'Sago Khichdi' or 'Sabudana Khichdi' is a pilaf made with Tapioca pearls .If you have not heard of Sago, Sabudana or Tapioca pearls , they are extracted from Tapioca roots and processed to form small pearls by passing through sieve under pressure and then dried. Sago Pearls are rich in starch and naturally gluten free .The health benefits of including sago pearls are numerous .They help with easy digestion, reduces blood pressure, cools your system, provides you with a better nervous system, and sudden boost of energy. It is a popular item during fasting as it keeps the energy levels high and keeps you full.
If you are wondering if Sago and Sabudana /Tapioca pearls are the same ,read on. Sago is made from the pith of an array of tropical palm trees whereas Sabudana is made from Tapioca that is starch from cassava. They both are similar in the way they look opaque like white pearls and turn transparent on boiling in water. You can use them interchangeably in sago recipes.
How to make Sago Khichdi (Tapioca Pearls Pilaf)?
Sago Khichdi is a favorite dish of many folks and quite easy to make as well. One of the main hurdles in this recipe is to get the right consistency of the cooked sago pearls, all separated without sticking to each other. It is quite common for first-timers to end up with a sticky mass if they do not follow the cooking instructions properly. Once you learn the tricks, it is in fact very straight forward to make.
First thing is to get good quality Sago from the store .It's better not use something that has been lying around in your pantry for a long time . Sometimes the old products that sit out tend to have lots of starch and can get sticky on cooking. Soak the sago pearls after thoroughly washing in just about enough water for about 4 hours .Later drain into a colander. After the soaking, squeezing a pearl between your fingers, should mush easily and should be soft .
Dry roast the peanuts , cool , de-skin, grind and powder them. Mix the powdered peanuts with the sago pearls that are completely drained. In a pan heat up oil , add cumin seeds, peanuts, green chilies, potatoes , curry leaves , lime juice, sugar and salt .Add the sago with powdered peanuts mixed and cook on low flame .Cook covered and keep stirring from time to time till they turn translucent .Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Sago Khichdi or Sabudana khichdi , a pilaf made with Sago Pearls along with roasted peanuts, potatoes that tastes out of the world.
- 2 cups Sago (Tapioca Pearls) soaked for about 4 hours
- 1 large Potato chopped into small pieces
- 3-4 Green Chilies finely chopped
- 1 cup Peanuts roasted, de-skinned and powdered
- 2 tbsp Peanuts regular with skin on
- 1 tsp Cumin seeds
- 1 tsp Sugar optional
- 1 tsp Salt (or to taste)
- 1 cup Chopped coriander leaves
- 1 stalk Curry leaves
- 1 tbsp Lime Juice
Wash and soak the Sago for about four hours in just about enough water.
After soaking is done ,drain it completely into a colander .Ensure the pearls can be compressed between your fingers easily.
Dry roast the peanuts, de-skin and powder it in a mixer.
Mix the powdered peanuts and Sago and keep aside.
In a cooking pan heat some oil.
Add cumin seeds, peanuts, green chilies and sautee well.
Add potatoes and fry them well so they are half-cooked .Alternately you can cook it in the microwave and add it to save time.
Add the sago with powdered peanuts and mix well.
Add Sugar (if using) and Salt .
Close the pan with a lid and cook on low flame .Keep stirring now and then to ensure the Sago pearls don't stick to each other .
When they turn transparent they are cooked through. It may take about 15 to 20 minutes.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and curry leaves.
Hope you enjoyed reading about this recipe and will give it a try. Have a wonderful day!