Most people like to eat sago during fast. Sabudana Khichdi is a delicious Indian breakfast and fasting food for festivals like Navratri and Shivratri. It contains starch content, which keeps your stomach full for a long time. It’s tasty, it’s easy to make and keep you full for a long time. Sago khichdi can be prepared using two types of sabudana (sago), large and small. This easy to prepare recipe uses small sized pearl sabudana as it reduces the preparation time as well as gives even taste in every spoonful.
100 grams of tapioca pearls contain 10.99 g water and 358 kcal.
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If you want to weight gain, sabudana are the right food as they contain good amounts of carbohydrates and calories. Around 100 grams of sabudana contain 88.69 grams carbohydrates and 358 calories. Eating more calories than what your body needs will make you gain weight. As sabudana is a starchy food, you will gain weight easily.Provides energy
One of the main reasons why sabudana is a must-have food during Navratri fasting is it provides the body with energy . Some people break their fast with sabudana khichdi or pudding to give their body instant energy. Also, sago porridge is effectively known to treat excess bile as it provides a cooling effect to reduce the body's heat while you are on a fast.Aids in muscle growth
If you are a vegetarian, sabudana is a great source of protein which is required for the growth of muscles, repairs damaged cells and tissues and also help in cell growth . Apart from muscle growth, this comfort food also lets you gain physical strength. So vegetarians, you can start eating sabudana for your daily protein intake. Also, if you want to build muscles sabudana can be a great food to have as a pre and post workout snack.Strengthens bones
Although the mineral content in tapioca pearls is limited, they have calcium, magnesium and iron. All these minerals help in the creation of bone tissues which strengthens bone mineral density, prevents arthritis and osteoporosis . Have a bowl of sabudana khichdi daily to maintain bone health and improve bone flexibility.Lowers blood pressure
Sabudana contains significant amounts of potassium which is known to keep your blood pressure under control. This mineral acts as a vasodilator which works by relaxing the tension in the blood vessels and open them up. This promotes healthy blood flow through the blood vessels, as a result, blood pressure is lowered and there is less strain in the heart.Non-allergic in nature
Tapioca or sabudana is free of gluten, nuts and grains so people who are sensitive to gluten, having celiac disease and nut allergies will not have a problem consuming this food . You can use tapioca flour instead of refined white flour as the latter contains gluten. Tapioca flour is considered the best alternative to white flourUseful Tips
If you soak sabudana in excess water, then it will turn mushy and sticky.
If it is too dry while cooking (in step-7), then sprinkle 1 tablespoon water at a time over it and mix well. Sprinkle as much water as required until it is cooked and turns transparent. Do not add too much water in single go otherwise it will turn sticky.
If you are using large sized sago, then soak them overnight in water. 2 hours of soaking is not sufficient for it.