khichdi for a delicious day!!!


  • ALWAYS, savour steaming sabudana khichdi ‘cos cold sabudana tastes horrible (don’t even try it!) 
  • NEVER cover the bowl during the cooking process since you might end up with a rubbery khichdi 
  • DO NOT add or sprinkle water in this dish at any time 
  • GO ON and blindly follow this recipe to make sumptuous sabudana khichdi 
Yours tastefully!!

Sending this to Srivalli's Breakfast Mela.


  1. Thanks Binitha, I learnt this dish the hard way... One tip I can add to this for first timers which i follow religiously even now. Wash and soak the Sabudhana with sufficient water for exactly 40 minutes. Drain all the water. Cover a lid and leave it overnight. the sabudhana will look like pearls in the morning. enjoy!! - Reena

  2. thanks so much Reena... It was quite tough for me too...but the microwave has made things easier:)

  3. wow, just cant wait to cook this simple yet mouthwatering dish. will try and post the experience of trying it for the first time.

  4. This is one of my fav dishes, Bini!! Have always chickened away from making it... you've motivated me now! LOL

  5. Thanks Nandita!I tried and failed many times...but now i'm happy.I've kind of perfected it!..try it and post your feedback too...

  6. thank you Vyankatesh. Did you try it??

  7. please post the receipe for onion and bread pakoras. I have found the correct crispness and taste in ur method of making it.

  8. I'll try and do that soon Smitha! thank you for the encouragement.

  9. Looks very inviting!..thanks for the entry..