By Ipshita Maitra Updated: Nov 14, 2023
Did you know sabudana or white tapioca pearls are extremely versatile? Or is it only Sabudana khichdi you are familiar with. Well if that’s the case, then you must explore these seven dishes made out of sabudana, and they’ll surely shock you.
Sabudana, also known as tapioca pearls, sago, sabu and Javvarisi, is quite famous in India. Especially during various festivities like Navratri, etc due to the ingredient being fasting-friendly. Sabudana looks like small white droplets and it is made from the milk extracted from the tapioca roots.
The versatility of this ingredient makes it a popular kitchen staple across the country. A huge variety of dishes can be prepared with the help of Sabudana. From sweet desserts like kheer or payasam to snack items like tikki and fritter to even main course like khichdi. You can survive a whole day on these tiny white pearls basically.
Apart from the delicious and versatility aspect, this ingredient is also healthy and is a good option to add in your diet. Here are seven dishes you can make with sabudana to understand its versatility.
Sabudana Tikki is a popular Indian snack prepared with tapioca pearls. They are patty-like cakes that are mixed with boiled, mashed potatoes, ground peanuts, and a variety of spices before they are shallow fried in oil until golden brown. On the outside, there is a nice crunch, and on the inside is a soft flavour. Most of the tikki or fried foods we enjoy are made of all purpose flour, which is not a good option to consume on a daily basis. However, sabudana tikki is a vegan and gluten-free snack, it is suitable for snacking any time and even for fasting days.
The ubiquitous Indian food called Sabudana Khichdi consists of tapioca pearls. Delicious and nutritious healthy dish which can be taken during holy events or any normal day. The dish is prepared by immersing sabudana in the water before further cooking it with peanuts, potatoes, curry leaves and other spices for flavour. Soaked sabudana gives Sabudana khichdi its delicate feeling, while the outer toughness makes it a very satisfying dish. Apart from being a favourite fasting dish, it is consumed all over India which makes it special as well simple.
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Sabudana Chivda is an Indian snack that tastes great with its crispness derived from tapioca pearls. To make sabudana chivda one has to fry the sabudana until puffy and crispy. Then it is mixed with roasted cashew, and peanuts and flavoured with masala. Lastly, you need to temper the whole mixture with green chillies and hot oil. This leads to a bite that is an aromatic and flavourful snack that perfectly fits with tea during tea time. One of its kind, Sabudana Chivda for vegetarian diets, fans of Indian cuisine and especially those with restrictions on gluten.
Sabudana seekh kabab is a delicious Indian snack prepared using boiled tapioca bead (Sabudana), potatoes which are mashed thoroughly, and assorted spices. These cylindrical kebabs are simply then wrapped around seekhs, to get roasted, giving them an exceptional crusty outer layer and soft inner delicacy. The taste of sabudana is sweet; thus, it is often enjoyed during religious fasting or as a delicious snack. Similarly, Sabudana Seekh kebabs are delightful vegetarian seekh kebabs made with a combination of various textures and spices that make them.
During fasting periods, this is one of the well-known foods that is commonly served in India called sabudana thalipeeth. Sabudana (soaked tapioca pearl) is mashed and mixed with potatoes, peanuts, and spices, which are then flattened and shallow-fried to make roti or paratha-like pancakes. This dish is a flavourful, gluten-free, and vegan delight. Sabudana Thalipeeth can be eaten with the delicious yoghurt and/or chutney and one does not need to wait until the fasting to eat it—it is simply one of many great dishes to enjoy!
Regarding food preparation, South Indians are very creative when talking about the sabudana dosa. It is a gluten-free variety of Dosas commonly relished during fasting times. Sabudana is soaked, and ground with rice and some other ingredients before being fried in a hot girdle to form a thin and crispy crepe. Normally spiced or herbed or ground vegetables season the Sabudana dosa in India – adding another layer of delight to taste.
It is no wonder that one of the popular Indian desserts Sabudana Payasam is renowned for its luxurious, velvety smooth consistency which goes perfectly side by side with its mildly sweet flavour. The delicacy is made of tapioca pearls, milk and sugar combined into harmony. This is an extravagant indulgence pudding, enhanced with cardamom and spiced up with nuts. Usually, this dish is very common at festivals and celebrations. The smoothness of its texture and the cosy sensation offered by spices make Sabudana payasam one memorable delicacy that represents India’s wide variety of traditional dishes.