Raise your hands if this situation rings a bell to you. It is a festive day, mum is fasting and asks help tp prepare the food to be had after the fast is broken. Not ready to give her company with fasting but really excited to dream about the food that will be available later. I really hope there are some of you with me on this. I feel so guilty to even think about it now.
Sabudana is actually set in round molds in factories. It is extracted from the root of Tapioca plant. As it is not a grain, it is a recommended food after fasting.
Feast or no feast it is a staple breakfast in many households. Once you start it is hard to stop. It is a carb bomb, so having it as breakfast gives one enough time to burn it out.
Have a happy Navaratri. Pray Mata rani brings peace and happiness to the world.
Recipe: Serves 4 as a snack.
Sabudana ( Tapioca pearls ) 2 cups
Peanuts 3/4 cup
Cooking oil 3 Tbsp
Cumin seeds 11/2 tsp
Green chilly slices ( optional ) 2 tsp
Potatoes cut in small cubes 3/4 cup
Jaggery powder 11/2 tsp
Lemon juice 1 tbsp
Cilantro leaves 1/2 cup
Pomegranate seeds ( optional ) 1 tbsp
Salt. to taste
Wash the Sabudana in a few changes of water, rubbing the pearls with hand. This ensures that the extra starch is gone, making the khichri where the pearls stand alone and are not clumped together. Leave it soaked for about 5 hours. I had these giant sized pearls, I soaked them for 24 hours.
Drain the water off completely, rest them on a kitchen towel. Dry roast the peanuts and keep aside.
Take a non stick wok on medium high heat. Add the oil, wait till it is hot reduce the heat to medium and add the cumin seeds and green chilly slices if using. Stir till the cumins get a bit darker, add the potato pieces, turn the gas low, cover and cook till they are done. Add the Sabudana, peanuts, salt, jaggery and mix nicely. The Sabudana will shine like pearls. Add the lemon juice and put the gas off. Garnish with cilantro and pomegranate seeds.
The khichri is ready. Enjoy!