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Friday, 22 August 2014

Sabudana / Sago Upma


There are a variety of dishes made from Sabudana / Sago like the Sabudana payasa, Sabudana Khichdi, Sabudana vade, Sabudana Upma and many more. Sabudana is full of starch or carbohydrates and is great for a quick boost of energy, and hence often served in India for breaking fasts during religious festivals. So here comes the general recipe of Sabudana / Sago Upma.






Ingredients for Sabudana / Sago Upma :

1 cup Sabudana / Sago, soaked overnight
2 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp split urad dal
1 tsp channa dal
1 small onion finely chopped
3 green chillies slit
curry leaves
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt to taste

To prepare Sabudana / Sago Upma :



  • Soak the Sabudana / Sago overnight or 3 hr before u cook. 
  • Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds once mustard seeds start splutter add the urad dal and channa dal. When the dals turn brown add the onions, curry leaves and slit green chillies. Saute adding a little bit of salt and the turmeric powder until the onions turn soft and translucent. Add grated carrot and saute for 2 min.
  • Add the completely drained Sabudana / Sago to this mixture and saute until the Sabudana / Sago pearls turn translucent and are cooked completely. 
  • Sprinkle the lemon juice and cook until the juice is completely absorbed. Check for seasoning.  


Tips / Notes:


  • U can add favorite vegetables to make Vegetables Sabudana / Sago Upma.
  • U can add fried peanut for this recipe.
  • Adjust the green chillies and salt quantity as per your requirement.
  • To prepare Sabudana / Sago Tomato Upma, add 2 chopped tomatoes and saute until soft and all the moisture from the tomatoes is cooked out when the onions turn soft and translucent.
  • U can prepare the same recipe without using Onion for fasting recipe.


Health Benefits of Sabudana / Sago  :


  • Sabudana / Sago is extremely low in fat but also low in protein. As it's just starch, other than the carbohydrates, nutrition-wise, sabudana / Sago does not contain any minerals or vitamins and has very low amounts of calcium, iron, and fiber. However, you can make up for this by using other ingredients with it, such as milk for making sabudana / sago kheer/payasam/a thin porridge or vegetables and peanuts for making sabudana khichdi. 
  • Sabudana / Sago powder can be used as a thickening agent in gravy dishes, and sago flour can be used to make flat-breads. Sabudana / Sago can be used while preparing vadas and can prepare pappadums using Sabudana / Sago
  • Sabudana / Sago is full of starch or carbohydrates and is great for a quick boost of energy, and hence often served in India for breaking fasts during religious festivals.
  • Boiled Sabudana / Sago porridge is also great when you're sick because it gives you quick energy and is easy to digest. According to Indian medicine, sago and rice have a cooling effect on the system, hence Sabudana / Sago thin porridge is given if you have excess bile (caused by excess body heat).


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