sabudana khichdi recipe, how to make sabudana khichdi for fasting vrat

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sabudana khichdi

sabudana khichdi is a delicious dish of tapioca pearls (sago) made with potatoes, peanuts and usually had during hindu fasting days like navratri, ekadashi, mahashivratri. sabudana khichdi 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. 

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sabudana khichdi recipe with video and step by step photos. 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 nonsticky texture in the sabudana pearls.

sabudana khichdi recipe

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

tips for making good sabudana khichdi

1. rinse the sabudana pearls in a colander under running water very well until you feel that all starch is rinsed and washed away.

2. transfer the washed and drained sabudana in a bowl. add water with its level just above 1 to 1.5 inches in the bowl.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. depending on the quality of sabudana, it can take less or more hours for soaking or will require less or more water.

6. 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.

7. potatoes can be boiled, steamed or fried before adding to sabudana khichdi.

8. 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 helps 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 mins. open, mix well and enjoy sabudana khichdi with roasted papad.

sabudana khichdi

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Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:5 mins
Total Time:25 mins
sabudana khichdi is a delicious dish of tapioca pearls (sago) made with potatoes, peanuts and usually had during hindu fasting days like navratri, ekadashi, mahashivratri. sabudana khichdi 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. 
sabudana khichdi

INGREDIENTS FOR sabudana khichdi

(1 CUP = 250 ML)
  • 1 cup sabudana (or tapioca pearls)
  • 2 medium sized 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 sabudana khichdi

preparation for sabudana khichdi recipe

  • 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 sago khichdi with a few coriander leaves and drizzle with some lemon juice. you can even add some grated fresh coconut on top. 
  • serve sabudana khichdi hot.



  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.
  3. after the sabudana pearls are soaked well, drain all the water very well.
  4. potatoes can be boiled, steamed or fried and then added to sabudana khichdi.
  5. you can skip green chilies and coriander leaves if you want.
  6. for hindu fasting during ekadashi, navratri, mahashivratri, please add rock salt (sendha namak) in the sabudana khichdi.
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preparation 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.

making sabudana khichdi

2. to check if the sabudana have 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.

making sabudana khichdi

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.

making sabudana khichdi

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.

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5. when the presure 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.

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making peanut powder for sabudana khichdi

6. heat a kadai or a frying pan. add ½ cup peanuts (moongphali).

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

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8. roast till the peanuts become crunchy. you will see the peanut skins getting browned or charred.

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

10. add the cooled roasted peanuts in a small grinder jar.

sabudana khichdi

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.

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

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

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14. mix very well with a spoon.

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making sabudana khichdi

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

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16. add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds.

making sabudana khichdi

17. let them crackle and get browned.

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18. then add 1 chopped green chilli.

making sabudana khichdi

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

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20. now add the chopped boiled potatoes.

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

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22. next add the sabudana + peanut powder mixture.

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23. mix very well.

making sabudana khichdi

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

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25. saute till the sabudana become translucent. switch off the flame. do not overcook as the sabudana can become lumpy and dense.

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26. then add 1 teaspoon lemon juice.

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27. add chopped coriander leaves. if you do not have coriander leaves during fasting, then you can skip them.

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28. mix well.

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29. serve sabudana khichdi hot. while serving you can also garnish sabudana khichdi with a few coriander leaves. you can also garnish with some grated fresh coconut.

sabudana khichdi recipe for vrat or fasting

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  1. 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.

    • 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.

  2. 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..

    • 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.

  3. 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!!!!!

  4. 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

    • 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.

  5. 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 🙂

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

  7. 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.

    • 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.

  8. 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….

  9. 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.