sabudana khichdi recipe with step by step photos and video – sabudana khichdi is usually made during fasting days like navratri or mahashivratri or ekadashi. sabudana khichdi is an easy snack and is a good recipe to be made during fasting days but it requires little experience to get the perfect texture in the sabudana pearls.

when you make the sabudana khichdi, you have to adjust the soaking time as per the type of tapioca pearls. for some pearls 2 to 3 hours is fine. for some you don’t even need to soak them in water. just cover the pearls with water for some time and you are done. so do soak the sabudana pearls accordingly.

few more sabudana recipes which you can make for fasting are:

in this step by step version of sabudana khichdi, i am showing the overnight soaking method. however, please feel free to adapt the soaking time as per the quality of tapioca pearls you have.

this is a maharashtrian style of making sabudana khichdi. a snack which i have grown up having umpteen times. the khichdi is loaded with carbohydrates and the proteins coming only from peanuts.

i have shared another version of maharashtrian sabudana khichdi recipe which is very spicy and made in southern part of maharashtra, where they have really spicy food.

sabudana khichdi recipe below:

sabudana khichdi recipe
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sabudana khichdi recipe | sago khichdi recipe

sabudana khichdi recipe - a delicious dish of tapioca pearls cooked with potatoes and peanuts. vegan & gluten free recipe.

course snacks
cuisine indian
prep time 8 hours
cook time 30 minutes
total time 8 hours 30 minutes
servings 3 to 4
calories per serving 539 kcal
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 1 cup sabudana (or tapioca pearls)
  • 2 small to medium size potatoes (aloo)
  • ½ cup roasted peanuts (bhuni moongphali)
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves (kadi patta) - optional
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger (adrak) - optional
  • 1 green chili - chopped (hari mirch)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin (jeera)
  • ¼ cup grated fresh coconut (optional)
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon sugar or as required
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon lemon juice or as required (optional)
  • 3 tablespoon peanut oil or ghee
  • rock salt (sendha namak) as required

how to make recipe?

preparation for sabudana khichdi recipe:

  1. soak sabudana overnight or for 3-5 hours.
  2. next day drain the sabudana very well and keep aside in a bowl.
  3. boil the potatoes and when warm peel and chop them.
  4. in a pan dry roast the peanuts till browned and when cooled make a coarse powder in a mortar-pestle or in a dry grinder.
  5. mix the coarsely powdered peanuts, salt and sugar with the drained sabudana.

making sabudana khichdi recipe:

  1. now heat peanut oil or ghee. fry the cumin first till they crackle and get browned.

  2. now add the curry leaves and green chilies. fry for half a minute and then add the grated ginger.
  3. stir till the raw smell of the ginger goes away. now add potato and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  4. add the sabudana. keep on stirring the mixture.
  5. when the sabudana looses their opaqueness and starts becoming translucent they are cooked.
  6. don't over cook as they might become lumpy and hard.
  7. lastly add grated coconut. mix well. close the fire.
  8. while serving garnish sago khichdi with coriander leaves and drizzle with some lemon juice.

  9. serve sabudana khichdi hot.

recipe video


how to make sabudana khichdi recipe:

1: pick and rinse 1 cup sabudana or tapioca pearls a couple of times in water. soak the sabudana in water. in the below pic, the sabudana are soaked and drained. to check if the sabudana have become soft or not, you should be easily able to press the sabudana and it would get mashed up easily. drain the pearls well. depending on the quality of pearls you can soak them overnight or for some hours. i always soak them overnight since even after soaking them for 2 to 3 hours, they don’t soften.

soak sabudana

2: roast ½ cup peanuts/moongphali in a microwave or in a pan till they become crisp. keep aside to cool. you can remove the peanut skins if you want.

roast peanuts for sabudana khichdi

3: coarsely powder the peanuts in a mortar-pestle.

powdered peanuts for sabudana khichdi

5: mix the coarsely powdered roasted peanuts, salt and (½ to 1 tsp) sugar with the drained sabudana pearls.

mix sabudana pearls salt sugar

6: heat 3 tbsp peanut oil or ghee and crackle 1 tsp cumin.when they are browned add 1 chopped green chilli. fry for half a minute on medium flame.

heat oil for making sabudana khichdi

7: add the chopped boiled potatoes (2 small to medium size potatoes) and saute for a minute or two.

add boiled potatoes for making sabudana khichdi

8: add the sabudana and saute till the pearls become translucent on a slow flame stirring continuously.

