Most of the Indians love desserts and there is a huge variety of desserts in Indian cuisine. Even in puddings, you will find a vast range in this cuisine and today’s recipe- Sabudana kheer is my favorite Indian pudding.
Sabudana is the Hindi word for tapioca pearls and kheer for pudding. So Sabudana kheer is a pudding made with tapioca pearls.
Though I never was a fussy eater kid, my mother had a tough time making me drink milk. So she used to make puddings or ice creams for us. Of all the puddings she used to make, Sabudana kheer was my favorite not only because it’s delicious but also because I was fascinated by the tiny translucent tapioca pearls of this dish.
Last week we celebrated one of the biggest festivals of Hindus – Navratri. I already shared the details of this festival in my post of Vrat wale alu. As I mentioned there, during the nine days of this festival only the dishes made with a few acceptable ingredients are allowed to eaten and it has to be pure vegetarian.
Sabudana kheer is one such dish that is prepared and eaten during Navratri.
This Indian dessert recipe is very easy to make, needs only 5-6 ingredients which can be easily found in almost every kitchen and is Gluten-free.
There is another easy Indian pudding recipe – Phirni on my blog which is generally served in summers. If you are looking for easy summer desserts you can check that.
Where to buy Tapioca pearls?
Last time when I posted the recipe of Sabudana khichdi, I received a lot of messages from people asking me where to buy Tapioca pearls.
You can very easily find it in every Indian store…I should say every Asian store as its also used in many Southeast Asian recipes.
If there is no Asian store near your place then its also available on Amazon, you can order from there.
How to make Vegan Sabudana Kheer?
If you are a vegan, just replace milk with coconut milk, the rest of this recipe will remain the same. Coconut milk goes best with tapioca pearls.
How to serve Sabudana Kheer?
Sabudana kheer is served both hot and cold. You can decide it based on your liking and also the weather.
I prefer having it chilled.
So don’t miss to enjoy this delicious, easy to make Indian pudding this summer.
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How to make Sabudana Kheer?
- 1 ltr milk preferably full cream, vegans can use coconut milk
- 1/2 cup sugar or as per taste
- 3/4 cup tapioca pearls
- 2 tbsps chopped pistachio you can use any dry fruit of your choice
- 1 tbsp raisins
- 1/2 teaspoon green cardamom powder
- In a thick bottomed pan, boil milk for around 15 minutes. Keep stirring in between to ensure it doesn't stick to the pan otherwise, the whole pudding will get spoiled.
- Wash and drain the tapioca pearls and add them to the boiling milk. Also, add in the cardamom powder and chopped pistachios. Mix everything well and cook on low flame for around 25 minutes or till the tapioca pearls turn translucent and are cooked. Keep stirring in between.
- When the tapioca pearls are cooked, add in the sugar. Mix and cook for another 5 minutes. Switch off the gas and let the pudding rest for around 10 minutes. Serve hot or if you want to eat chilled sabudana kheer, keep it in the fridge for atleast 2-3 hours before serving.
- Don't add sugar to the pudding until the tapioca pearls are cooked otherwise they won't get cooked properly.
- This pudding thickens after a few hours resting time so don't add too much sabudana. Just follow the recipe and it will be fine.
- You can also soak the sabudana in water for atleast 30 minutes in advance to lessen the cooking time.