Flavorful Pudina Sabudana khichdi Or Mint Tapioca Mash is far tastier than the regular Sago khichdi. The fresh mint leaves add a much needed flavor to the otherwise bland dish.It is usually eaten for breakfast but I have it for dinner as it is light on my tummy and easily digested. Soaked Sago pearls or tapioca are sautéed with bite size potatoes, peanuts and a paste of mint and green chillies. It is so flavorful, healthy and lip-smacking.
What is Sago? Strangely it is not a grain or a lentil but is extracted from the center of sago palm stems in the form of starch. As it is made of starch Sago or sabudana is a food full of energy and carbs. It is also known as tapioca or cassava pearls. The pearls of sago turn whiter when soaked in water and translucent when cooked.
Being low in calories, I prefer it as a light meal option. Being very easy to digest, it can be used as baby food, especially when a baby has diarrhea, give it gruel of sago in place of milk. Same applies to adults too.
To make Sabudana khichdi you need to soak sabudana pearls at least 4 hours before you actually cook it. If you end up getting mushy and sticky pearls all the time then follow my recipe on how to soak sabudana for khichdi or make perfect tapioca pearls for your sabudana khichdi.
Soak 1 cup sabudana pearls in 1 cup water for 4-5 hours, drain and use it in the khichdi. If you use more water you will land up with a gooey mess. Sometimes I soak for less than 3 hours too and it is fine.
Keep the drained sago pearls aside. I like my food healthy and colorful. You can’t go wrong with with this recipe – its amazingly versatile and adaptable.
I love peanuts and they add a crunchy punch to the otherwise mushy dish.
Recipe for Flavorful Pudina Sabudana khichdi Or Mint Tapioca Mash
1 cup sago soaked
2 tbsp peanuts
1 tsp cumin
Few curry leaves
1 small onion chopped (optional)
1 small potato chopped
1 tbsp oil
1/4 th tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
½ cup fresh mint leaves
1 inch piece ginger
2 green chillies
Soak the sago pearls in 1 cup water or less for 4 hours and then drain. Keep aside.
Make a paste of the mint leaves, ginger and green chillies in a blender.
In a pan add 1tbsp oil then add cumin and mustard seeds.When the seeds begin to splutter add curry leaves & peanuts.
Once the peanuts are done add the finely chopped onions and potatoes. Sauté till they are cooked then add salt and turmeric powder.
Now add the mint-ginger-green chilli paste and stir for fry 2mins.
Add the drained soaked sago and mix well. Cover with the lid and cook for 5 minutes until the sago is translucent.
Remove from fire, garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot.
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