add sabudana for making sabudana khichdi

9: garnish the sabudana khichdi with some coriander leaves, drizzle with ½ to 1 tsp lemon juice and serve the sabudana khichdi hot. you can also add garnish with grated coconut.

sabudana khichdi recipe

few tips for making good sabudana khichdi recipe:

(one of my dear reader, kshema has shared these tips with us)

1. Wash the sabudana pearls in a colander under running water until you feel that all starch is rinsed and washed off.
2. Transfer the washed and drained sabudana to a casserole and sprinkle with little water, just enough to ensure that they are damp.
3. Cover the casserole tight and leave them overnight.
4. In the morning while you prepare for seasoning etc., check on the soaked sabudana and if required you can sprinkle little more water and leave for 30 mins more.
5. Have the peanuts roasted and ground to granules well before. Just before you start cooking, mix the peanut granules and salt with sabudana and rub the pearls well with the mixture.
6. Leave it for about 5 mins. and then add it to the seasoning you have prepared.

another variation to make sabudana khichdi:

(one of our reader, minal has shared this method)

1. I cook the sabudana khichdi in frying pan. it kinds of helps in keeping the tapioca pearls dry and separated. besides having to use very little oil. I have not mentioned the soaking procedure and quantities below as i felt you can use yours.

2. In a pan heat oil, add jeera and curry leaves and fry a little, then add potatoes cut into small cubes and fry on sim till the potatoes cook. alternately you can cover with the lid to speed up the cooking.

3. in the meantime mix together, soaked and drained sabudana (like the recipe mentioned above), crushed peanuts, chopped cilantro, salt, little black pepper powder, red mirchi, chopped green chillies and mix this mixture with hand. keep aside.

4. check if potatoes are cooked and once done add this mixture to the potatoes and mix well.

5. check for salt and drizzle very little water on the mixture and cover and cook on slow fire for 2 mins. open, mix well and enjoy sabudana khichdi with roasted papad.




134 thoughts on “sabudana khichdi recipe, how to make sabudana khichdi for fasting vrat”

  1. Dear Dassana Ji, sorry to write so often on your website …. It is a bitterly cold winter ( -6 oC) and my daughter is visiting – and she eats only sabudana usli… so I had to make sabudana khitchdi, for the third time, this week. I followed all your instructions, … plus a sprinkle of hing (!), a teaspoon of Urad dal in the phodni, a quarter teaspoon of ground jeera ( – extra, to the jeera in the phodni – ) , a heaped tsp. of chilli powder, a generous sprinkle of MSG – mono sodium glutamate … and a teaspoon of dried curry leaf powder. I was out of fresh curry leaf – they are very expensive in the US, about $42 per pound at Whole Foods – so I decided to use the indian dried curry leaf powder …. it is not as good, but will do, in an emergency. The khitchdi was wonderful – according to my daughter. I have issued stern orders to her – 1) Learn how to cook indian food, and 2) get married ( she is 33 ! ) . She probably won’t do either …. she never listens to me …
    Best wishes to you, your staff and all your readers. Belated Happy New Year.

    1. no problem vidwan ji. you can always write. your comments have a lovely humor in them. loved the variations you made in the sabudana khichdi like red chili powder, curry leaves powder. i am not a fan of msg, so i do not add it in any food that i make, but yes i do know folks who swear by it as it perks up the flavors in the food. i was not aware curry leaves is so expensive in US. of course substituting curry leaves powder is a good idea.

      best wishes to you and your daughter as well. hope whatever you want in relation to your daughter comes true 🙂

  2. Hi Dassana, I am a South Indian and believe me my gujju friend was proud of this kichidi. Thank you sooo much 🙂 your blog is kinda the go to place for me when I think of cooking something outside the world. You have never failed me.

    Loads of love and admiration from London

  3. Dear Dasana Ji, I made your ‘special’ sabudana, again. I soaked the sabudana pearls, ( 2 mm) with 1 /4 th inch water, left on top, for 8 hours, and they were perfect – soft and giving, to the touch, moist but dry, and did not stick to my fingers ! 😉
    My wife has issued strict orders … no more than one small cup of anything ! ( I cook too much, and since there are only two of us, we have to throw the excess, out … which is bad and wasteful ;-( ….. So, I made up for that, by adding 100% of aloo. 😉
    The sabudana khitchdi was perfect ! I came to your website, by habit, and since I know the instructions, by heart, I only read the headlines … 😉 ….. that was enough to boost my confidence. I added a teaspoon of wet coconut cream …. and two sprinkles of Hing, which I now notice, is not even there, in your ingredients 😉 …. anyway, no harm done, since I can’t taste the Hing, in the prepared dish. lol.
    Best Season’s wishes to you and your ‘staff’ ( hubby ? ) … and to all the readers.

