Sabudana is otherwise known as tapioca or sago pearls. Sabudana is really bland in taste and its full of starch and carbohydrates. Back home, mom used to make sweet pudding and savoury snack with sabudana during our religious fasting. To be honest, I never enjoyed the sweet version of this dish but love the savoury one.
Today I am going to share this easy, light and delicious recipe with sabudana which is called sabudana Khichdi. Sabudana khichdi is my all time favorite snack, which is made with crispy fried potatoes, crunchy crushed peanuts and fried with curry leaves and some spices. Initially, when I had first tried this making at home for myself, I ended up with sticky and mushy khichdi. The most important and first step is washing and soaking the sabudana in water. Too much of water will turn the sabudana seeds mushy and sticky. Less water will make the seeds hard, so first rinse the seeds couple of times in order to get rid of excess starch and then use water as needed to completely cover the sago seeds, not more than that. Let it sit for 30-45 minutes or until the water is absorbed by sabudana and it looks dry but not sticky.
- 1 large Idaho potato, peeled and cut in thin slices
- 1 1/2 cups sabudana, washed and soaked
- 1 green chillies, chopped
- 9-10 curry leaves
- 1 cup peanut roasted peeled and crushed into small bite sized pieces and some powdered.
- 1 cup cilantro leaves
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- salt to taste
- Wash the sago seeds in water. Then, drain the water and soak the sabudana in fresh water just enough to cover all the kernels. keep it aside for half an hour. The seeds should absorb all the water and not be sticky.
- Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the potatoes and cook until golden brown. Add green chillies, turmeric powder and salt to taste in between cooking the potatoes.
- Now add the peanuts and curry leaves to the pan, stir the same.
- Add the soaked sabudana/sago seeds into the pan and cook until sabudana becomes translucent or look like pearls. Keep stirring so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Add lemon juice and cilantro and stir gently.
- Serve hot and Enjoy!