Sabudana Kitchadi/Braised Tapioca

Sabudana Kitchadi is one of my favorite snacks. My friend, Chhaya, made this dish for us at her home, several years ago. As we enjoyed it so much, she shared her recipe.


Sabudana Kitchadi/Savory Tapioca with Potato

My first few attempts to make this dish were not successful. I would get a mass of tapioca jelly, rather than a pearl like consistency. With Chhaya's patient instructions & my persistence, I was finally able to get the dish looking and tasting a lot like hers.

Chhaya's tip for a successful outcome is, once the tapioca is added to the ingredients in the pot, it must be quickly blended, just a few seconds & not cook on the heat for a long period.

Once I followed this tip, I achieved good results. Here is the recipe for Sabudana Kichadi, which may be eaten as a main meals as well.


  • 1 cup sabudana/tapioca
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 medium sized potato
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp.mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp.cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder
  • ½ cup crushed peanuts
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro/coriander leaves/dhania
  • 2-3 finely sliced green chilies. (use fewer or none, if you don't like spicy food)
  • 3 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 4 tblsp. Canola oil


  • Rinse Sabudana. Add 1 cup of water & let it soak for at least 8 hours. Toss after a few hours so all sides absorb water
  • Peel and cube potatoes into small pieces
  • Either boil potato in water, or microwave potato in a small bowl of water for 5 minutes
  • The potato is ready when it feels soft to the touch. Keep aside
  • Wash coriander leaves & chilies. Chop finely
  • Roast peanuts or use the store bought variety & crush with a mortar and pestle or any method you prefer
  • Heat oil. Add mustard & cumin seeds. The seeds will pop, so keep the lid on
  • If using turmeric, add at this stage. Add the potatoes & chili and sauté
  • Sprinkle salt. When potatoes are soft, add sabudana/tapioca. Stir to blend in with spices for about 2-3 seconds
  • Now add the crushed peanuts, followed by chopped cilantro & lemon juice
  • Stir all ingredients. Test for salt. Then remove from heat
  • Serve & enjoy

Sabudana Kitchadi just cooked

Sabudana Kitchadi Just cooked in pan. No turmeric used

Sabudana Kitchadi when cooked with turmeric

Sabudana Kitchadi when cooked with turmeric

Sabudana with nuts and potato being cooked

Sabudana Kitchadi, almost the final stage of cooking

Potato pieces with spices braising in oil

Potato braising in a mix of chili, mustard & cumin seeds

Sabudana after being soaked

Sabudana/Tapioca in it's orginal state, on left. On the right, Sabudana after being soaked

For other recipes by Chhaya check:
Sautéed Bell Peppers with Chickpea Flour

Poha Cutlets

Sabudana Wada/Tapioca Patties

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