    1. thats a lovely as well as humorous comment. potatoes can always be added more. more the better. glad that the sabudana khichdi worked for you. coconut cream is good and so is hing. some folks do add hing if not making sabudana khichdi for fasting.

      best season’s wishes to you and your wife. thanks a lot.

  4. Hi!!I soaked sabudana overnight and followed the recipe.But khichdi turned out to too sticky and gooey..where did I go wrong and how can I correct it..Me and my husband are very fond of sabudana khichdi but can’t cook it right!!Help..

    1. shiba, after soaking using a strainer or colander drain all the water from the sabudana very well. there should not be any water left in the sabudana. also you can try soaking for less time. if the sabudana pearls become soft after soaking for 2 to 3 hours, then overnight soaking is not required.

  5. Hello Dassana mam,
    I am a great fan of your recipes. They are just awesome. And the step by step pictures also help me a a lot.
    Thank you so much for posting these wonderful and easy to make recipes. Keep posting. All the best!!!!!

  6. Ur recipes r awesome but when i tried 2 make sabudana khichdi it was very sticky n lumpsy. I took barik wala sabudana 4 making khichdi.pls help me by guiding me hw 2 select sabudana 4 khichdi

    1. if you use small sabudana, the you have to use less water for soaking and also drain it very well. after draining them, they should remain separate. looks like there was too much of water in the sabudana and thats why the khichdi became sticky and lumpy. use sabudana which is bigger than this sabudana. basically you get three types of sabudana. one is small, the other is medium which i have used and the third is a large one which is used for making sabudana chiwda.

  7. Wonderful recipe.
    By mistake we bought moti sabudana. Is it same as the normal. I made normal one innumerable times.. but saw this moti sabudana for first time. Please advice.
    Thanksbin advance 🙂

  8. Superb recipe, i just added Two table spoons of curds after draining out the water. It tasted very nice. 5 star

  9. Made it for the first time as my husband likes it! Turned out to be delicious… Thanks for this amazing recipe!

  10. I tried this recipe today.. Added onion also along with other ingredients.. It was awesome!!!! Thank you 🙂

  11. Greetings, I tried your wonderful recipe and I enjoyed the reading of it…. and the delectable photographs. The khichadi, itself, did not turn out so good, and it is 100% my fault. The sabudana, I get here, in the US, requires soaking for atleast 8 hours, and I soaked it for only 4 hours. So the grains were somewhat wet and humid and eventually, during cooking, turned out sticky and agglomerated. But the khichadi itself, tasted delicious. I omitted the ginger, since I have never used the spice in this recipe before.
    in the NE USA, we have had no snow, this season, and it is 46oF ( ~8oC), which is very warm. Since we hate snow, we are grateful for this climate ‘warming’. Best Seasons Greetings to you and all your readers. Thank you and continue the good work. Love.

    1. thanks. such things happen. we do make mistakes. even i do at times, especially in baking recipes. the stickiness could be that the there was lot of moisture in the sabudana. they need to be drained very well of the soaked water. thanks for your wishes and seasons greetings to you too.

  12. thanku Dasana, its my sixth fast today, I m fed up of eating aaloo and curd, now I m having saboona khichdi which is toooo good, also I made tikki yesterday as instructed by u, that was also too good… thanku so much for sharing such a nice recipes….

  13. Hi Dassana,

    This is the best blog EVER for veg recipes.
    Thanks for inspiring me to cook.
    Keep up the good work and all the best.

  14. Dear Dassana

    A quick reply for the soaking of Sabudana : wash the sago and for 1.5 cups of sabudana soak in 1/2 cup of water at night and in the morning sprinkle 3 tbsp. of water. Try and see. Sago will never get sticky.

    On 19th August I came across your site and the pictures, presentation is superb. I am very poor in cooking vegetarian food and this site is like a savior, no need to get tensed about making of food. Any vegetables can be bought from market and just to cook by opening your site. Awesome. Thank you very much.

    1. thank you much maria. also thanks for sharing the tip on soaking sabudana. usually i soak like the way i soak rice. because the quality of sabudana i get here is hard. if i soak in less water and keep overnight, then the sabudana remains hard and does not even softened the next day. but your suggestion will help the readers. thanks again.

  15. Hi ,mam today i try sabudana khichdi ..i soak sabudana for 4 hrs ..but i think i use more water for soaking ..the khicdi become sticky ..can u please tell the amount of water used for soaking one cup of sabudana ..or plz tell where i ws wrong ..

