Sago pearls (Sabudana) khichdi
I am currently having a love-hate relationship with my diet. I love the health benefits I am getting and I hate the diet because there are so little options. Today I did not want to look at cheese or chicken. So monotonous.
I was out of buckwheat flour.
I had a packet of sago in the cupboard. Danced a happy jig and then went online to check if it was paleo.
What is sago or tapioca?
Tapioca or sago is known as cassava, cassada, cassaba, sabudana is the starch of the root of a woody shrub in the spurge family. It’s an important source for carbohydrates. A great food source. It has so many names, I did not know them. I’ve had cassava chips in Kenya, they fry it and sell it on the beach. Tasty. No one can eat raw cassava root though, it causes cyanide poisoning. The flour comes after soaking, fermenting, cooking and then powdering it.
Sounds like too much work.
I’ll stick to the pearls.
Is it Paleo?
Some people think it is others don’t. Well its not legume, not potato, not grain. I think I can go with it once in a while.
- 2 cups Sabudana (Sago)
- 1 big onion (finely chopped)
- Boiled potatoes (I’ve omitted this since potato is not paleo)
- 2-3 green chillies
- 1/2 cup roasted peanuts powdered coarsely in a mixie
- Few curry leaves
- A piece of grated ginger
- Tomato chopped – 1 no.
- Capsicum chopped – 2-3 tsp
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
- 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 dry red chili
- A Pinch of Hing (Asafoetida)
- A Pinch of Sugar (I don’t use this)
- 1/2 tsp Red Chilly powder
- Lemon juice 1 tsp
- Salt as per taste
- Oil 2 tsp for frying
- Wash and clean the sago pearls 2-3 times and drain. Soak it in water for about an hour and then drain it completely. Keep the wet sago aside to soften for another four hours. I usually soak it, drain it and stick it in the fridge overnight
- 2. Take a pan, heat oil.
- 3. Add cumin seed, mustard seed, curry leaves, red chili.
- 4. When it start to splutter add green chili, grated ginger and chopped onion, hing and saute for a minute.
- 5. Add boiled potato if you’re using them, chopped capsicum, roasted peanuts. Stir and add salt.
- 6. Add sago pearls and mix well. Stir fry for 5 mins in medium-high flame.
- 7. Make sure that sago does not get sticky, so continuously stir it.
- 8. Finally add lemon juice, chopped tomato and coriander leaves chopped and remove from heat.
- 9. Serve hot with chutney.