Sabudana khichdi (Spiced Tapioca)
- 1-1/2 cups tapioca (sabudana)
- 1/2 cup broken raw peanuts (mungfali)
- 1/2 cup green peas (hari matar)
- 2 green chilies sliced long ways
- 3 tbsp oil
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
- 1/2 tsp black mustard (rai)
- 1/4 tsp turmeric (haldi)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp cilantro finely chopped (hara dhania)
Gently wash then soak tapioca (sabudana) in about 1/2 cup of water for 6 to 8 hours.
Roast the peanuts on medium heat, until they are lightly brown. Keep aside.
Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil; if seed cracks right away then oil is ready. Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds after seeds crack add green chilies and stir for a few seconds.
Next add the green peas and stir fry until peas are tender.
Add the soaked tapioca (sabudana) and stir fry for 3 to 4 minutes ,
Add turmeric, and salt and stir fry on medium heat continuously until tapioca (sabudana) becomes translucence, looks like pearls. Stir gently and making sure tapioca doesn’t get sticky and stuck to each other. This should take about 6 to 7 minutes.
Add peanuts, lemon juice and cilantro (hara dhania), stir gently. Serve hot.
To save time soak the tapioca in warm water for about 2 to 3 hours water should not be hot.
If you don’t stir continuously tapioca will stick to each other.