    1. hi rimple, you can just cover the sabudana with an inch of water on top. also remember to drain them very well. if they are not drained well, then they become sticky.

      1. Thnx alot mam..i m addicted of your blog ..such a wonderful idea of coking with images yummyyy ..today i made motichor laddo and its also very tasty ..thanks for sharing your experience ..tc

  16. Hi,
    Thank you for your wonderful blog and for sharing information in such detail. I find your recipes to be most reliable. Let me share a few tips about sabudana khichadi that I have learnt over time with trial and error.
    1. Wash sabudana thoroughly with water.
    2. Soak fully in water for 15 minutes. Remove water and keep covered overnight.
    3. Do not add more water in the morning.
    4. While cooking, keep on fire for least amount of time and keep stirring.
    5. If sabudana is soaked well, the cooking time can be minimized. This will prevent pearls from sticking to each other.
    6. pulls lots of coriander leaves.

  17. For the first time I am happy with the taste and texture of the sabudana khichdi i prepared.Your recipe is so detailed and clear to follow, that the output has to be awesome.
    Your blog is the one stop for all my cooking queries and recipes. Being a novice, following your recipes gives such a confidence to me in cooking.Earlier have also tried your pav bhaji recipe and it is a big thumbs up in my family 🙂

  18. Your blogs are my one stop destination for all recipes. Such a savior! This one is as amazing as the rest of them all. Thanks a ton.

  19. Hi,
    I want to make this for mugs sting days. Could you tell me if sea salt can be used instead of rock salt?
    Thanks
    Rina

  20. Is there any to know, beforehand, the time required for getting the pearls softened..like it needs just half an hour or overnight soaking etc., Thanks

  21. nice recipe mam.bt its dry.my mom used tomake it wet or gravy type.that is lot softer.bt thanksto help me out

  22. I love the flavor of this dish, but I have a problem. I soaked the tapioca pearls overnight and many of them disintegrated. I went ahead and made the dish anyway, just to see how it would turn out, and the answer is: a bit of a gelatinous mess. I’ll eat it anyway, but I think the rest of my family will turn up their noses. What did I do wrong? Should I try soaking for just a few hours next time?

    1. actually the soaking time depends on the quality of the pearls. i get really hard ones here and soaking them overnight, softens the. if i soak them for a few hours, they still remain hard. next time you can soak for just about 30 minutes. gently press one pearl and if it mashes easily, then they are soaked well.

      1. For the soaking, make the water level half inch above the pearls.

        I tried soaking about 30 minutes, it was not as soft as when we soak over night. May be it depends on the sabudana brand !!

  23. Prepared sabhudana kichidi today but it came out very sticky. Had soaked it overnight and drained in the morning is that the reason. Tks

    1. depending on the quality of sabudana , the soaking time may vary. also the soaked sabudana should be drained very well. there should be water in them. while cooking, just lightly saute. if you overcook, the grains may become sticky.

  24. I was looking for this recipe for a long time, you’ve explained it so well in details, I am gonna make sabudana khichdi with this recipe, I am sure it is going to come out well, I’ve earlier tried your poha recipe, it turned out excellent! ! Thank you! 🙂

  25. Nicely explained. I want you to explain the dish “Kaman Dokla” the same way as Sabudana Khichdi. (i.e step by step).
    Thanking you in advance

  26. Whatttt a khichdi…!!!
    How can u be so precised… i was trying different recipes for this since so many years… but today my day was awesome… sabudana khichdi was lovable.though i skipped ginger as my mother in law didnt allow.. u r just incredible… no place for confusions when dassana is here… keep going..!!… THANKYOUUU…

    1. thanks monika for this awesome feedback on sabudana khichdi recipe. honestly speaking, it took me lot of time and trials to perfect this recipe… making sabudana khichdi is little tricky for beginners. but with practice, one can make delicious khichdi and have it on fasting days.

  27. Hi dassana,
    Very nicely explained as always… just one querry.. is ginger allowed in fasts? I am a north indian… pls do let me know. Also can this be made without ginger…pls guide..thnx

  28. Hi Dassana,

    this is a wonderful recipe and my favourite too.
    my mom used to do this at maha shivaratri and vata savithri puja days…

  29. Hi, Dassana !

    I jst love this site !! keep it up ! The methods you mention here are so simple and hassle free. Yesterday I made sabudaana khichdi the way you mentiond and it turned out to be so delicious that it got famous in my office and evreryone appriciated a lot ! All thank to you !! 🙂 All the best !!

