Sabudana Khichdi

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Today I will share sabudana khichi recipe with you. It is a very popular dish in India especially in the vrats like Navratri, Ekadshi, Janmashtami, Shivratri, etc.

It is easy to make if you know the tricks to make it. I will share with you the complete steps of making it in the video as well as pictures format.

sabudana khichdi

My family members love this sabudana khichdi. This is one of the favourite dishes which is made during the fasting season.

I used to add peanuts, chillies, tomatoes, potatoes, and coriander leaves to it. Some people do not eat tomatoes in the vrats(upvaas), so they can avoid tomatoes in it. They can add little lemon juice on top of it to add some more taste.

You can add paneer to it to add taste and increase the nutritional value.

Earlier I did not like the sabudana khichdi because whenever I make sabudana khichdi it becomes sticky. Due to that, I did not prefer it. But after learning the correct way to make it, now I also like it.

It is prepared in the many states of India like Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, and Gujarat. But in some towns of India like Mumbai, Pune, Indore, Bhopal, Jaipur, and Nagpur, it is available as street food. Source from Wikipedia.

There are a few more sabudana recipes that you can make during fasting (vrat/upvaas)

Sabudana Vada

Sabudana Kheer

What is sabudana khichdi called in English

Sabudana is called tapioca pearls in the English language. Sago is another name for it in India. But the word khichdi is no English translation. It is a dish made in India.

What to serve with sabudana khichdi

There are various things you can serve with it. You can serve it with plain curd, aloo raita, aloo kheera raita (potato cucumber raita),  mint and coriander chutney, I also prefer it with aloo tamatar ki sabzi (potato and tomato side dish) etc.

How to make sabudana khichdi without soaking

Sabudana khichdi cannot be made without soaking it. You have to soak them till they are soft. There is no way to make it without soaking. As it is one of the initial steps for making it.

how to make sabudana khichdi

How to make sabudana khichdi instantly

There is no method to make it instantly or quickly. This recipe takes time the prepare. You have to soak sabudana for certain minutes or hours to make it soft. This takes time otherwise, the whole recipe does not take too much time.

How to make sabudana khichdi without peanuts

There are no additional steps to make sabudana khichdi without peanuts. I prefer it with peanuts as it adds crunch, taste and other essential nutrients to the dish. But if you don’t like peanuts, then you can avoid them.

Variations of sabudana khichdi

You can make different variations of sabudana if you are not on a fast. Do not use these variations on fast.

  • Apart from aloo (potato), you can add some more vegetables, like peas, cauliflower, carrots, corn, onion, capsicum etc. in your sabudana ki khichdi. Adding these vegetable nutrients to the dish will increase.
  • Add some more spices like red chilli powder, garam masala, dhaniya powder etc. to make it more delicious.
  • Make the tadka of onion and garlic before adding vegetables. It will enhance its taste of it.

How to make sabudana khichdi non-sticky

To make sabudana khichdi non-sticky, it is important to soak it correctly. This is one of the main reasons why it turns so sticky and lumpy.

one of the main reasons to turn it mushy and lumpy is if you soak it in more water than required.

The solution to this problem is to soak into the right quantity of water. But, the quantity of water totally depends on the quality of the sabudana. If it is good quality sabudana then it will not dissolve in the water. So, purchase good quality of it.

I used good quality sabudana for making khichdi this time.

I washed it two times in the running water so that extra starch was removed from it. After removing extra water. I placed it in a drainer for half an hour. It turned soft. I checked it by pressing it between my fingers.

Always purchase good quality products.

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But when I made sabudana vada I used a little different approach for soaking it. You can read it on my post of sabudana vada about it.

If you want to soak it in the water after washing it in running water. Then take the equal quantity of water of sabudana. So, that it does not turn up mushy.

I have made 15 recipes, especially for vrats at the time of writing this post. Some of them which are in article form are mentioned below.

Chaat recipesAloo chaat for vrats,

Vrat thali: Sabudana khichdiKuttu ki puriAloo tamatar sabji (Potato tomato curry) – Vrat specialDhaniya pudina chutney – Vrat SpecialAloo raitaSamak ke chawal

Snacks: Sabudana Vadapaneer pakoda for vratDhokla for Vrats – Upwas Dhokla

Sweet recipes for vrat: Sabudana kheerAloo ka halwaDry Coconut BurfiGhiya ki Kheer

and other recipes are currently on youtube. You can watch the complete playlist of vrats recipes.

Sabudana Khichi Recipe

Learn the step by steps of making sabudana khichdi with photos and video. 
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2 People


  • 1 cup sabudana tapioca pearls
  • 2 Medium size tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Peanuts
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 1-2 Green chilies
  • 2 boiled and diced potatoes
  • 2 tablespoon desi ghee or oil
  • 10-12 Curry leave
  • Rock salt Sendha namak according to your taste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds Jeera
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper powder kali mirch powder
  • 1/2 lemon juice


Steps to make sabudana khichdi

  • Heat the pan on the stove.
    head the pan on stove to cook
  • Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of desi ghee or any cooking oil for tadka. And heat it up.
    added desi ghee on hot pan
  • Add peanuts in it and roast them.
    added peanuts for roasting
  • Add jeera in it and fry it until its colour changes. 
    added jeera in it for frying
  • Add chopped green chillies and ginger in it. And cook it until the raw flavour of them goes away.
    added ginger and green chilies in tadka
  • Add curry leaves in it and stir it.
    added curry leaves in tadka
  • Add chopped tomatoes in it. 
    added chopped tomatoes in tada
  • Add sendha namak (rock salt) according to your taste.
    sendha namak added in the tadka
  • Cover the lid so that tomatoes becomes soft.
    lid placed on it to cook tomatoes
  • Add black pepper powder
    black pepper powder added in tadka
  • Add boiled potatoes in it. And mix it again. 
    boiled and diced potatoes added in it
  • Add sabudana in it and mix it well.
    sabudana added in tadka
  • Cover the lid for 1 minute to cook it.
  • Add lemon juice in it. And mix well.
    lemon juice added on top of sabudana khichdi
  • This dish is ready. Serve it hot in the plate. 

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