Have you heard of sabudana khichdi recipe for babies and toddlers?
Have you tried any sabudana recipes for your kids?
Here is a healthy and easy-peasy sabudana khichdi recipe for babies and toddlers; even adults.
This sabudane ki khichadi is very popular sabudana preparation in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
As sabudana contains only starch in high content, groundnuts (rich in proteins and fats) are added to increase its nutritional value.
What is sabudana?
Sabudana in English is called pearl tapioca. It is also called tapioca sago and is produced from tapioca roots (cassava), which looks somewhat similar to sweet potato.
Sabudana is made from starch extracted from tapioca root.
Sabudana is a widely used food product in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, West Bengal, and also in Madhya Pradesh in India. It is used mainly while fasting. It is also ideal for babies and kids.
Nutritional benefits of sabudana for adults:
- Rich in carbohydrates, mainly starch
- Contains very low amount of fats. Thus it can be also used as a food for sick or weak persons to gain weight ideally without excess fat in the body
- Boosts energy and thus is ideal dish for breakfast
- Used as aid to certain herbal medicines
- Cool down the body especially when used along with rice
- Helps to reduce the blood pressure due to the potassium present in sago
- Used as thickening agent in gravies or soups
Benefits of sabudana for babies and toddlers:
Sabudana can be given to babies of age 7 months and above. Below are the benefits of pearl tapioca for babies and toddlers.
- The food for babies should be high in nutrient content and should be stomach filling. As sabudana digests slowly, it remains in stomach for more time thus ideal if you are looking for stomach filling food
- It helps in muscle development
- Its high caloric value is ideal for weight gain in babies who are underweight
- Calcium and iron from sabudana helps in healthy bone development
- The starchy pearl tapioca gives delight to your babies’ taste buds and gives them change from routine food
Learning about these benefits of sabudana you must be thinking what kinds of preparations can be given to your babies.
There are many recipes like khichadi, vada, papad, kheer etc. that can be prepared from sabudana/sago.
Sabudana khichdi recipe for babies and kids:
Though green chillies and ground nuts are usually added in the traditional sabudana khichdi, I have customized the recipe for babies and toddlers. For 10m+ babies, you can add powdered ground nuts though.
For babies below 1 year, salt and sugar should be avoided completely. Hence I have kept those ingredients optional.
For toddlers above 1 year, you can add green chillies, powdered ground nuts, coriander leaves and serve it with curd.
Sabudana khichdi recipe for babies and toddlers – preparation method:
Wash and soak sabudana overnight till it becomes soft. Drain the excess water the next day.
Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds. Add the finely chopped potato. Once its cooked, mix the other ingredients except sabudana. Let the ingredients cook well.
Add the drained sabudana and the dry powders. Stir the sabudana every 6-7 minutes until its cooked perfectly turning semi or full transparent.
Mash the sabudana khichdi before giving it for babies.
- Sabudana- 1 cup
- Potato – 1 small (cut into small pieces)
- Cumin seeds- 1 teaspoon
- Groundnuts (crushed) - ½ cup
- Salt- a pinch (optional)
- Sugar- a pinch (optional)
- Coriander powder- a pinch
- Oil – to shallow fry potatoes
- Wash sabudana and drain excess water. Soak sabudana in water overnight so that it turns soft. Check its softness by pressing sago with your fingers.
- Drain the soaked sabudana to remove the excess water.
- Heat oil in a non-stick pan and add cumin seeds.
- Add chopped potatoes and mix.
- Once potatoes get cooked, mix well. Let the mixture cook for a few more minutes.
- Add soaked and drained sabudana. Also dry powders. Mix all the ingredients properly and let sabudana cook for a few minutes.
- Stir sabudana khichadi at 6 to 7 minutes interval till it turns semi transparent and gets cooked.
- While soaking sabudana, don’t forget to drain excess water otherwise sabudana turns sticky while and after cooking
- For toddlers you can add green chillies, salt, sugar and groundnuts in this recipe
- You may even add other vegetables if you like to increase its mineral and fiber content, although classic recipe go with only potatoes
- Cook the dish in low flame to get evenly cooked soft sabudana khichadi.
Sago khichdi is one of the favorite recipes in my family. Hope you liked the step by step methods to make sabudana khichdi recipe for babies and toddlers.
How about you? Have you tried sabudana khichdi for your baby or toddler? Is your child fond of it? What are the other twists you make in this sabudana khichdi recipe to make it more nutritious?
Do share with me in comments.