Sabudana Khichdi

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Sabudana khichdi is one of the most popular fasting dish that is made with sabudana pearls, boiled potatoes, roasted peanuts and a few spices. It is usually made during Hindu fasting days like Navratri or Mahashivratri or Ekadashi. I share a Maharashtrian-style recipe of a perfect non-sticky sabudana ki khichdi that I have been making for decades.

sabudana khichdi served in a green rimmed cream colored plate with a brass spoon

About The Recipe

Sabudana also known as sago or tapioca pearls are made from the roots of the cassava plant. Another name for this plant is tapioca or yuca.

This is an easy and tasty snack and a good recipe to be made during fasting days but it requires little experience to make a khichdi in which the sabudana pearls are not sticking or have become lumpy.

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.

Just cover the pearls with water for some time and you are done. So do soak the sabudana pearls accordingly. I have mentioned in the steps below on testing the soaked sabudana pearls.

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 khichdi is snack that I have grown up having umpteen times. It is loaded with carbohydrates and the proteins coming only from peanuts. Sabudana is rich in carbs and hence this dish makes for a filling snack.

sabudana khichdi served in a cream colored blue rimmed plate
Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Sabudana Khichdi

Soaking Sabudana

1. Rinse 1 cup Sabudana or tapioca pearls a couple of times in running water until all the starch is washed away. You can use a colander while rinsing. Soak the sabudana in water. The water level can be 1 to 1.5 inches above the sabudana.

In the below picture, the sabudana pearls are already soaked. depending on the quality of sabudana 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.

soaked sabudana in a bowl

2. To check if the sabudana has become soft or not, you should be easily able to press the sabudana and it should get mashed up easily.

If there is some hardness in the center of the sabudana pearls, then add a few tablespoons of water in the bowl. Cover and leave for 30 minutes more.

Note that the pearls have to be softened thoroughly. If the center is hard the khichdi will not have a good texture as sabudana will not cook well.

checking sabudana in a spoon

3. Using a strainer or colander strain all the water from the sabudana pearls well. Do strain very well as there should be no extra water in the sabudana. Keep aside.

Remember to drain the water really very well. Any water in the sabudana will make your khichdi mushy or pasty.

strain water from soaked sabudana

Cooking Potatoes

4. When the sabudana pearls are getting soaked, you can boil potatoes in a pan or in a cooker and keep aside. For pressure cooking, just add enough water covering the potatoes and then pressure cook for 4 to 5 whistles on medium flame.

You can also steam the potatoes in an instant pot adding required amount of water.

cooking potatoes in a pressure cooker

5. When the pressure settles down on its own, open the lid. Remove the potatoes and let them become warm or cool completely. Then peel and chop them.

Instead of boiling potatoes, you can even shallow fry potatoes and then add them to the sabudana khichdi.

peeled and chopped potatoes

Making Peanut Powder

6. Heat a kadai or a frying pan. Add ½ cup peanuts (moongphali).

adding peanuts in a frying pan

7. Keep flame to medium-low and stirring often roast the peanuts.

roasting peanuts in a frying pan

8. Roast till the peanuts become crunchy. You will see the peanut skins getting browned or charred.

roasting peanuts in a frying pan

9. Switch off the flame and keep the peanuts aside to cool. You can remove the peanut skins if you want.

roasted peanuts in the frying pan

10. Add the cooled roasted peanuts in a small grinder jar or blender.

adding roasted peanuts to a grinder jar

11. Using the pulse option powder the peanuts coarsely. Do not grind at a stretch as then the peanuts will release oil.

Grind in parts and for a few seconds as we just need to make a coarse or semi-fine peanut powder. You can even coarsely powder the peanuts in a mortar-pestle.

peanut powder in the grinder jar

12. Take the sabudana pearls in a mixing bowl or a plate or tray. Then add the peanut powder in the bowl containing sabudana.

adding peanut powder to sabudana

13. Also add edible rock salt (sendha namak) as per taste and ½ to 1 teaspoon sugar.

In fasting food we use rock salt. If making this dish on regular or non-fasting days then you can swap rock salt with regular salt.

