SABUDANA KHICHDI | Authentic Gujarati Style

This authentic Gujarati Sabudana Khichdi is the best comfort food and great for fasting/vrat. Get perfect non-sticky sabudana khichdi with our step by step instructions.

Enjoy with Karak Chai or Plain yogurt.

serving suggesion for sabudana khichdi

Gujarati Sabudana ni Khichdi

This khichdi is eaten either during fasting, especially during Navratri but also Janmasthmi, Mahashivratri, Shravan month, or any other fasting day.

It is a great breakfast dish as it is very high in carbs. This khichdi is not great if you are looking to lose weight!





serving suggestion for sabudana khichdi

What is Sabudana

Sabudana are tapioca pearls. These are commonly found in three different sizes. For sabudana khichdi, we want to use medium TAPIOCA PEARLS.

Other Sabudana Recipes:

Crispy Gujarati Sabudana Vada

Farali Sabudana Vada Chaat

Sabudana Chevdo


Sabudana - we have used medium size. Easily available.

Potatoes - boiled potatoes and cut into cubes. By boiling the potatoes in advance, you will not have to cook on the stove. Your khichdi will have a uniform colour rather than browned potatoes with white sabudana. Also no moisture will drip in the khichdi whilst the potato cooks.

Ginger and green chilli - crushed ginger and green chilli

Peanuts - crush some roasted peanuts until you get coarse peanuts.

Raw peanuts - leave some peanuts whole to add to the vaghar - optional

Curry leaves - add an incredible flavour

Sugar - the sweetness is what gives a wonderful Gujarati flavour. Use powdered sugar so that lwss moisture is released from the sugar (grind the normal sugar in a grinder)

Lemon Juice - lemon juice and sugar together provide the sweet and sour flavour that is quintessentially Gujarati food

Coriander leaves - fresh coriander leaves to serve

Cumin Seeds - for the vaghar

Farali Salt - known as Sindhu Mithu in Gujarati or Sendha Namak in Hindi, use this if making it for fasting otherwise use regular salt.

Oil or ghee - use either peanut or sunflower oil if making it for fasts

What is Sendha Namak?

Sendha Namak is Himalayan Pink Salt. It is especially used for vrat recipes or when fasting. Table salt cannot be used at this time. Sendha Namak is packed with minerals.

Black salt is also known as Sanchar, which cannot be used during fasts. Sanchar has an eggy flavour and has its own unique uses - such as chaat recipes

How to soak sabudana

Firstly, wash the sabudana thoroughly in cold running water to remove carbs as much as possible using colander.

Then lay out flat and pour cold water up until the water just covers the sabudana.

Leave to soak overnight, in the morning you should have perfectly soaked sabudana without any water and when you press it should break the sabudana without any pressure.

1 cup raw sabudana yields almost 2 cups soaked sabudana.

Tips for non-sticky sabudana khichdi:

Use crushed peanuts to help soak up the moisture and prevent the sabudana sticking.

Adding too much sugar will release moisture and cause the sabudana to become sticky

Do not compromise in using oil or ghee. Fat content helps to keep sabudana separate too.

Once the sabudana mixture is added to the vaghar, turn the heat off

Add the lemon juice once the heat is off


Sabudana khichdi is best eaten as soon as it is made.

However, to store leftovers, wait until it has completely cooled before storing in the fridge.

You may use leftover sabudana khichdi in making Crispy Gujarati Sabudana Vada (link is above in the post)


You may add other ingredients such as cashews, almonds or raisins in the vaghar.

Use green coriander chutney to make Hariyali Sabudana Khichdi, and still can be eaten during fast.

You can add a pinch of ground turmeric and red chilli powder if NOT making for vrat.

How to make non-sticky sabudana khichdi Step by Step

Take soaked sabudana in a bowl (check how to soak sabudana above) pic 1.

Add crushed roasted peanuts (pic 2)

Now add boiled, peeled cubes potatoes (pic 3)

Then crushed ginger-chillies (pic 4)

Add salt and sugar (pic 5)

Mix well and leave it aside (pic 6)

step by step instructions for sabudana khichdi recipe

Heat oil in a heavy-based pan (pic 7)

Add cumin seeds (pic 8)

Then peanuts (if using) pic 9

Once cumin seeds splutter add curry leaves (pic 10)

Then add sabudana and potato mixture and quickly stir (pic 11)

After just a couple of minutes, cooking turns off the heat, add lemon juice and freshly chopped coriander (pic 12)

This sago pearl pulao or pilaf is served in a metal tray with a cup of chai tea

Check out our Must Try Vrat Ka Khana for more farali recipes.

