Saboodana Khichdi is a very popular fasting recipe. People across northern India relish this recipe during Navratri.

Here is a healthy yet delicious Sabudana Khichdi recipe to help you stay lean and healthy this Navratri:

The Recipe – Sabudana Khichdi

Cooking Time – 20-25 Minutes

Serves – 3

Ingredients Required

  • Sabudana – 1 cup
  • Potato (peeled & finely cut) – 1 medium sized
  • Peanut (whole) – 1/2 cup
  • Coconut (grated) – 1/2 cup
  • Green peas (boiled) – ½ cup
  • Carrots (finely cut) – ½ cup
  • Beans – finely cut (3-4)
  • Green chilies (finely cut) – 5-6
  • Lemon juice – One lemon
  • Coriander leaves (finely chopped) – ½ cup
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Refined oil – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Rock Salt –to taste

Preparation Method

Step 1: Wash sabudana and soak for 3-4 hours

Step 2: In a pan, heat ghee oil.

Step 3: Add potatoes and fry till tender.

Step 4: Add chillies.

Step 5: Stir for some time.

Step 6: Now add cumin seeds and peanuts and stir.

Step 7: Add peas and carrots.

Step 8: Add rock salt and sabudana.

Step 9: Stir the mixture gently.

Step 10: Cover and cook on low flame for 4-5 minutes.

Step 11: Keep stirring intermittently to cook properly.

Step 12: Now to garnish, add coriander.

Saboodana Khichdi is ready. Serve hot.

Understanding Sabudana and Health Benefits

Sabudana is full of starch or carbohydrates. It is a wonderful way to ensure quick boost of energy. Hence, in India, it is often served for breaking fasts during religious festivals. It makes one of the most significant ingredients for Navratri fasts.

Also referred to as tapioca pearls, sago is made from the starch extracted from the pith (center) of the sago palm stems. Sago gruel is known to be an excellent option when one is sick as it holds immense potential to fill the body with quick energy. It is also easy to digest. As per the Indian medicine science, sago has a cooling effect on the body system. Hence, sago gruel is recommended in the event one has excess bile caused by excess body heat.

Sabudana is extremely low in fat. It is also low in protein. Since, it is just starch, other than the carbohydrates (quick energy), nutrition-wise, sabudana does not contain any significant minerals or vitamins. It has very low amounts of calcium, iron, and fiber.

However, it is possible to make up for this via using other ingredients with it such as milk for preparing sabudana pudding, or many vegetables and peanuts preparing sabudana khichdi.


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