Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Sabudana / Sago Upma

A simple Sabudana and potato combo preparation, which is light on the stomach. These sago pearls are commonly used as a fast time food in northern India.

Ingredients

1 cup - Sago / Sabudana
1 big - Boiled potato, cubed

Seasoning

1/2 tsp - Mustard seeds
1/2 tsp - Urad dal
1/2 tsp - Jeera seeds
2 - Whole dry red chili
1 sprig - Curry leaves
4 to 5 big - Shallots, diced
1/4 tsp - Red chili powder
1/4 tsp - Turmeric powder
Salt to taste

Method

1 ) Wash and soak sago in enough water to cover sago. Soak sago overnight. Drain water from sago and set aside.

2 ) In a kadai heat oil, add mustard seeds, pop it, add jeera, urad dal, dry red chili and fry in oil. Add curry leaves, shallots and fry shallots to light brown. Add red chili and turmeric powder, for a second, add potato and mix and stir. Add salt to taste.

3 ) Now lower the heat to very low heat, this is very important step to make to get a non- soggy sago. Now when the pan is not very hot, add sago, stir and cook for 2 to 3 minutes covered with a lid. Sago will cook fast. Otherwise place sago in a microwave safe bowl, add the seasoning potato mixture to the sago and mix in well. Microwave for 2 to 3 minutes, breaking the cooking time 1 minute each. Cook till sago is translucent.

Serve for breakfast.

Purnima suggests a variation to this recipe and also to get a non soggy sago in the end, which she learned from Shilpa of Aayi's Recipes - "Pravs, we call it sabudana Khichidi (in mumbai lingo) I make this quite often on gas top with a variation, soak time -30 mins, drain in colander, cover colander with tight fitting lid, leave overnight, fluff with a fork or hand, add fistfull of roasted crushed peanuts, salt n sugar to sago stir with hands, then same process - the sago grains don't stick to each other that way". - Thanks to Purnima & Shilpa.

To microwave potato : Wash one potato. Pierce deep into the potato two times, down to the center. Wrap the potato in a moist paper towel. Place in microwave and microwave for 3 minutes.

19 comments:

Dhivya said...

wow!creative one:))new to me.must try

Namratha said...

That's a yummy plate of Sago upma Pravs :)

Cham said...

Hum great sabudana upma :) Lovely pic

Divya Vikram said...

I have had this once..Liked it a lot.will try it soon

Seema said...

Love Sabudana Kichidi... Great one!!

Red Chillies said...

I love anything with Sabudana. Looks yummy!

Jayashree said...

Quick and easy one....nice pic.

Saswati said...

Pravs mine always becomes sticky..yours look gr8:)

Sia said...

almost like a sabudana kichidi isn't it??? i cant wait to try this one pravs.

easycrafts said...

You lovely snap reminds me that its very long since i made my favourite upma.

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Mine always become soggy...Yours looks very yummy :)

Purnima said...

Pravs, we call it sabudana Khichidi (in mumbai lingo) I make this quite often on gas topwith a variation, soak time -30 mins, drain in colander, cover colander with tight fitting lid, leave overnight, fluff with a fork or hand, add fistfull of roasted crushed peanuts,salt n sugar to sago stir with hands, then same process - the sago grains don't stick to each other that way.Liked ur idea of using onions too..shall make it your way for seasoning next time! thks for sharing~!

Richa said...

lovely, looks so tempting, it is such a fasting fav!
i've never tried it without nuts, shud give this a try sometime :)

sandhya said...

nice upma... will surely try this one..

Kalai said...

Looks wonderful!! Great idea for a quick and light breakfast! Thanks, Pravs! :)

sindhu said...

praveena....is this same as sabudana khichdi? looks similar to that.i like this khichdi alot. plz lemme know...

Pravs said...

Sindhu : I think the khichdi has coarsely powdered peanuts, as purnima suggests, for - two cups of sago - add sugar 3 tsp, half tsp salt 1/4th cup peanuts...rest follow as this recipe with no urad dal.

Purnima said...

Pravs, please credit Shilpa of Aayi's Recipes for that step of soaking and draining, its from her that I got these separated grains!! Thankyou!!

Lalitha S.K. said...

Hi,

I tried ur sago upma recipe today. It came out well. Thanks for ur recipe.