Monday, 6 October 2008

Sabudana Khichdi ~ Tapioca Khichdi

Navratri is one of the greatest Hindu Festivals, it symbolises the triumph of good over evil. As the name implies, this festival is celebrated for Nine days. The nine-day festival of Navratri or Navaratri in Hindu religion is held in honor of the nine manifestations of goddess Durga.

Navaratri is divided into sets of three days to adore different aspects of the supreme goddess. On the first three days, the Mother is invoked as powerful force called Durga in order to destroy all our impurities, vices and defects. The next three days, the Mother is adored as a giver of spiritual wealth, Lakshmi, who is considered to have the power of bestowing on her devotees the inexhaustible wealth. The final set of three days is spent in worshipping the mother as the goddess of wisdom, Saraswati. In order have all-round success in life, we need the blessings of all three aspects of the divine mother; hence, the worship for nine nights. On the tenth day, Known as Dusssehra Maa Durga in form of Maa Kali after nine days of fighting killed demon Mahisasura. Even Lord Ram killed Ravana on the same day. Hence Dusssehra also known as Vijayadashm is celebrated as Victory of good over evil

Navratri is celebrated by all Hindus, but its celebrated in different way in different parts of India.
Being Gujarati Navratri has always been special,
Gujaratis will immerse themselves in Navratri and Dussehra celebrations with all-night dandia dances as we combine religion and devotion with recreation and fun. This is when Gujaratis young and old come on the streets in their traditional attire in a riot of colour. Chaniya Choli (Ghagra Choli) the long flowing skirt worn with a flowing 'odhni' or long stole, is the traditional costume worn on the occasion. Chaniya Cholis are bright in colour with beautiful embroidery and mirror work. Men wear the kedia, a high waist top.

A stack of Pots called 'Garbis/ Garbo' are painted with attractive designs and with diyas (lights) kept inside. These Garbis are ceremoniously placed in all houses.

Girls place these Grabis on their head and play 'Garba' the most popular women's folk dance on Nine days of Navratri. Garba is performed before the 'aarti' as devotional performance in honour of the goddess. The other popular dance form is the dandia dance -- where men and women join a dance circle, holding small polished sticks or dandias. As they whirl to the music, they strike the dandias in rhythm.The origin of Ras and Garba is traced back to legends connected with the life of Lord Krishna.

So popular are the garba and the dandia-ras in Mumbai and Gujarat that competitions are held to assess the quality of the dancing. During School days I used to participate in these Dandiya - Ras competition and used to wear nine different Chaniya Cholis on Nine days. In my society we used to organise various cultural events during Navratri. But all this replaced these days by commercial Events organised by Event Management Companies.

In South India, different manifestations of the Mother Goddess are worshipped during the Navratri ‘Bommai Kolu’ festival. Clay dolls of mythological characters are arranged beautifully on tiers of five or seven steps and displayed artistically with ‘kolam’ or ‘rangoli’ designs on the floor.

Durga Puja is widely celebrated in West Bengal, where it is a five-day annual holiday. Not only it is the biggest Hindu festival celebrated throughout the State, but also the most significant socio-cultural event in Bengali society. Various Pandals are set up, and city is adorned with lights. After the four days of Puja, on Dashami , the last day, a tearful farewell is offered to the Goddess. Most of the community pujas postpone the farewell as long as possible and arrange a grand send-off. The images are carried in processions around the locality and finally is immersed in a nearby river or lake.


Navratri fast is observed during nine days, people eat Vrat food during these ninc days. Even I have observed fast for Maa Durga. And only one dish clicks our mind during fast and that is one and only Sabudana / Sago / Tapioca Khichdi. Even on the days I am not fasting I relish Sabudana Khichdi. A typical Maharashtrain snack is really a treat for my test buds. Back in my hometown Mumbai, everyone in my society was aware about my liking for Sabudana Khichdi, so the day it is being prepared at someone's place, it is being parceled at my place too specially for me.

500 g. Sabudana / Tapioca/ Sago
2 Medium sized Chopped Potatoes
1/2 Cup of Grounded Roasted Peanuts
2 finely Chopped Green Chillies
1 Teaspoon of Sugar
2 Teaspoon of Cumin seeds
2 Teaspoon of Coriander - Cumin Powder (Optional)
2-3 Curry leaves
1 Tablespoon of Ghee / Oil
Salt to taste / Sindhav (Rock Salt)
Chopped Coriander
Grated Coconut (Optional)

1. Wash Sabudana and then soak them for 5 - 6 hrs. Once the Sabudana is soaked drain them for 1 - 2 hrs, so that excess water is removed and they dont turn out sticky.
2. Once the Sabudana are drained completely, mix with the drained Sabudana salt / Sindhav, sugar, Grounded roasted peanuts and coriander - cumin powder if using the same. This helps to mix the masala with sabudana as sabudana becomes sticky if they cooked for long over the gas. So I practice mixing all masalas with the sabudana before they are cooked over the gas. While fasting I prefer using Sindhav (Rock salt) instead of salt.

