Sabudana Khichdi Recipe (with Step by Step Photos)

It is a one of most widely preferred and delicious Indian breakfast and fasting food for festivals like Navratri and Shivratri. Sago khichdi can be prepared using two types of sabudana (sago), large and small. This easy recipe uses small sized pearl sabudana as it reduces the preparation time as well as gives even taste in every spoonful. Don’t forget to read tips given below to make perfect non-sticky sabudana khichdi.

Sabudana Khichdi for Upvas

Preparation Time: 10 minutes (+ 4 hours to soak and stand sago)
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4 servings
3/4 cup small pearl Sabudana (tapioca)
1/2 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
2 Green Chillies, seeded and finely chopped
5-7 Curry Leaves
1/4 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
2 medium Potatoes, boiled, peeled and chopped
1/3 cup Roasted Peanuts, coarsely crushed
3 tablespoons grated dry Coconut
1/4 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
2 teaspoons Fresh Lemon Juice
2 teaspoons Sugar
2 tablespoons Cooking Oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped Fresh Coriander Leaves
1/2 cup Water


  1. step-1
    Wash and soak 3/4 cup sabudana in 1/2 cup water for 2 hours.
  2. step-2
    After 2 hours, you will notice that its size has increased to almost double.
  3. step-3
    Drain excess water, if any, and transfer it to a colander or a plate. Let it stand for 2 hours. If you do not let it stand for some time, then they may turn sticky while cooking.
  4. step-4
    Heat oil or ghee over medium flame in a heavy based aluminum or non-stick pan (kadai). (Use of non-stick pan is recommended, as it will help prevent sticking while cooking). Add cumin seeds in heated oil. When seeds begin to crackle, add green chilli and curry leaves and sauté for 10 seconds.
  5. step-5
    Add drained sabudana and mix thoroughly. Cook for 2-3 minutes while stirring continuously.
  6. step-6
    Add turmeric powder and salt, mix well.
  7. step-7
    Cook for 7-8 minutes over medium flame until sabudana turns translucent. Stir constantly. (Do not worry if sabudana turns light orange after cooking.)
  8. step-8
    Add boiled potatoes, coarsely crushed peanuts, grated coconut, lemon juice, sugar and garam masala powder.
  9. step-9
    Mix well and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  10. l_step
    Turn off the flame. Transfer khichdi to a serving bowl and garnish with coriander leaves.
Tips and Variations:

  • If you soak sabudana in excess water, then it will turn mushy and sticky.
  • If it is too dry while cooking (in step-7), then sprinkle 1 tablespoon water at a time over it and mix well. Sprinkle as much water as required until it is cooked and turns transparent. Do not add too much water in single go otherwise it will turn sticky.
  • If you are using large sized sago, then soak them overnight in water. 2 hours of soaking is not sufficient for it.
Taste: Soft and mild spicy
Serving Ideas: Sabudana ki khichdi is traditional fasting food served during fasting days (vrat days) like Navratri and many other Indian mythological festivals. It can also be served as an afternoon snack, morning breakfast or a side dish in lunch and dinner. Kids would love to take it in a lunch box.

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Jan 12, 2018 by Gayathri Murthy
Hi thanks for the recipe.I think if you use the English term for sabudana,sago,it will reach better.

Response: Thank you Gayatri for the feedback. We will update recipe to also include English name.

Apr 10, 2016 by Narayan Mahale
Nicely explained the recipe. Will give a try soon as per your way. But I am doubtful whether haldi is really required for sabudana khichadi. Please explain.

Response: Hi Narayan, haldi (turmeric powder) is not necessary.

Mar 17, 2016 by Neelam Saroj
Hi all,
I tried this for the very first time and it came out to be awesome. Really nice.
But I didn't put coconut here I wasn't having that...
Thanks for such a good recepie.

Aug 20, 2014 by Tappy
Loved this recipe. I just wanted to know what is the ratio of sabudana & water while soaking it.
In case in future if I have to make it for more people. How much water should I use to soak sabudana?
Thanks so much for this awesome recipes.

Response: The quantity of water required to soak the sabudana depends on the quality and size of sabudana. However, soak 1.5 cup sabudana in 1 cup water for 2 hours (as shown in step-1 and step-2) and then drain water and spread them in a plate or colander for 2-hours (as shown in step-3) to prevent sticking.

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Mar 26, 2014 by saloni sonkar
very nice of this recipe