Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Sabudana Khichdi ( Sago Pearls Khichdi)

This simple and delightful dish comes from Maharashtra, a state in the western region of India. This is traditionally served for breakfast or as a light snack but can also be served as a light dinner. This is one of my favorite dishes and it never fails to amaze me that such simple flavors can come together to form such a tasty final product. 

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This khichdi also evokes some good memories for me. I remember when my mother used to make this I used to "assist" her in peeling the skin off the peanuts and used to consume quite a few of the peanuts along the way and " borrowing" a few soaked sago pearls to play with as my mother was getting this dish ready.

Sago and Tapioca are kind of similar, and one is often mistaken for the other. But there are differences, to find out more about sago  check here  and about tapioca  here

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Ingredients and Method to make Sabudana Khichdi

1 1/4 cups of Sago pearls (Sabudana/ Javarsi)
1/2 cup raw peanuts/ or 1/2 cup unsalted roasted peanuts (Mungphali/ Shingdana/Kadalai)
1 large potato or 2 small ones peeled and cut into small pieces (Aloo/Urlakizhangu)
3/4 tsp cumin seeds (jeera/jeeragam)
3 green chillies (cut very finely) (or to taste)
3 tsp oil
salt to taste
half a handful of cilantro (coriander leaves) washed and cut fine for garnish

Soaking time for the sabudana/ sago is about 5 hours.

First wash the sago in water and drain completely leaving about 4 to 5 tbsp of water in it. Every hour or so, add a few more tablespoons of water to the sago (about 4 tbsp each time) and mix the sago well.Do not add too much water to the sago as it will become mushy when cooked and will become a sticky mess. When the sago is about double the original size and soft it is ready to cook.

If you are using raw peanuts dry roast  peanuts until the peanuts are evenly roasted and keep aside. If you choose you may skin the peanuts when cool and grind to a powder in a spice grinder. Do not grind too long, use short bursts of power otherwise the nut butters can cause clumping.You may grind the peanuts to a fine powder or keep it coarse according to your choice.

Heat oil in a large heavy bottomed pan and add cumin seeds to it, when the cumin seeds splutter add green chillies to it.  When the green chillies start turning whitish add potatoes and saute  for a little while until the potatoes are cooked.

Add the sago to this, saute for a minute or so, add the ground peanut powder and salt to taste and saute until the sago seems a little softer and transparent (about a couple of minutes). Do not keep the pan closed with a lid at this stage as the sago will become mushy. 

Garnish with cilantro and serve hot.

This dish tastes best when served hot and fresh on the day it is made. In case you refrigerate it heat it in a microwave before serving.

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42 comments :

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

hey Sago kichdi looks very pretty.. i would love to try this one.

DEESHA said...

sabudana khichdi is my absolute favourite .. looks delicious

Curry Leaf said...

Looks delicious,bookmarked.

anudivya said...

The extent of sago usage in my home stops at payasam making... I should broaden my sago expertise! nice Usha!
How was your Deepavali?

Uma said...

Delcious kichdi served in a beautiful bowl!

Vidhya said...

Adding little by little water makes the difference I believe. When last time i tried this I just soaked it in a whole cup of water and as you said, it came out like a paste. Now I know the trick. Thanks Usha for sharing this recipe

Divya Vikram said...

My sis in law makes this often..Havent tried this at home..Thanks for the recipe.

Cham said...

I learn this recipe with Marathi friend . I came out perfect!

Adlak's tiny world said...

Sabudhana kichdi u made in dffnt method., my hubby's favrt dish this is. looks yumm....

Jaishree said...

sabudana khichdi is my daughter's favourite .. looks delicious Usha.

VG said...

Usha, I have learnt so much about Indian food by visiting your blog. Thank you dear.I never knew such food existed. Looks great.

I definitely have to visit India soon and try all the yummy food. And I call myself an Indian! I feel like a fraud.

Sia said...

my fav kichidi :)

Laavanya said...

I love this.. i make the MW version nowadays and get good results (no gooey mess) in a short time... :)

Sireesha said...

Its my favorite one makes it quite oftenly....Looks gorgeous...

Sagari said...

Sago kichidi is my favv usha,looks soooooo yummmyy

mitr_bayarea said...

Lovely sabudana kichadi..have to find out where the sabudana is located in my Indian store first.

raaji said...

Vow......sabudhana kichdi......has to give it a try.....

Bharti said...

I don't think I've ever eaten this. Hopefully I'll try it out soon- it looks and sounds delicious.

karuna said...

my husband loves sabudana kichadi. my MIL taught me how to make it. tastes yummy. this looks good.

Sella said...

I am going to try the Kichidi. It looks and sounds delicious.

Gita's Kitchen said...

I have never used sago in savory dishes. This dish looks so delicious. I must try this one :)

Andhra Flavors said...

lovely sabudana kichidi.

Purnima said...

Usha, the sabudana has come perfectly! Thks for sharing ur recipe..glad that u left a comment at mine, bringing me to explore the yum world here! Hv a great weekend!

Purva Desai said...

Sago khichdi has always been my fav khichdi......
Urs looks inviting

VG said...

Me again. Please collect your award from my blog.

sowmya said...

my hubby's favo..I love it too..looks yumm

Alexa said...

This is an unusual dish for me. I look forward to trying it. Thanks for the recipe!

Sukanya said...

Looks yummy....Have an award for you waiting in my blog.

PJ said...

Hi!Just posted the same kitchidi in my blog today!!Got an award for u @ http://seduceyourtastebuds.blogspot.com/2008/11/my-second-award-and-few-words.html

veena said...

Hi Usha ...
Even me too first time to ur lovely blog ..Ur blog simply great yaar ...Me just a beginner ....Keep in touch and do keep on posting nice recipes ...
love
veena

Kat said...

yum. Never heard of this, will definitely try, I hope I'll be able to find sago.

Usha said...

Mahimaa, Deesha and Curry leaf, Thanks :-)

Yes Divya you should,especially since you like peanuts you will like the taste of this one I think...

Thanks Uma :-)

Usha said...

Vidhya, Divya and Cham, Thanks :-)


Adlaks and Jaishree thanks for visiting ....

Usha said...

Thanks so much for your sweet comments VG...

Usha said...

Thanks Sia :-)



Laavanya, I would love to see how you make this using the microwave...can I look forward to a blog post on this topic ?


Thanks Sireesha and Sagari :-)

Usha said...

Hey Mitr hope you find the sabudana in your local store...


Raaji, Bharati and Karuna , Thanks


Hey Sella do try it and let me know if you enjoyed it as much as I always do ...

Usha said...

Gita, AF,Purnima and Purva thanks for dropping by hope you see you all here frequently...


VG thank you so much for the award...


Thanks Sowmya :-)

Usha said...

Thanks for dropping by Alexa, do let me know if you try it...


Thanks for the award Sukanya :-)

Usha said...

Thanks for visiting and for your award PJ...


Thank you for your kind words Veena, hope to see you here again:)

Usha said...

Thanks for visiting Kat hope to see you here more often,do let me know if you try this...

n33ma said...

What a pretty bowl!!!!vry nicely done.I hardly use sabo....should give this a try.

UjjU said...

oooh look at those lil pearls! Your Khichdi has turned out so well :) Must've tasted yummy.

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