Mahashivratri 2024: Why Sabudana Khichdi Is Perfect For Fasting
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Sabudana is a popular ingredient used in many Indian dishes. It is made from starch extracted from tapioca roots. Tapioca is a tropical crop that grows well in warm and humid climates. In India, sabudana is primarily grown in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. These states have ideal conditions for growing tapioca - plenty of rainfall and moderately warm temperatures. Tapioca needs sandy or loamy soils that are well-drained. It requires frequent rainfall throughout its growth period. Too much waterlogging can ruin the crop.   

It is the most popular dish during fasting seasons in India. Many people make it differently, but the basics are the same. This tasty, filling dish is perfect for Hindu fasting days like Navratri, Mahashivratri, and Ekadashi. With its mix of textures and flavours, Sabudana Khichdi is a must-have for vrat. This easy, comforting recipe brings comfort and satisfaction during fasts. 

It is also eaten for breakfast. This wholesome dish can be eaten on its own or served with a side of yoghurt. Some also enjoy sabudana khichdi with boondi raita, which is a tempering of fried chickpea flour dumplings in yoghurt. However, you choose to eat it, sabudana khichdi is the perfect light yet filling meal. 

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History Of Sabudana 

It is said that once the kingdom of Travancore in Kerala faced a terrible famine when King Ayilyam Thirunal Rama Varma ruled there. His brother Vishakham Thirunal Maharaja, who was a botanist, brought a special crop called sago from Brazil to help the people. This was around 1860. The new crop saved many lives. That's the story of how Sabudana first came to Kerala and from there to the rest of the nation and subcontinent!  

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Spiritual Significance of Sabudana  

Fasting times are when people abstain from eating grains or some other foods. Sabudana is a good food to eat instead. It is gluten-free, easy to digest, and gives you energy for a long time. Sabudana khichdi is considered to be perfect for all ritual fasts in Hinduism as these pearl-like ingredient hails not from a grain, but the very roots of the tapioca plant. Its classification as sattvik - pure, natural, and light - makes sabudana a staple in religious and spiritual communities.  

Here is a list of the other ingredients usually added in a sabudana khichdi and why they are perfect for your fast. 

Potato - Potatoes have carbs and vitamins, and fiber that makes you feel full. Eating potatoes while fasting can help you feel satisfied. 

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Curry Leaves - Curry leaves have lots of vitamins like C, iron, and calcium. These leaves also give you fiber to help your tummy work right. Curry leaves can even keep your blood sugar normal. That's why people like to eat them when fasting. These little leaves pack a big healthy punch! 

Peanuts - Peanuts are great to eat during fasting. They have lots of protein that helps your muscles stay strong when you don't eat for a while.  

Green Chillies - Green chilis make a great food to eat when fasting. They don't have many calories. They help speed up the metabolism. Eating green chilis during fasting can help you feel full and energized while you fast. 

Cumin Seeds – Cumin seeds or jeera makes fasting foods taste yummy! This spice has a strong, earthy flavour. It's used in many recipes when fasting. It helps your stomach work right. And it's full of vitamins and minerals to keep you strong. Just a pinch of jeera can make fasting foods come alive with flavour! 

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Coriander Leaves - Coriander is an amazing herb! It smells nice and helps your body in so many ways. It can lower blood sugar, fight germs, and keep your heart, brain, skin, and tummy healthy. That's why people use it when fasting. Coriander makes fasting easier and healthier! 

Sendha Namak - Sendha Namak salt is the most natural salt around. It's not processed at all. When you fast, Sendha Namak helps keep you feeling cool. Other salts make your insides hot. Sendha Namak is gentle on your body when you fast. It's the purest, most natural salt for fasting. 


Soak the sabudana pearls overnight. When soft, drain and mix with roasted crushed peanuts, salt, and sugar. Now fry cumin seeds in oil. Add curry leaves, green chili, ginger, and boiled potatoes. Sauté. Add the sabudana and cook for a few minutes. Turn off heat. Squeeze lemon juice and mix in cilantro. Top with more cilantro and lemon before serving. Enjoy this tasty sabudana khichdi with some yogurt or chutney! Simple and delicious.