It’s the Navratri festival right now where Hindus in Northern parts of India fast for 9 days. During these fasts, we don’t consume grains, regular salt, onions, and garlic. Sabudana khichdi or sago porridge is one of the staple fasting dishes in India. It’s made in Maharashtra for breakfast and as a snack. Since I made this during my Navratri fasts, I didn’t add any onions and any other veg other than potatoes.

Also, if you are fasting then, don’t forget to see my Fasting/vrat special recipes:

  1. Kuttu – Kele ki Kadhi (Buckwheat flour – Raw Banana Curry)
  2. Vrat Thali: Makhana Kadhi – Pesto Paneer Tikka – Samak Pulao
  3. Buckwheat Crepes
  4. Infused water for keeping yourself hydrated

How do you like your Sabudana khichdi?

COOKING TIME: 10 minutes



  1. Sabudana seeds or sago – 1 cup
  2. Peanuts – 2 tablespoon
  3. Potato – 1, medium
  4. Green chilli – 1
  5. Curry Leaves – 7-8
  6. Ginger – 1 small piece
  7. Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon
  8. Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon
  9. Coriander – ¼ cup
  10. Vegetable Oil or ghee – 2 tablespoon
  11. Fruit Salt – to taste


  1. Wash the Sabudana/sago seeds for 5-7 times till the water starts getting clear and all the excess starch is removed.
  2. Soak the sabudana/sago seeds for at least 4-5 hours. Add enough water so that the sabudana is submerged and is 2-3 inches above the sabudana layer.
Soaked Sabudana

3. Dry roast some peanuts and remove their outer skin once they cool. Coarsely crush these peanuts.
4. Heat oil in a wok and fry some more peanuts and keep aside.
5. Peel and cut the potatoes into small pieces and fry them until golden brown. Remove from the wok.
6. Add mustard seeds and allow them to crackle.
7. Then add curry leaves, ginger and green chilli.

Prepare tempering

8. Drain 95% water from the sabudana and add them to the wok.
9. Add the fried peanuts and potatoes and add some fruit salt.

Add soaked sabudana and peanuts

10. Let it cook for 4-5 minutes on low flame till it begins to leave the sides and then add the lemon juice.
11. Add the crushed roasted peanuts.
12. Serve hot with curd and chutney.


  1. You can add onions and veggies like carrots, beans and peas.
  2. I have added fruit salt to this recipe, you could replace it with regular salt if you don’t have fruit salt or if you are not fasting.
  3. Sabudana/sago doubles in size, so take a small quantity as per need.