While Sabudana is a popular dish during the religious fasting days of the year, the healthy ingredient is gaining widespread popularity as a Superfood because of its multiple health benefits. Also known as Tapioca pearls or saggubiyam or sago, it is a good source of protein, which helps with muscle building, healing and strengthening.
Other than bringing a lot of protein to the table, Tapioca pearls are rich in iron and calcium, which helps maintain bone health. It won’t be wrong to call it a magic ingredient as loaded with carbohydrates, it has the power to make you feel energetic in a matter of minutes. This has made it a popular ingredient among all the health freaks and gym enthusiasts.
But if you are not a big fan of Sabudana, we have 3 easy yet delicious recipes for you that will change your thinking about this magic ingredient. Have a look!
Thalipeeth is a delicious Indian pancake which is toasted or lightly pan-fried. All you have to do is-
Soak the 2-3 cups of Sabudana overnight or for 3-4 hours and add 2 medium sized mashed (boiled) potatoes, cumin seeds, peanuts, ginger, chillies, coriander leaves, salt, sugar, and lemon.
Mix all the ingredients then divide the mix into small, but equal parts. Flatten these small Sabudana portions with your hands and fry them on a non-stick pan on medium flame.
Since it is not deep fried, it serves as a wonderful healthy snack for your breakfast.
Who doesn’t like desserts? And when you have a healthy way of having it, you fall in love with desserts all over again. Sabudana Kheer is creamy, smooth and easy to make.
Take ½ cup Sabudana and rinse it till the water runs clear of the starch. Put these Tapioca pearls in a pan with water and let them soak for 15-20 minutes.
Now put this on heat and after 4-5 minutes, add warm milk to the pan. Let the pearls get softened in milk with continuous stirring. Then add sugar and cardamom according to your taste. Keep stirring occasionally for 20-25 minutes.
Once you have your desired consistency, the kheer is ready to be served, Garnish it with saffron strands and relish the taste.
Nothing can be this quick and easy than the delicious Sabudana Bhel. All you need are boiled potatoes, roasted peanuts and cashews.
Rinse the Sabudana and soak it overnight or for 3-4 hours.
In a pan, heat 2 tsp oil and add these Tapioca pearls to it, keep stirring them while sauting them. After cooking them till transparent and soft, add chopped potatoes, roasted peanuts and cashews, chilli powder, rock salt and chaat masala according to your taste.
Garnish the bhel with coriander leaves.
(Also read: Here's how to prepare Sabudana Khichdi for Navratri vrats)
Sabudana has a wide variety of health benefits attached to it. It keeps your blood pressure in control and even prevents gas, indigestion and constipation problems. Even doctors recommend eating a bowl of Sabudana daily. So indulge yourself with some healthy cooking and enjoy it as an evening snack or morning breakfast