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Sabudana Kheer (Tapioca Pudding)

Sabudana Kheer or Tapioca Pudding

If you are wondering why suddenly this has converted into a food blog, l don't blame you. I have been cooking/baking up a storm for the past three months and am almost at the end of exhausting my pantry (which was the goal). The recipes I share here are the ones which have been a success. I am archiving this 'unique' period of my kitchen experiments. Partly for myself, partly for the readers who ask for recipes. Hope you find them helpful.

Sabudana, also known as tapioca, was an integral ingredient in our kitchen growing up. It wasn't cooked often, as it is used in dishes consumed during 'religious fasting periods' but whenever made it was inhaled and not eaten. I usually love Sabudana khichdi and vada more but I had purchased a bag earlier this year and needed to cook it in other ways to finish it. I am glad it is done and over with (for now!). 


1/2 cup Sabudana (tapioca or pearl sago)
4 cups (1 liter) Milk
4 tablespoons Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Cardamom Powder (Elaichi)
4-5 Saffron strands(kesar), dissolved in 1 tablespoon Milk
2 tablespoons sliced Almonds 
1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional) 
1/2 cup Water


- Wash sabudana in water and drain them.
- Soak them in 1/2 cup water overnight or for 2 hours minimum. They will absorb almost all water and their size will increase. If you want to use large size sabudana, then soak them in 1 cup water for at least 5 hours before cooking.
- Heat the milk in a heavy bottomed pan over medium flame.
- When milk comes to boil, add soaked sabudana.
- Add sugar and stir well until it dissolves completely.
- Cook them until they turn transparent and soft or for around 10-15 minutes. Make sure to stir continuously.
- Reduce heat to low and add cardamom powder and dissolved saffron.
- Stir continuously and cook until milk turns thick. It will take approx 5-7 minutes.
- Turn off the flame and transfer prepared sabudana kheer to a serving bowl. Garnish it with sliced almonds (and chocolate chips optional) 
- Serve warm or chilled.
- Enjoy!

When kheer cools down it will become thick as sabudana will absorb almost all milk. We like it think but if you want to serve it chilled, then add 1/2 cup milk and mix well before serving.

Sabudana Kheer or Tapioca Pudding

Let me know if you try it.


  1. The pandemic has changed the focus for many of us and that's reflected in our blogs. Cooking and food is a natural for home-based activity. Happy to see it here!


  2. It's not the type of dessert that I love, but ... I have to try it!

  3. Yummy! I'll definitely try this recipe!

  4. Oh my this sounds delicious! For sure want to try to make!

  5. Oh my gosh, this recipe looks delicious! Can't wait to make it for my next get together!


  6. Never had tapioca pudding....always wondered what it was exactly. This sounds delicious, may need to try! xoxo, Sarah

  7. I hate that I don't like tapioca - especially after seeing your recipe BUT my mom loves it so emailing it her way now! She will be so excited to try!

    xo Laura Leigh

  8. Oh wow I've never tried this before! It looks so yummy!


  9. I love how you have been sharing your recipes!! This looks delish.

    xx rebecca //

  10. I've never tried anything like this, but now I'm definitely curious. It sounds like it would have sweetness without being overly sugary. I'm intrigued!

  11. I have never tried a tapioca pudding before, but this recipe sounds delicious and like something I would definitely enjoy xo

    Makeup Muddle

  12. This looks delicious! I'd love to try it out for myself.

  13. I've never had this before but it looks soooo fresh and delicious! I can't wait to make it....yummmmmmm....

  14. LOvely! I just have to try it. Adding it to my Pinterest board of yummy stuff:))

  15. My husband would love these! I might switch out the sugar for a lower carb option, but these look good!

  16. I've never tried this before but it really looks delicious.

  17. Sabudana kheer is my favourite.. But I never made it on my own... The recipe looks good...

  18. Ohh I love puddings like this, looks lovely and creamy :) going to give this one a go

    Laura x

  19. Your recipes are always so unique and usually thinks I've never tried. Love opening my cooking skills to your recipes. Thanks for always sharing!

  20. Never had anything like this but I love pudding!


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