Non-sticky Sabudana Khichdi (Tapioca Pearl Pilaf)

If you grew up in Maharastra, poha (flattened rice), sabudana (white tapioca pearls), and upma (savory semolina) are few of the staples in a household. Although, sabudana wasn’t made that often in my house. It was only made especially when my mom would fast on an auspicious day. She would make this with lots of peanuts, boiled potatoes, freshly crushed black pepper, and generous amount of lemon juice. I am sure everyone has a type of sabudana khichdi they like, but the way my mom made it – is my favorite. It was non-sticky, had right amount of spices and just perfect. Staying far from home has made me crave for my childhood favorites even more. Here is my version of this uber delicious sabudana khichdi –

Ingredients: Serves 4

2 cups sabudana
3-4 cups water
2 vertically slit green chillies
2 tsps black pepper powder
5-6 roughly torn curry leaves (gives the raw fragrance)
2 tbsps oil
1 and 1/2  tsp cumin seeds
2 cups chopped and cubed potatoes, soaked in cold water
1/2 cup dry roasted & unsalted peanuts
Salt to taste
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup chopped coriander/cilantro

Method:

*Put the sabudana in a bowl. Wash it 5-6 time or until the water is clear.

*Now soak them in water for 30-40 minutes. Drain the excess water and let keep it in a colander for 5-6 hours or overnight and let it dry and fluff up.

*In a deep pan, heat the oil on a medium flame.

*After a minute or so, add in the cumin seeds, curry leaves and green chillies. As they begin to crackle, add potatoes (without the water they are soaked in) and cook them on a low flame until soft , stirring occasionally. Add some salt (Go easy here as we will add some salt in the sabudana too. )

*In the meantime, roughly crush the peanuts in the blender.

*Prep the sabudana with – some salt, peanuts, lemon juice, and cilantro. Mix it well.

*Add black pepper to the potatoes and give it a last stir before adding sabudana. Then add sabudana, and cook it until it turns translucent.
Give it a taste test and adjust salt per your preference.

*Turn off the heat and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.

*Serve it warm with yogurt <3

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XOXO
Rinky


Khus-khus ka Halwa (Poppy Seeds Pudding)

When winter arrives, I only crave for warm, ghee-laden, and splendid halwa (#pudding). It’s a staple in my house for winter breakfasts, and the best part is that this halwa recipe is sugar-free. Piled with fat and nuts, it keeps you full for 3-4 hours. This might be easiest halwa recipe on the planet. You soak the poppy seeds in water overnight or at least 5-6 hours. Then you drain the excess water and grind them to form a paste. Sauté the paste in ghee with cardamom, almond slices, and walnut chunks. Here is the step by step recipe with ingredients –

Ingredients: Serves 3-4

1 cup white poppy seeds
1 1/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup ghee
3-4 green cardamom pods
4-5 tbsps sliced almonds
4-5 tbsps chopped walnuts

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Method: 

*Soak the poppy seeds in water overnight or at least 5-6 hours.

* Now, drain excess water from poppy seeds and grind them to make a fine paste.

*In a heavy bottom pan on medium flame, heat 1/3rd amount of ghee and add the poppy seeds paste. Stir it constantly and roast it until color changes and you can smell the aroma of the paste.

*Add milk, cardamom, and nuts to the roasted poppy seeds paste and cook until it starts leaving ghee on the sides.

*Turn off the heat, and serve this piping hot halwa with say #Americano on the side 🙂  to balance all that fat 😛 Haha! Kidding! Just serve the halwa garnished with almonds for breakfast or as a dessert.

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Thanks for stopping by lovelies!

XOXO
Rinky