Shital's-Kitchen: Sabudana Khichdi/ Sago Pearls

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sabudana Khichdi/ Sago Pearls

Today it is Ekadashi, a Hindu fast (11th day of lunar month). During this day some people refrain from eating grains and pulses and eat just fruits and drink milk. Whereas, some people refrain from grains like wheat, rice, etc. but, can eat potatoes, buckwheat, samu, sabudana (sago pearls). 

Sabudana are pearl like starch balls also called Sago pearls and are available not only in Indian grocery store but also at Whole Food Market or Sprout Market. When soaked in water they puff up to form soft, fluffy pearls.

My husband loves sabudana khichdi and wada, which motivates him to fast for a day! I made this for breakfast today and would share this recipe for you. It is really easy to make, only important trick is to soak sabudana to perfection.

1 cup of dry sabudana (sago pearls) will yield 2 cups of soft, fluffy ones.
In a container take 1 cup of sabudana.

Soak them with 1 cup of water for at least 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
If you want to make this for breakfast, it is okay to soak them overnight.

Lightly fluff them with your fingers or a fork. They are delicate and soft!
Set them aside.

Chop 2 medium potatoes into 1 cubic cm size :) Wash and keep aside.

For tempering: Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a pan. Add 1 tsp. cumin seeds/jeera.

Add chopped green chillies and fry them for a minute. Add chopped potatoes and a pinch of salt. Mix well. Cover and cook potatoes for 5-7 minutes.

Meanwhile, dry roast peanuts. cool, removed the skin and coarsely grind them in a mixer grinder or chopper.

When potatoes are cooked well, but not over cooked.

Add fluffed sabudana, 3-4 tbsp. peanut powder, 1 tbsp sugar, lime juice and salt to taste.

Lightly mix them well. Cook on medium heat till sabudana turns translucent.

Add chopped cilantro/ coriander leaves. mix well.

Add some more chopped cilantro and serve hot with chilled plain yogurt and green cilantro chutney.

Happy Fasting! ;)

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