Sabudana Khichdi

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Sabudana Khichdi is a marvel of taste and texture. This dish of perfectly chewy tapioca pearls and crispy-creamy potatoes is punched up with crunchy roasted peanuts and the perfect balance of tangy, sweet, and spicy elements. Fasting or not, this is a fantastic dish to master, and with my tips, you’ll never have to worry about sticky khichdi again!

Sabudana khichdi in white bowl with lemon wedge and yogurt
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What is Sabudna Khichdi

In India, Sabudana Khichdi is easily one of the most popular fasting recipes, especially during Navratri. As a fasting meal, my mom usually skips the curry leaves and cilantro, which add signature flavor and extra nutrition when included for non-fasting meals. Sabudana Khichdi is also a super satisfying one-pot family meal that you can serve anytime. Many of my friends also add veggies like diced carrots and peas, so if you want to up the veggies in this dish, go for it!

sabudana khichdi in non stick pan

What is Sabudana

Sabudana also known as sago or tapioca pearls is often used in India to cook foods that are approved for fasting (“Upwas” in Marathi / “Vrat” in Hindi). Growing up we always had sabudana khichdi or sabudana vada for festivals like Navratri, Mahashivratri, and Ashadhi Ekadashi. When cooked properly (*see my tried and true tips below) sabudana has a wonderfully soft and chewy texture that makes for filling and satisfying dishes.

Ingredient Spotlight

Sabudana is a common ingredient in many fasting foods as a grain-free alternative with a uniquely pleasing texture. Sabudana makes fasting meals (Vrat ka khana in Hindi) filling and satisfying! It’s also naturally gluten-free and a quick, readily available source of energy. The resistant starch prevents glucose spikes that affect blood sugar and helps with digestion. 

Curry Leaves have a characteristic flavor and many health benefits. Though difficult to define, the actual taste can be compared to citrus, anise, or lemongrass, and once cooked, curry leaves impart a sharp bite and a nutty aroma. They are included in the tempering for so many wonderful Indian dishes. Unlike bay leaves, you do not need to pick out the curry leaves from your food. Chopping up the leaves for cooking helps someone like me, who grew up picking them out, to get used to eating them. 

ingredients for sabudana khichdi

How to make sabudana khichdi

  • Heat ghee in a nonstick pan. Add cumin seeds and allow them to sizzle. Lower the heat and add curry leaves, green chilies, potatoes, and half of the salt. Mix well and cook covered for 3 to 4 mins (photos 1 – 4)
photos one through four showing how to cook sabudana khichdi
  • Add soaked sabudana, ground peanuts, and remaining salt, mix well, and cook covered for 5 minutes. (photos 5 – 8)
photos five through eight showing how to cook sabudana khichdi
  • Add sugar, lemon juice, and cilantro. Mix well
photos nine and ten showing sabudana khichdi garnished with cilantro

How to serve

Serve with plain yogurt and lemon pickle. I often pair it with a glass of Mango Lassi!

Storing Sabudana Khichdi

Sabudana khichdi is best served hot. Any leftovers can be refrigerated for 2 to 3 days. To reheat simply microwave in 30-second intervals. You can also reheat it in a stovetop pan. The khichdi may feel dry after reheating, sprinkle some water on top of it and keep covered for a few minutes.

Tips for soft, non-sticky Sabudana Khichdi

  1. Use good quality sabudana, I recommend using the Swad brand
  2. Soak Sabudana for at least 4 to 6 hours or overnight. There should be no excess water after it is fully soaked
  3. Test the sabudana is soaked well by pressing a couple of pearls between your fingers. They should be soft and should be easy to press down
  4. Cut the potatoes into small thin pieces so they will cook fast and even 
  5. Dry roast the peanuts. Allow them to completely cool down and then pulse in a grinder a few times to make a coarse powder. Adding ground peanuts with sabudana will absorb any excess moisture making the khichdi non-sticky

Variations

  • When made as a fasting meal my mom skips curry leaves and cilantro. I love adding curry leaves and cilantro for the taste and nutrition. I have also seen friends adding veggies like diced carrots and peas
  • This vegetarian recipe is gluten-free, if you are vegan, substitute ghee with neutral cooking oil
  • Substitute minced green chilies with red chili powder

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Sabudana Khichdi

Soft and perfectly chewy tapioca pearls cooked with crispy-creamy potatoes, crunchy roasted peanuts and the spiced with green chilies and cumin seeds

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time20 mins

Soaking Time6 hrs

Total Time6 hrs 30 mins

Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch

Cuisine: Indian

Servings: 4

Calories: 336kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Rinse and soak sabudana for 4 to 6 hours

  • Heat ghee in a nonstick pan. Add cumin seeds and allow them to sizzle

  • Lower the heat and add curry leaves, green chilies, potatoes, and half of the salt. Mix well and cook covered for 3 to 4 minutes

  • Add soaked sabudana, peanuts and remaining salt, mix well and cook covered for 5 minutes or until the sabudana is cooked soft and most pearls will have turned translucent.

  • Add sugar, lemon juice, and cilantro. Mix well and enjoy with plain yogurt

Notes

  • Use good quality sabudana, I recommend using the Swad brand
  • Soak Sabudana for at least 4 to 6 hours or overnight. There should be no excess water after it is fully soaked
  • Test the sabudana is soaked well by pressing a couple of pearls between your fingers. They should be soft and should be easy to press down
  • Cut the potatoes into small thin pieces so they will cook fast and even 
  • Dry roast the peanuts. Allow them to completely cool down and then pulse in a grinder a few times to make a coarse powder. Adding ground peanuts with sabudana will absorb any excess moisture making the khichdi non-sticky
Variations
  • You can add veggies like diced carrots and peas along with potatoes 
  • This vegetarian recipe is gluten-free, if you are vegan, substitute ghee with neutral cooking oil
  • Minced green chilies can be substituted with red chili powder

Nutrition

Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 954mg | Potassium: 341mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 183IU | Vitamin C: 65mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg

Author: Archana

Hey there! I am a techie turned recipe developer, cooking instructor, and food blogger. I love food and enjoy developing easy and healthy recipes for busy lifestyles. I live in New Jersey with my husband and two sons.

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