adding salt to sabudana

14. Mix very well with a spoon.

mix the mixture

Making Sabudana Khichdi

15. Heat 3 tablespoons peanut oil or ghee in a heavy kadai or pan.

heat ghee in a pan or kadai

16. Add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds.

adding cumin seeds to ghee

17. Let them crackle and get browned.

crackling cumin seeds

18. Then add 1 chopped green chilli.

adding green chilli

19. Fry for a few seconds on medium-low flame.

frying green chilli for a few seconds

20. Now add the chopped boiled potatoes.

adding chopped boiled potato cubes

21. Mix and saute for a minute on medium-low flame.

saute potatoes

22. Next add the sabudana + peanut powder mixture.

add the sabudana + peanut powder mixture.

23. Mix very well.

mix sabudana + peanut powder mixture with potatoes

24. Saute the sabudana pearls on a low flame stirring continuously for approx 4 to 6 minutes.

saute sabudana pearls

25. Saute till the sabudana become translucent. Taste a few of the cooked sabudana pearls. You should not get a raw taste.

Once cooked, switch off the heat. Do not overcook as the sabudana can become lumpy and dense.

saute sabudana pearls till translucent

26. Then add 1 teaspoon lemon juice for some tang.

adding lemon juice

27. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of chopped coriander leaves. If you do not eat coriander leaves during fasting, then you can skip them.

add coriander leaves

28. Mix well.

mix coriander leaves with 
cooked sabudana khichdi

29. Serve sabudana ki khichdi hot or warm. While serving you can also garnish sabudana khichdi with a few coriander leaves. You can also garnish with some grated fresh coconut.

You can eat sago khichdi as is or with a side of sweetened curd or coconut chutney that is specifically made for fasting days.

I am sharing below some tips shared by readers as well as by myself to make a nonsticky sabudana khichdi.

Helpful Tips For Perfect Sabudana Khichdi

  • Rinse the sabudana pearls in a colander under running water very well until you feel that all starch is rinsed and washed away.
  • Transfer the washed and drained sabudana in a bowl. Add water with its level just above 1 to 1.5 inches in the bowl.
  • Cover the bowl and leave the sabudana pearls for 3 to 4 hours or overnight. The time duration will depend on the quality of sabudana pearls.
  • In the morning before you begin, check on the soaked sabudana. Press a few pearls. They should mash easily. If you feel some hardness in the center, then add a few tablespoons of water and leave for 30 minutes more.
  • Depending on the quality of sabudana, it can take less or more hours for soaking or will require less or more water.
  • Using a colander or a sieve, strain all the water from the sabudana. The water has to be strained very well. excess moisture or water can make the khichdi mushy, sticky, lumpy and pasty.
  • Potatoes can be boiled, steamed or fried before adding to khichdi.
  • Do not overcook sabudana, as then they can become dry and dense.
sabudana khichdi recipe for Ekadashi, Navratri

Another Variation To Make Sabudana Khichdi

(One of our reader, Minal has shared this method.)

1. Cook the sabudana khichdi in a frying pan. It kind of help in keeping the tapioca pearls dry and separated. Besides having to use very little oil.

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, crushed peanuts, chopped cilantro, salt, little black pepper powder, red chilli powder, 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 minutes. Open, mix well and enjoy sabudana ki khichdi with roasted papad.

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

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sabudana khichdi

Sabudana Khichdi Recipe

Sabudana ki khichdi is a delicious dish of tapioca pearls (sago) made with potatoes, peanuts and usually had during Hindu fasting days like Navratri, Ekadashi, mahashivratri. It is also a gluten free recipe. In this recipe post, you will get many tips and suggestions to make the best non-sticky sabudana khichdi. 
4.88 from 70 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Cuisine Maharashtrian
Course Snacks
Diet Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 3


  • 1 cup sabudana – sago or tapioca pearls, 150 grams
  • water as required, to soak sago
  • 2 potatoes – medium-sized
  • ½ cup roasted peanuts
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves – optional
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger – optional
  • 1 green chili – chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ cup grated fresh coconut – optional
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon sugar or as required
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional) or as required
  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil or ghee
  • rock salt (edible and food grade) (sendha namak) as required
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves – optional



  • Rinse sabudana very well in water. Then soak sabudana overnight or for 3 to 5 hours.
  • Next day drain the sabudana very well and keep aside in a bowl.
  • Boil the potatoes and when warm peel and chop them.
  • 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.
  • Mix the coarsely powdered peanuts, salt and sugar with the drained sabudana.

