Follow this step by step fail-proof guide on how to soak sabudana/tapioca pearls for khichdi. Say goodbye to sticky, gooey sabudana pearls and say hello to perfect separated tapioca pearls – today and every-time.
Do you enjoy eating sabudana khichdi (tapioca pearls pulao) but end up getting mushy and sticky pearls all the time? No worries, here is a fail-proof step by step recipe on how to soak sabudana for khichdi or make perfect tapioca pearls for your sabudana khichdi.
Sabudana/tapioca pearls are gluten-free and vegan. Sabudana/tapioca, when combined with other gluten-free options, creates the most comforting and delicious meals! Just to name the few –
- sabudana uttapam,
- sabudana vada,
- sabudana dosa ,
- sabudana khichdi ,
- sabudana ladoo and
- sabudana namkeen.
Wondering what Sabudana is?
Sabudana pearls also referred to as sago pearls/tapioca pearls are commonly enjoyed in Indian cuisine. During Indian fasting months, tapioca is the staple food. How to soak sabudana for khichdi
It is light on the stomach, easy to digest and provides energy. Soft and fluffy tapioca pearls when combined with veggies and roasted peanuts creates the most delightful and satisfying meal – Sabudana khichdi.
What else can Sabudana be used for?
Besides fasting food, sabudana/ sago/tapioca starch is used in baking too. Tapioca starch adds pleasantly crisp texture to baked bread and cakes. It is found in the section where gelatin and baking goods are displayed.
How to soak sabudana for khichdi?
The commonly asked question is –
- how to get perfect sabudana pearls?
- how to soak sabudana for khichdi ?
- how to make perfect sabudana for vrat?
- My sabudana pearls have turned into a slimy mess.. help please?
The answer to all these questions is relatively simple – EQUAL AMOUNT OF SABUDNA + EQUAL AMOUNT OF WATER + KEEP IT FOR 4-5 HOURS OR OVERNIGHT = PERFECT PEARLS.
If sabudana/tapioca pearls are soaked in excess water then it turns into a gooey mess.
Hope you like this method and give it a try. If you happen to make it then drop me a line below. If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them.
How to soak Sabudana for Khichdi
- 1 cup Sabudana/Tapioca Pearls
- 1 cup Water
- Measure Sabudana/sago/tapioca. Transfer it to a colander and wash under tap water until water runs clear.
- Transfer sabudana to a large bowl and cover it with the same amount of water.
- Remember just enough water to cover sabudana – DO NOT DRENCH IT IN WATER OR YOU WILL END UP IN A GOOEY PASTE. Sabudana after 3 hours – still some grains are hard.
- Cover and let it sit undisturbed for 4 -5 hours. Total soaking time is 4-5 hours, above pictures shows how the pearls will look like after 3 hours. Depending on the grain you may need to soak it a little longer – maybe another hour or so.
- After 4-5 hours you will find perfectly puffed up sabudana pearls. All the water added gets soaked up by sabudana. But to be on the safe side, drain sabudana through a strainer to get rid of that starch.
- There you have it perfectly puffed up sabudana pearls. Rub few beads in between your fingers, and if they get crushed easily. If they do then you are good to go.
- You can make sabudana pearls in advance and store in an airtight container for future use. They can remain fresh for 2-3 days in your refrigerator.
- Use as directed in your recipe.
Another way to get perfect pearls! Soak equal amount of sabudana in the same amount of water and leave it overnight. Use this soaked Sago pearls to make Sago Pilaf!
Disclaimer: Nutritional information provided below is approximate. Variations may exist due to the ingredients/brands used. Please refer to a Registered Dietitian or Nutritionists if you have any health issues.
Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Sodium: 3mg | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.6mg