Monday, May 25, 2009

Sabudana the microwave

One of the biggest surprises when I moved to Dubai from Bombay was that I could call the gas company and they would send a cylinder within minutes!! Now that was a huge relief for me and also for Terradaze - I had been so terrible with booking gas cylinders in Bombay that there had been umpteen number of times that I would dispatch him to the agent's depot to get a cylinder.

Of course, I hadn't reckoned with Murphy. Yeah, the same guy who lands up when he shouldn't!

And so, there was this day when I invited some people over for a Diwali breakfast. Before they came, Murphy knocked. The gas ran out early in the morning - no sweat, for the the gas co. had faithfully delivered the cylinder withing minutes of calling them in the past. But apparently, we hadn't read the fine print - on Fridays, they would send in the cylinders only after the afternoon prayers!

I had planned to make sabudana khichdi and I desperately wanted to make it for my guests, especially considering that it was amongst the few things that I made very well.

Now what?

Well...I did have my trusted microwave. I have always cooked extensively in the microwave - do check out my microwave paneer jalfrezi , chicken kebabs and the simple bread pudding - but would I dare to make sabudana khichdi in the microwave?

As it turns out, I have never made sabudana khichdi on the stove top again!

Sabudana Khichdi


Sago - 1/2 cup
Peanuts - roasted, peeled and coarsely powdered - 5 tbsps
Potato - 1, peeled and chopped, optional
Green chillies - 3
Dried red chillies - 2
Cumin seeds - 2 tsps
Curry leaves - 10
Coriander leaves, finely chopped - 2 tbsp
Juice of half a lemon
Sugar - 2 tsps
Salt - to taste
Oil/ghee - 2 tbsps


Wash the sago under running water, then soak in water for a couple of hours. Drain the water and wash the sago once again. Cover the sago a moist cheesecloth; let it sit overnight or at least 6 hrs, at the end of which the sago should turn soft and spongy.
Peel and chop the potatoes into small cubes and soak them in water; after 10 minutes, discard the water.

Mix the peanut powder, salt and sugar in the sago, toss till the sago is nicely coated with the peanut powder.

Heat oil/ghee for a minute in the m/w. Pop in the cumin seeds and m/w on high for a minute. Add the curry leaves, red chillies and green chillies and m/w for another 40 seconds.

If using potatoes, add them in and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until they are tender.

Add the sago and m/w for 4 minutes ( more or less, depending on the power of your m/w), stirring after every minute. When the waxy looking sago turns translucent, the khichdi is done. Add coriander leaves and lemon juice and m/w for a minute.

Serve hot with some green chutney or some swetened yogurt.

Easy as it sounds, sabudana khichdi is very easy to mess up. Here's what I do to ensure that my khichdi ends up nice and fluffy - spread the sago on a kitchen towel for a few minutes before mixing in the peanut powder - this works like magic - the excess water, if any, gets completely absorbed and the khichdi will not be soggy, I assure you.


  1. WOw its looking so delicious.. my favourite .

  2. Sago khichdi as microwave version look delicious and prefect!

  3. sabudana khichdi in microwave? great...I have to try it

  4. Oh wow simple to make and delish....

  5. I hav enev erhad this, looks yumm.
    WHen i came here i was too surprised about the gas, here it is just flowing like nothing.
    We don't have cylinder system here.

  6. I've been thinking of making this one in microwave for some time now, but wasn't sure. Thanks for giving it a heads up.

    Oh! and Bombay has piped gas now at most places so no looking for cylinders :)

  7. Hmm sabudana khichdi looks yum yum..nice microwave version :)

  8. Love this verison for a busy weekday !

  9. My favorite but never tried in microwave.

  10. This recipe is such a help ... I have always wanted to try this in the mw. Great tip too! :-)

  11. yeah my Mil too follows this method(leaving on cloth and adding peanut powder)..urs looks fantastic :-)

  12. Hi AD,
    Lucky bug u girl!!:) gas cylinders within minutes of callin, we have to wait for a week after booking!!!!!!!!!!!!I am going green with envy ;)naaaaaaa kidding!

    super fast m/w method sabudana khichdi..looks fluffy and yumm, ur foot note is damn helpful thanks :)

  13. thats the first thing that struck me when i saw the pics. that the khichdi isnt 'soggy' or 'mushy'. and doing this in the microwave is truly an achievement!

  14. Wow,That khichadi looks so yummy. I luv sabhudana. Looks so easy to make in microwave:).

  15. I love sabudana khichdi, Iam not too fond of cooking MV so I always use the stove top method

  16. Hmm.. Looks awesome! Nice try and a wonderful recipe..

  17. Wow it looks very yummy and mW's are the best during summer!!!

  18. U ve done perfectly look like pearl in plate!

  19. wow love this khichdi my mil makes them during her fasts...:P

  20. Looks so gud...I never get sabudana khichdi like this..

  21. Sabudana a microwave....:) Wow cudnt believe my eyes...yummy looking one.You are a master in microwave cooking i guess:-)

  22. Yum Yum Khichdi,can't believe you made it so well in a MW.I cook on electric stove,I remember that unfortunate day when I invited some friends over and was about to give dum to my biryani,all of a sudden the circuit of the stove went toodle-loo,thankfully I had a friendly neighbor who allowed to finish my cooking at her place:)

  23. I love sabudana khichdi, but i can never make it right. This looks so well done, all the grains separate. that too in the MC!!

    BTW.. I had found the Roselle here & make the cooler. Isn't it just awesome.. reminds me that i have some more left & this is just the right weather to do it!

  24. Sabudana khichdi is one of my fave things to snack on in between meals. Never tried microwaving it. Looks just as delish!

  25. Looks perfect, I make this all the time but have never tried it in the microwave !

  26. thank you so much ladies...sorry that I have not acknowledged your comments or been around blog hopping, just have been incredibly busy!

  27. I also love sabudhana khichdi (and wadas too) but never made it in the MW. Shall try this.


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