Sago (Sabudana) Khichdiby Leena Kohli (@leenakohli)
Looking for a good source of dietary fiber? This recipe is for you. Made with sago pearls (sabudana), peanuts, and vegetables, this khichdi is gluten-free, vegan and super-easy to make! The sago pearls in this dish are made from tapioca root and is traditionally served during Hindu fasting days like Navratri in India. Sago (Sabudana) also provides a plethora of benefits to pregnant women. It's a great substitute for wheat and contains a range of essential vitamins and minerals including iron, magnesium, calcium and Vitamin B.
- 2cupSago Pearls/Sabudana
- 1Onion (medium)
- 1cupCarrots (chopped)
- 1cupPotatoes (chopped)
- 2Green Chillies
- 1/2cupRaw Peanuts
- 1/2tspBlack Pepper Powder
- 1tbspLemon Juice
- 1tspCumin Seeds
- 10Curry Leaves
- 1Dry Red Chilli (broken)
Put sago (sabudana) pearls in a big and wide bowl. Pour a glass of water and rinse the pearls with your hands, and drain the water. Repeat this step 3-4 times to remove excess starch.
Soak the sago pearls in 3 cups of water for 5-6 hours or can keep it overnight.
Once soaked, pour the sago (sabudana) pearls on a sieve and completely drain the excess water.
For the Khichdi
Chop the vegetables and keep aside.
Dry roast raw peanuts for 2 minutes on medium to high flame in a non-stick pan and keep them aside for later use.
In the same pan. heat oil on medium heat. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter. Add broken dry red chilli and curry leaves. Stir for a few seconds.
Add the chopped onions and green chillies. Stir for 2-3 minutes till the onions are translucent or a little pinkish in colour.
Add the chopped potatoes and salt. Stir for 1 minute. Sprinkle a little water, cover and cook for 4-5 minutes or till the potatoes are tender. You can also boil potatoes in advance. If using boiled potatoes, cut them in small cubes and add them to the pan with salt and stir for 2 minutes on high flame.
Mix in the carrot and peas, and season with black pepper. Cover the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes.
Add the roasted peanuts and stir for a minute.
Lower the flame, and add the soaked sago (sabudana) pearls in the pan and mix nicely.
Turn the flame to high. Stir continuously for 3-4 minutes or until sago (sabudana) pearls become transparent.
Turn off the flame. Add lemon juice and mix gently.
Serve hot with tamarind or coriander chutney.
Tips & Tricks
You can use boiled potatoes instead of raw potatoes.
Rinsing the sago (sabudana) pearls is an important step to get rid of excess starch. If not rinsed well, the pearls can clump together.
Cooking the sago (sabudana) pearls for longer makes the khichdi clumpy. Sago (sabudana) pearls only need to be cooked for 3-4 minutes. Once they turn transparent, it means they are cooked.
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