Sabudhana Khichdi - Savory Tapioca Stirfry

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Apr. 29, 2018

Tapioca pearls are enjoyed in so many recipes both savory and sweet. My two favorite ways to eat this is Sabudhana Vada and as a stir fry simply called a Khichdi. This is made in parts of India and served as breakfast or as a snack. The pearls are cooked till they turn translucent.
By themselves, Tapioca pearls or Sago has no flavor and soaks up all the flavor of the spices. In this recipe, paired with curry leaves and diced potatoes, it is a filling meal.


Soaked tapioca 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Cumin seeds 1 Teaspoon
Finely diced onion 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Fresh curry leaves 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Green chilli 1 , chop (((about 1 tbsp)))
Peanuts 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Tumeric 1/2 Teaspoon
Chilli powder 1/2 Teaspoon
Potato cubes 1 Cup (16 tbs) , shallow frying
Chopped coriander 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Water 3 Tablespoon
Salt To Taste



1.Soak the Sabudhana or Tapioca pearls in equal quantities of cold water for 3 5 hours. You want to make sure youre not adding more water than the measurement of the sago as it can get mushy if over soaked.


2.Once done, you need to rinse this well under cold water and then leave aside to drain.

3.In a pan add some oil heat the cumin seeds.

4.Add the finely diced Onion followed by the fresh curry leaves, which is incredibly fragrant. You can probably find curry leaves in an Indian store, if you cant find them, just leave them out.

5.Add the diced green Chilli and give this a good saute.

6.Add the peanuts. These are especially popular in maharastra they give the dish a great taste and crunch.

7.Add the powdered spices followed by a cup of shallow fried potato cubes that I fried earlier.

8.The sago has had enough time to drain and its now ready to soak in all the flavours, add this in and saute.

9.Try one for doneness and salt and add salt to taste.

10.Add a few tbsps. of water just so the sago does not burn but also create some steam to cook the tapioca.

11.Taste again, add salt as required, and add a bit more water if its drying up.

12.Finish off with a cup of chopped coriander.


13.Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 20 Minutes
Servings: 3