Importance Of Sabudana in Navratri. Why We Eat, What We Eat!

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By- Pihla Hakola

Importance of Sabudana in Navratri?, 9 Sabudana fast/vrat dishes and sabudana Khichdi recipe-Autumn is here and so are festivities. Sharad Navratri or Navratri in autumn is an auspicious 9 day Hindu festival, celebrated in almost all the states of India and predominantly in Northern and western states,  In the Honour of Devi or Goddess Durga that is why this festival is also called Durga Pooja. It is a synonym to win of good on evil as Goddess Durga defeats and wins a battle against Mahisasur an epitome of bad. In Northern India, end of Navratri is also marked by Dashehra and Ramlila, while in western state of Gujarat massive Dandiya nights are organised.


In these 9 days followers of Hinduism, keep fast and perform restraint from non-veg, alcohol, garlic, preservatives and onion. So what to eat during fast? Its allowed to eat non-grain food items like potato, colocasia root/arbi, gaurd/lauki, tomato, milk items, buckwheat/Kuttu atta, sweet potato/shakargandi, dryfruits, fresh fruits and tapioca/sabudana. And devotees have transformed these plain ingredients into some awesome dishes.

What is Sabudana?

Coming to Sabudana or Tapioca seeds, Tapioca seeds are actually made from starch extracted from cassava root. Cassava is a good example of a plant that thrives on a poor soil quality. These are a staple during Navratri in India. Well I enjoy it so much so that after greed of goddess’s blessings, dishes made with tapioca seeds are one main reason of me keeping these fasts. Leading to the question that why we eat sabudana /tapioca can be answered by saying that these seeds are not grains and that qualifies it to be allowed during fasting.


9 Sabudana Dishes For Navratri Fast

Sabudana are nutrition less but provide instant energy converting to glucose once consumed. So here is what you can cook and eat with these white pearl like looking starch balls.

sabuddana recipe

Thats right we can make Sabudana Kheer, Sabuddana Vada, Sabuddana Laddoo, Sabuddana Tikki, Sabuddana Khichdi, Sabuddana Thalipeeth, Sabudana Chiwda, Sabudana Bhel and Sabuddana Pakora. With almost same and extremely simple ingredients, but different herbs/spices and different method of preparations enjoy 9 different Tapioca fast/vrat dishes.

Sabudana/Tapioca Khichdi

Cooking time– 30 min

Serving– 2 people


1 cup Tapioca seeds soaked in water for more than 2 hours
1/4th cup roasted and grounded peanuts
1-2 teaspoon oil
1 peeled and chopped potato
few whole roasted peanuts
1-2 green chilies
Sendha Namak or rock salt
Cumin seeds
1 lemon and coriander leaves

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  1. Heat a pan or wok add 2 teaspoon oil
  2. Add peeled and chopped potato on low flame, take them out as soon as they turn crispy.
  3. In the same oil add cumin seeds, stir a little till they split.
  4. Add green chiliespotato and chilies
  5. Add whole roasted peanuts and crispy potatoesroasted peanuts
  6. Now add Tapioca seeds after straining all the water from it.
  7. Season it with Sendha Namaksabiddana khichdi
  8. mix well and close the lid for a min or 2
  9. now add powdered peanuts and lemon juice as per taste then mix well

Garnish with coriander l eave and serve with hot tea or curd.

curd and sabudana khichdi

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