Making sabudana khichdi

  • Now heat peanut oil or ghee. Fry the cumin first till they crackle and get browned.
  • Now add the curry leaves and green chillies. Fry for a few seconds and then add the grated ginger. Both curry leaves and ginger are optional and can be skipped. 
  • Saute for a couple of seconds till the raw smell of the ginger goes away. Now add chopped boiled potato and saute for a minute.
  • Add the sabudana. Keep on stirring often on a low flame for approx 4 to 6 minutes. 
  • When the sabudana loses their opaqueness and starts becoming translucent they are cooked.
  • Don’t overcook as they might become lumpy and hard.
  • Switch off the flame and add lemon juice and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well.
  • While serving garnish with a few coriander leaves and drizzle with some lemon juice. You can even add some grated fresh coconut on top. 
  • Serve sabudana ki khichdi hot or warm as is. Or you can serve with a side of sweetened curd or a satvik coconut chutney made with fasting ingredients.



  1. Rinse the sabudana pearls very well in water.
  2. Depending on the quality of sabudana you soak them in less or more water or for less or more time. If the sabudana is not soaked properly and if the center is hard then it won’t cook well. For a good texture and taste in the khichdi, the soaked sabudana has to be softened really well.
  3. After the sabudana pearls are soaked well, drain all the water very well. If there is any water left then this sago khichdi will become pasty or mushy.
  4. Potatoes can be boiled, steamed or fried and then added to sabudana khichdi. I generally boil or steam the potatoes.
  5. You can skip green chilies and coriander leaves if you want.
  6. For Hindu fasting during Ekadashi, Navratri, Mahashivratri, please add edible rock salt (sendha namak) in the sabudana khichdi.
  7. The recipe can be halved or doubled easily.

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Sabudana Khichdi Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 539 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 946mg41%
Potassium 787mg22%
Carbohydrates 69g23%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 100IU2%
Vitamin C 71.6mg87%
Calcium 94mg9%
Iron 6.4mg36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Sabudana Khichdi recipe post from the archives (originally published on October 2013) has been updated and republished on 21 Jun 2021.

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  1. Thank you so much Dassana.I’ve been using your site to learn how to cook vegetarian recipes from when I was a beginner to almost intermediate level now 😊.5 stars

  2. It was yumm. I didn’t boil the potatoes, directly added in small chunks and roasted it on the pan. Thank you so much for the recipes!! It was delicious 😋5 stars

    1. Thanks for the feedback and the rating. The potatoes can be roasted or even fried and added.

  3. Thank you for your recipe . My grand children, children & I love this khichdi.4 stars

  4. The complete process is very nicely explained ..I tried it myself as directed and the final outcome was fantastic.
    Very tasty and healthy

    1. thank you for this feedback. glad to know that the steps and pictures were helpful.

  5. Your are recipes are tasty, accurately and well explained. Thanks so much for bringing out the Annapoorani in me! ????

  6. You are sooo Good!
    Thank you for all the Awesome Recipes!
    Each one of them here has been presented with Love – that truly transforms into the Dishes we prepare in our Homes 🙂

    1. thank you very much samita. felt good to read your comment. thanks again and happy cooking.

  7. Hello Dassana.

    Thank you so much for such a beautiful recipe.

    My sabudana pearls never get translucent. They stay white. What am I doing wrong?5 stars

    1. welcome asha. could be due to the quality of pearls or maybe they need more soaking. are they cooked and softened or remain hard?

  8. Namskar Tai,
    This is Amit I am in catering business. Your blog is just amazing. Today I had made sabudana khichadi of 4 kg of sabudana using your receipy and it came out just amazing. A single pearl did not stick to kadhai. Your tips really helped me to make perfect khichadi. Thank you so much for all the details. Only one change i have made that is i fried peanut instead of roasting that gave nice taste to khichadi. Whenever i have to make something once i go through your recipe before the preparation.5 stars

    1. namaskar amit. thanks for such detailed positive feedback and review on sabudana khichdi recipe. so glad to read that the recipe worked perfectly even when the proportions were increased. glad also that the tips helped to get that perfect non-sticky sabudana khichdi. i wish you all the best in your catering business.