Other Breakfast Recipes

Kefir mango lassi

Eggless Mandazi 

No onion Seviyan Upma

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    sabudana khichdi, sago pearls, tapioca pearls, vrat ka khana
    Breakfast, Snacks
    Gujarati, Maharashtrian
    Non sticky Sabudana Khichdi | Khili Khili Sabudana Khichdi | How to make Sago Khichdi or khili khili Gujarati sabudana khichdi recipe for vrat or breakfast with easy to follow a recipe.
    Yield: 4 SERVINGS
    Author: Hayley Dhanecha


    This deliciously vegan and gluten-free Sabudana Khichdi or sago khichdi is ideal for any fasting, vrat or breakfast! Bonus point is that this recipe will make perfect non-sticky khichdi.
    Prep time: 12 hourCook time: 5 MTotal time: 12 H & 5 M


    • 2 cup sago pearls soaked
    • 1/2 cup peanuts roasted and crushed 
    • 3/4 cup boiled potatoes -peeled and cubed 
    • 1 tbsp. peanuts whole
    • 3 tbsp. oil
    • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
    • 2 tbsp. crushed ginger-chillies
    • 6-7 curry leaves
    • 2 tbsp. powdered sugar
    • Rock salt-sendha namak
    • Lemon juice
    • Freshly chopped coriander 
    • Colander
    • Flat tray
    • Heavy based frying pan


    1. In a big bowl mix soaked sabudana, potatoes, chilli-ginger, peanuts, sugar and salt.
    2. In a pan heat oil or ghee.
    3. Add cumin seeds and peanuts.
    4. Once cumin seeds splutter add curry leaves.
    5. Then add sabudana and potato mixture.
    6. Quickly stir for 2 minutes and turn off the heat.
    7. Add lemon juice and coriander.
    8. Serve hot. 


    Check how to soak saubudan for sabudana khichdi above in the post.
    Don't use GHEE for a vegan version.
    You may leave out potatoes if you want.
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    Note: this recipe was originally created and posted on 18th April 2012. Since I have updated with newer images and content. 


    1. yum .. it looks so tempting .. i am sure to try this ..thanks for sharing

    2. Looks yum and brilliant pictures.

    3. Looks delicious. You are right - it takes practice to get this dish right. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Lovely pictures as usual.

    4. yum yum... this is like a must for every Gujju... love it!!

    5. I am making this as soon as I can. that pic is seriously tempting and delicious. thank you a ton for posting this recipe :)

    6. You are right took me time to master this dish...after trial and error.
      Thanks for the tip about steaming the sabudana..will try it.

    7. the khichadi looks so rich with the addition of dry fruits, yumm!

    8. Give me that plate,feel like finishing this yummy khichdi rite now..

    9. I learnt this from one of my friends.. Loved this quick and yummy khichdi and this is a regular one in my kitchen..

    10. its my fav, love it ! looks v delicious

    11. Janmashtami is reaching in 3 days and it was the perfect day to find this recipe. Such a comfort food and best to be eaten in fasts. Thanks for sharing.

    12. Perfectly made sabudana khichdi. Looks so inviting and delicious. Thanks for the tips and tricks - will try your version next time I make it.

    13. Sabudana khichdi looks khili khili every dana separate and lipsmacking good. You said it righti that it takes practice to get this dish right. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Lovely clicks as well.

    14. Beautifully made sabudana khichidi. It's made similarly in maharashtra too. But you are right takes some practice to make a delicious khichidi.

    15. Sabudana Khichdi is one of our favorite lunch or dinner especially on vrat time. Your recipe sounds delicious and looks flavorful too.

    16. My all time favorite during Ekadashi and other fasting days. Like the idea of using boiled potatoes, does make the sabudana khichdi look so much better.

    17. Sabudana khichdi is one of my favourite and this dish is quite tricky though it looks simple...takes time to get it perfect. Thanks for the tip about steaming the sabudana..will try it next time.

    18. Sabudana khichdi is my all time favourite for fasting. I was looking for the difference in Gujarati version as the ingredients are all same and got so fascinated to know that you cook it after adding peanuts, potatoes etc.

    19. How beautiful the khichdi is looking... One of the most preferred fasting dish. Preparation time is more but it hardly takes 10 mins to prepare

    20. So beautifully made jagruti, looks very inviting! I love sabudana khicdi with loads of peanuts, love the crunch munch!! The pictures are so lovely!

    21. Sabudana khichdi is one one of my favourite things to eat. I love it so much that I can have it in breakfast every day without getting bored. The best part is that it gets ready within minutes. Your Sabudana khichdi is also looking very tasty and has made me hungry.


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