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I have not cooked much with Saboodhna or tapioca pearls because the few occasions I’ve had it, it has always been really oily, be it as kichdi or vadas. The only right place in my mind for saboodhana is either as a vadam (vadagam) or in payasam! The further disincentive is no one in my family is particularly crazy about it either!
But I saw several saboodhana kichdi posts in the past several weeks and decided I must give this grain another fair chance!
Sadly to the best of my knowledge, tapioca per se has no health benefits – it is starchy and very high in calories, but this has somehow been a staple in Maharastra India as khicdi and vadas– while finding its way to the south in kheers and vadams!
So to add some nutritive value to it, I decided to cook it with spinach and it tasted really good
Here is how I went about it
1cup of white peal Saboodhana (soaked for 4-6 hours)
1-12oz pack of frozen spinach (thawed) or 2 cups of fresh chopped spinach
¼ cup of peanuts (crushed)
2-3 green chilies
¼ cup grated coconut
Mustard, urad dal, asafetida to temper with in 1 tsp of oil
Salt to taste
Drain the excess water from the soaked saboodhana
Put it in a pressure cooker and steam without putting the whistle
Wait a couple of minutes after it starts steaming loudly before putting off
This process considerably reduces the amount of oil used – This is one dish that, like eggplant or arbi, can soak up tons of oil
In a pan temper with 1tsp of oil mustards, urad dal and asafetida
Ad the green chilies and the thawed spinach and add into pan and stir fry for a minute or two
Now add the saboodhana and mix in well with the spinach
Add salt and stir in
In another pan, dry roast the grated coconuts and add to the kichdi
Open cook for a minute or two until all ingredients are absorbed into one another.
Garnish with the crushed peanuts and serve hot J