  9. All recopies are very well done
    I have cooked them all and I really trust the recipes
    Writer has taken lots of effort to make it easy to cook

  10. 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.5 stars

    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. You can get curry leaves for cheap in an Indian store or just grow them in your backyard.

  11. 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 London5 stars

    1. Welcome Chella. Thanks for your appreciation and positive feedback. Love and Regards.

  12. 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.5 stars

    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.

  13. 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..4 stars

    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.

  14. thanks for the recipe ! by mistake i bought nylon sabudnana ! can i use that instead?4 stars

    1. the smaller variety of nylon sabudana can be used, but not the large variety.

  15. 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!!!!!5 stars

    1. Welcome Anahat. Thanks for your best wishes and for the positive feedback.

    1. thanks subha. have removed your link as then the comment gets spammed. have added it in the url section.

    1. you can soak for a minimum 2 hours or if time is there, then soak for 4 hours.

  16. 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 khichdi5 stars

    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.

  17. 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 🙂

    1. welcome prerna, moti sabudana is used for making snacks like chiwda. you can make this sabudana chiwda recipe with them.

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

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

  20. Tried yesterday,during this navratre…came out just perfect…thank you …

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

    1. charitha thankyou glad to know you liked the sabudana khichdi 🙂 and you are always welcome.

  22. 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 star

    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.

  23. 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….

    1. thanks a lot shelly. you can try including amaranth, buckwheat and barnyand millet in your fasting food too.

  24. 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.5 stars

    1. quite pleased to know this veena 🙂 thankyou so much for your kind words.

  25. 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.5 stars

    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.

  26. 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 i made motichor laddo and its also very tasty ..thanks for sharing your experience

        1. welcome rimple. nice to know this. thanks for sharing positive review.

  27. 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.

    1. thanks pratima. also thanks for sharing these helpful tips. will help the readers.

  28. 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 🙂5 stars

    1. thanks reshu for sharing positive feedback on recipes. glad to know this. do try some more recipes.

  29. 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.

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

    1. yes you can add sea salt. since we make it for fasting, we add rock salt.

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

    1. welcome asha. check after 30 minutes or 1 hour. if they have softened then you don’t need to soak overnight.

  32. My favourite go to website for cooking tips. Making this recipe as I am typing this. Thanks. Happy Shivratri!5 stars

  33. nice recipe its mom used tomake it wet or gravy type.that is lot thanksto help me out4 stars

    1. welcome raj. sabudana khichdi is always dry. your mom must be making a gravy version but i have never seen it.

  34. 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?5 stars

    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 !!

        1. thanks viju for your reply. i too always soak with the water level up.

  35. 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.

    2. After u drain sabudana pearl, keep it to dry in open air for 30-40 mins to avoid stickynes

  36. 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! 🙂5 stars

  37. Your recipes are a treat to try out! So well elaborated… it’s perfect…. thank u5 stars

  38. 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

    1. welcome Shanti. OK, i will try to elaborate the dhokla recipe. i will have to update the whole post. thanks for the suggestion.

  39. 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.

  40. 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

    1. we use ginger during fasts. but some families do not. you can skip in this recipe.

  41. Hi!

    tried your recipe this evening. it was simple to make and the result was lovely too. thank u :).

  42. 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…5 stars

    1. we also make sabudana khichdi on mahashivratri, ekadashi and on most fasting days. thanks.

  43. 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 !!

  44. 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.5 stars

  45. 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

    1. welcome sapna. sabudana khichdi is a little tricky recipe. i am glad to know that u got it perfect.

  46. 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

  47. 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 🙂

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

  49. Dear Dassana, just love your website and has been very useful to me….thanks a lot for the efforts… 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… 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.

  50. Hey your recipes and the time of cook both just awesome. I really appreciate you for this.

  51. 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 🙂


    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.

  52. 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. 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!

        1. Thats great Laura. So now all those coconut based Indian recipes can be made soon 🙂

  53. 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..

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