Instant Pot Sabudana Khichdi / Instant Pot Tapioca Pearl Pilaf: Mahashivratri Special

How to make perfect non-sticky Sabudana Khichdi/Tapioca Pearl Pilaf  in the Instant Pot
Hello Foodies,
          If you are searching for easy, and perfectly non-sticky Sabudana Khichdi recipe, then this recipe is for you. I keep experimenting with my instant pot and this one is the best and perfect recipe, I have developed in my instant pot. Follow my tips to make the non-sticky Sabudana Khichdi using an instant pot. 

           Sabudana Khichdi is comfort food that's most commonly eaten all over India during the fast(during Mahashivratri, Navratri, Ekadashi). Well-made, non-sticky khichdi is a very delicious, healthy and nourishing dish to eat during fasting days. I make Sabudana Khichdi once in a week for breakfast or for light lunch. 
Video Recipe:

            ‘Sabudana’ means ‘Tapioca Pearls’ and ‘Khichdi’ means ‘Pilaf’, so here “Sabudana Khichdi” means “Tapioca Pearl Pilaf”. Khichdi is an Indian one-pot tapioca pearl dish that's vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and easy to digest. In this soaked tapioca pearls cooked with tempering of cumin, green chilies, potato, peanuts, salt, and lemon juice. Lastly garnished with coriander leaves and served with yogurt. It tastes so good! So, this Mahashivratri try making Traditional Fasting dish Sabudana Khichdi in the Instant Pot.

We love this Instant Pot Sabudana Khichdi, cause:
  • It’s Vegan, Gluten-Free and no garlic-no onion recipe.
  • Easy and quick to make 
  • Healthy and Tasty
  • Use very few ingredients
  • It is great for breakfast, lunch or even as an evening snack.
  • It is light on the stomach but keeps you full for some time due to its high energy content.

How to soak Sabudana?
  • An equal amount of Sabudana + equal amount of Water + Soak it for 3-4 Hours or Overnight = Perfectly soaked Sago/Sabudana/Tapioca Pearls
  • Add sabudana in a colander and wash under tap water(cold) until the water runs clear. 
  • Add washed and drained sabudana(1 Cup) into the bowl and add water(1 Cup) and cover keep aside for 5-6 hours(If kept uncovered, the upper layer of sabudana becomes hard).
  • After 5-6 water you will get a perfectly soaked, and non-sticky tapioca pearls. 

Why does Sabudana Khichdi turn so sticky and lumpy?
  • If you soak Sabudana/ Tapioca Pearls in more water than required then it will turn mushy and sticky. 
Here are a few ideas to customize this recipe:
  • You could add a variety of vegetables like sweet potato, tomato, green peas, and carrots.

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes; Cooking Time: 20 Minutes.
Soaking Time: 3-4 Hours.
Each Serving of Sabudana Khichdi / Tapioca Pearl Pilaf Contains 273 Cal.

  • Sabudana/Tapioca Pearl 1 Cup
  • Peanuts Powder (Dry Roasted Peanuts) ½ Cup
  • Potatoes 2, peeled and chopped
  • Green Chilies 5-6 strips, finely chopped 
  • Salt 1 Tsp 
  • Lemon juice 2 tbsp 
  • Cumin seeds 1 Tsp 
  • Coriander leaves 2 Tbsp 
  • Oil/Ghee 2 Tsp
  • Water as needed

To Soak the Sabudana/Tapioca Pearl:
  • Sabudana 1 Cup + Water 1 Cup + Soak it for 3-4 Hours or Overnight = Perfectly soaked Sago/Sabudana/Tapioca Pearls(for more detail check soaking of sabudana)

To Prepare Tempering:
  • In a pan heat oil in a medium flame. 
  • Splutter cumin seeds and roasted finely chopped green chilies. 
  • Add peeled and chopped potatoes and saute and cook for 3-4 minutes. 

To Cook Tapioca Pearl Pilaf/Sabudana Khichdi in the Instant Pot:
  • In a pan add soaked sabudana, peanut powder and salt and mix well. 
  • Now add lemon juice and mix well. 
  • Transfer the tempering of Cumin seeds, green chilies, and potatoes to the sabudana peanut mixture and mix all well. 
  • Add 2 cups of water in the instant pot and place the trivet. 
  • Place the sabudana mixture pan and cover the pan with the lid(you can use aluminum foil to cover the pan). 
  • Close the lid of the instant pot and steam it for 15 minutes using the steam function of the instant pot. 
  • Natural Pressure Release(NPR) for 10 minutes and then release the remaining pressure manually. 
  • Open the lid and take the cover of the pan out. 
  • Mix it with the spoon and you will get a perfectly smooth and non-sticky sabudana khichdi/tapioca pearl Pilaf. 
  • Garnish with the coriander leaves and sabudana khichdi is ready to serve. 
  • Serve Sabudana Khichdi/Tapioca Pearl Pilaf with the milk or Homemade Instant Pot Yogurt. Enjoy!!! 

My Take:
  • Instead of green chilies, you can use red chili powder or black pepper too.
  • Instead of peanuts, you can add cashew nuts or almonds as well.
  • Always cover the sabudana bowl with lid. If kept uncovered, the upper layer of sabudana becomes hard.
  • Do not use hot water for soaking sabudana. Hot water makes sabudana sticky.
  • Quantity of water should be decided according to the quality of Sabudana. Sometimes, sabudana is very crumbly and does not soak much water. In that case, wash the sabudana as per the above method, drain all the water. Cover with the lid and let it sit for 4 hours. Sprinkle little water if requires.

Dietary Comment:
  • The calorie count is based on a 2000 calorie diet.
  • Per serving contains 273 calories, along with 37.76 g carbohydrates, 3 dietary fiber, 12 g fats, and 6 g protein.
  • Portion size can always be increased or decreased depending on your health goals and activity level.
Good Time To Eat:
            It's good to eat Sabudana Khichdi for breakfast, lunch or even as an evening snack.

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