3. Heat the vessel with the ghee, add cumin seeds. Once they start spluttering add curry leaves and chopped green chillies, chopped potatoes and a pinch of salt/sindhav.
4. Once the potatoes are cooked add masala mixed sabudana and mix well with the potato mixture. Cover with the lid for 2 minutes. Don't cook sabudana for long as they become very sticky.
5. Once the sabudana becomes soft and they change the colour, remove it from the gas. Garnish with chopped coriander and grated fresh coconut and serve with simple curd.

Here's my entire post for Lakshmi's Navratri and Navratri Food Event


anudivya 7 October 2008 at 02:50  

Frankly, never tasted this. Only tried the kheer/payasam that uses sabudana. Nice one.
Happy Navarathri!

Uj 7 October 2008 at 02:55  

Hi Purva,
Very nice write up. I used tolove watching Dandiya. I have never tried Sabudana khichdi. Seeing it in most of the blogs this is on my to do list soon. Your looks lovely.

Lakshmi 7 October 2008 at 03:05  

Very informative post Purva. I miss Gandhinagar and it's Garba nights ...I hope I could go back there just to celebrate Navaratri.. Very nice tip of mixing all masalas with sabudana....Thanks for a lovely entry :)

Unknown 7 October 2008 at 04:37  

nice entry purva I tasted it in my friends place but never made it will try it now

Indian Khana 7 October 2008 at 04:45  

Happy Navratri Purva...I make sabudana khichdi during Navratri for too as for the evening dinner. Gud entry for the event. Now will try your method to get the best result. Inbtw the new template is nice...

ST 7 October 2008 at 07:34  

Well Narrated post purva......Sabudana khichidi is my favorite one....Looks superb..Happy Navarathri!New template looks cool....

Unknown 7 October 2008 at 14:06  

Very good post Purva and sabudana khichdi is one of my absolute faves...Happy Navratri...

Deepthi Shankar 7 October 2008 at 14:15  

i love sabudana khichdi .. one of my favourites ... Loved the new look of your blog

Jaishree Iyer 7 October 2008 at 15:05  

Sabudana khichdi is one of my favorite....Looks superb.Happy Navratri!

Pravs 7 October 2008 at 16:43  

Happy Navratri ! Nice write up. I seldom cook with saudana.. but have tried something similar and blogged. Looks yummy.

Priya Suresh 7 October 2008 at 18:59  

Well written..Sabudana khichdi looks delicious..

Unknown 7 October 2008 at 22:12  

Nice entry Purva,,.. looks Amazing.. Happy Navrathiri

Uma 7 October 2008 at 22:22  

this looks like a nice recipe. yum!

Bhawna 7 October 2008 at 23:02  

wow purva, i love sabudana khichdi, some how it always shows my -ve side of cooking. This time i'll try ur recipe. Thanks for sharing

Sum Raj 8 October 2008 at 03:33  

my mom used to make this..both my parents r fond of this khichidi..looks gud

Shreya 8 October 2008 at 15:03  

You are getting parcels.. wow! I have never had this, and the pictures look so good. Very nice post:-)

Pete 8 October 2008 at 15:10  

I don't know that we can cook sago this way. Interesting.

Dershana 8 October 2008 at 20:24  

Hi Purva, Navaratri greetings. I rarely cook with Sago, but this recipe looks enticing.

raaji 8 October 2008 at 22:38  

never tried this in this waypurva before......we usually make sweets or vadiyalu with them.....nce pic

Gita Jaishankar 8 October 2008 at 23:50  

Hi Purva,
This post reminds of all the Navarathri celebrations back home. Sabudana khichdi is new to me. Will try it and let you know.

ST 9 October 2008 at 09:55  

Happy Dusshera to You and your family Purva!!!

Vikis Kitchen 9 October 2008 at 15:33  

wow! a spicy snack from subudana!
Nice recipe. thanks.
All the information about Navaratri are interesting.

Madhavi 9 October 2008 at 18:23  

Oh yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm khichdi. Very nice template Purva :))

Anonymous,  10 October 2008 at 01:32  

Hope you have a happy ,blessed and awesome Navratri. I remember playing dandiya once on stage on the college day ,its a good exercise:).
Thanks for the unique khichdi recipe.

Unknown 11 October 2008 at 05:35  

Happy Dasshera Purva. Kichidi looks great!

Priya Suresh 11 October 2008 at 19:20  

Hi Purva...i got something spl for u in my blog..its really waiting for u to accept..pls check it out..

Recipeswap 14 October 2008 at 23:20  

Perfect for the Navrathri Event.

Mahimaa's kitchen 27 October 2008 at 21:17  

Thanks for visiting my blog Purva.

Wish you and your family a very Happy Diwali!

Love your Sago kichdi. I have been looking for some nice recipe to try it. I have never made them.. I have only tasted at my friend's place.
Will try your recipe sometime.


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