  30. I find sabudana khichdi so versatile. I can have it for lunch or dinner or I can snack on it or enjoy it for breakfast! Your khichdi looks perfect to the T.

  31. Hi! Dassana,
    I was not able to make a sabudana khichdi… but ur recipe help me to make it. My mom loved it. Thanks a lot

  32. I’ve been looking for a substitute for rice and I never even considered tapioca pearls. What a wonderful and interesting idea! I hope I can find the pearls to make your recipes

  33. Hey Dassana , yuou have mentioned to roast the peanuts in a microwave. I have never tried that, always roast them in a pan. For how long do you have to keep them in a microwave for proper roasting?

    Thanks 🙂
    Nupur

  34. nicely explained step by step.
    I can see it is right way to do. I am inspired to make it and eat.
    thx.

  35. Dear Dassana, just love your website and has been very useful to me….thanks a lot for the efforts…..as for the sabudana khichdi….i used to have a same problem where the khichdi used to turn soggy until i learnt is recipe from my aunt….. .first of all i cook the khichdi in fry pan…..it kinds of helps in keeping the pearls dry and seperated..besides having to use very little oil…. I have not mentioned the soaking procedure and quantites below as i fell you can use yours In a pan heat oil, add jeera and curry leaves and fry a little, then add potatoes cut into small cubes and fry on sim till the potatoes cook…alternately you can cover wih the lid to speed up the cooking….in the meantime mix together soaked and drained sabudana (like your recipe suggests above), crushed peanuts, chopped cilantro, salt, little black pepper powder, lal mirchi, chopped green chillies and mix this mixture with hand….keep aside….check if potatoes are cooked and once done add this mixture to the potatoes and mix well….check for salt and drizzle very little water on the mixture and cover and cook on slow fire for 2 mins….open, mix well and enjoy with roasted papad…
    I hope this method helps in solving the problem of khichdi turning soggy

    1. thanks a lot minal for the detailed method. i shall try making the khichdi this way. i found kshema’s method also very helpful.

  36. Dear Dassana,

    I love your simple recipes. They turn out very well 🙂

    I also used to face the same problem as yours with the sabudana. Then one of my neighbours in Pune showed me how to get separate sabudana pearls.

    1. Wash the sabudana pearls in a colander under running water until you feel that all starch is rinsed and washed off.
    2. Transfer the washed and drained sabudana to a casserole and sprinkle with little water, just enough to ensure that they are damp.
    3. Cover the casserole tight and leave them overnight.
    4. In the morning while you prepare for seasoning etc., check on the soaked sabudana and if required you can sprinkle little more water and leave for 30 mins more.
    5. Have the peanuts roasted and ground to granules well before. Just before you start cooking, mix the peanut granules and salt with sabudana and rub the pearls well with the mixture.
    6. Leave it for about 5 mins. and then add it to the seasoning you have prepared.

    Since then I have been following this method and it is working well 🙂

    Enjoy!!

    1. thanks a ton kshema. i really appreciate your suggestions. these tips are going to make my life easier when making the khichdi. they will also help the readers who struggle to get the perfect sabudana khichdi. i am going to update the post with your suggestions. once again thanks a lot.

  37. I was so excited until I got to the grated coconut! My inability to find fresh coconut is driving me NUTS (no pun intended). So many interesting looking Indian recipes I am passing by! Grr. Anyway, this looks really yummy and really different from anything I have ever seen before. I have previously only seen tapioca pearls in desserts.

    1. dear laura, you can even make the sabudana khichdi without coconut. coconut does add a lot in terms of taste & flavor, but without coconut also the khichdi tastes good. we also make puddings or kheer as we call them from tapioca pearls.

    2. kalyani vangala- aggarwal

      if you visit an indian store or even a regular grocery store that has a lot of spanish shopper you can find grated coconut in the freezer never use creamed cocunt as subsitute. line up all your coconut needeing recipes and cook away. in a pich you can use thr dry coconut powder or grated coconut in indian store which is unsweetened.

      1. I have tried the freezer section in the market that has great Indian selection. Maybe they were just out and I should try again…. Because I see another fantastic looking coconut recipe on the blog today. 🙂

      2. Excitement!!!!!! I was at my favorite international grocery store today and I checked the Hispanic freezer instead o the Indian freezer and I finally found it!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!! So thanks a ton for the idea!

  38. Love your recipie site..I have prepared many dishes from your blog…I love the way you have given step by step explanation with amazing pictures..

  39. Anamika @ madcookingfusions

    hey, I am fasting tomm…will make this for my breakfast..actually its not fasting its feasting as you mentioned..lol :)!

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