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Sabudana Khichdi (Tapioca Khichdi)

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Sabudana Khichdi is a khichdi-like dish made with tapioca pearls. Khichdi is a dish that is normally made with rice and dal, but in this case, the rice and dal are replaced by tapioca. “Subudana” means “tapioca” in English. It can also be called “sago” or “sagu” in different Asian and Southeast Asian countries.

Sabudana Khichdi

Sabudana Khichdi is a fasting food. In Ayurveda, fasting foods must be white. These white foods are said to be cleansing. Foods like yogurt, rice, potato, cashews and tapioca pearls.

Sabudana khichdi

Many fasts are challenging because of the severe food restrictions, but even as a kid I used to look forward to fasting, and my family fasted a lot. That is because our fasts involved a lot of delicious foods, especially Sabudana Khichdi. I always looked forward to the sweet, nutty, slightly sweet flavor of this dish.

I don’t practice fasting the way my family did when I was a kid. Instead, I make Sabudana Khichdi as an regular household meal.

Sabudana Khichdi read to serve

Sabudanu Khichdi

The sweet, nutty, slightly sweet fasting dish made with tapioca pearls
4.80 from 5 votes
Prep Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 283 kcal


  • 1 cup tapioca soaked for 4 hours
  • 1 medium potato finely diced (about 1 cup chopped)
  • 3 tbsp ghee or oil
  • 2 Tbsp almond flour
  • 1 ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1-2 green chilies chopped
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • salt to taste


  • Soak sabudana (tapioca) with just enough water to cover. Drain soaked tapioca in a colander for 10 minutes. Do not stir it too much as they will break.
  • Heat ghee in a skillet.
    Heat oil in a pan
  • Add cumin seeds and green chilies. Cumin seeds should sizzle and pop.
    Add cumin and green chillies
  • Add potatoes and cook.
    Cook potatoes
  • When potatoes are cooked, add tapioca, salt, sugar, and almond flour.
    Add tapioca, salt, sugar, almond flour
  • Cook for 2 minutes only. Gently stir, being careful not to break the sabudana pearls.
    Cook 2 minutes and you are done



Calories: 283kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 1gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 43mgPotassium: 242mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 11IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 2mg
Keyword ayurveda, ayurvedic, fasting foods, tapioca
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What do you eat with Sabudana Khichdi?

Typically, this khichdi is eaten alone, or with a side of yogurt. Since it is a fasting food, you wouldn’t normally add any kinds of sides to it.

Is Sabudana Khichdi a healthy meal? Or an indulgence?

Although this is a high carbohydrate dish, fasting is a theory of healthy eating. It’s an Ayurvedic health concept that the white food are cleansing to your system. As long as you do not consume excessive calories alongside Sabudana Khichdi, it can be healthy.

What common mistakes might someone make while preparing Sabudana Khichdi? How should they counter them?

1. Soaking the tapioca is really important. If you soak it for too long it will get gooey. Only soak it in enough water to just cover the sabudana. Do not soak it for longer than 4 hours.
Do not leave out the nut powder. Nut powder is really important to give it flavor and to soak up the gooeyness of the sabudana.
2. Traditionally you would use peanuts, and you would grind these in a mortar and pestle. My recipe uses almond flour because I buy it already powdered from the store, it’s quicker and easier, and I like the milder flavor. I learned that from my mom who has always used almond flour.

How might ingredients be altered for taste?

You could use the traditional peanuts, or try other nuts or seeds. I think sunflower seeds would work well.
The chilies are key, they add a lot of flavor to a dish that otherwise wouldn’t have much. If you don’t like spicy food, don’t skip the chilies, instead use less spicy varieties of chillies that will still provide flavor.
Garnish with cilantro if this is not for fasting purposes.

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