Sago pudding / Sabudana Kheer

sago kheer.JPGSago / tapioca pearls pudding / Sabudana Kheer

During Navratri Sago / tapioca pearls / Sabudana is a common food consumed, when one is fasting. Sago / tapioca pearls / Sabudana  is a starch extract of the cassava plant. But not only Indians use this root, it is used across the world, including countries like South America and Brazil, tapioca is one of the most widely sold plants all over the world.

Hi friends In Hindi sabudana , edible starch which is obtained from a palm and is a staple food in parts of the tropics. The pith inside the trunk is scraped out, washed, and dried to produce a flour or processed to produce the granular sago used in the West. It a sweet dish made from sago and milk. The palm from which most sago is obtained, growing in freshwater swamps in SE Asia.

Prep Time : 25 minutes

Cook time : 30-40 minutes

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Desserts

Level Of Cooking : easy

Serve : 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tea cup Sago soaked
  • 500 ml Milk
  • a tiny pinch Saffron /kesar
  • 2 tbsp Almonds, slivered
  • 1/2 tea cup Sugar
  • 6 Green cardamoms, powdered

Method

Step 1.

Soak the sago /Tapioca pearls / sabudana in water for 10 minutes.

Step 2.

In a non stick sauce pan boil milk with sugar and the saffron, reduce the heat and cook milk on low heat till it thickens a little. Add the sago /Tapioca pearls / sabudana after draining the water.

Step 3.

Cook on low flame, stirring intermittently, till the sago /Tapioca pearls / sabudana is well cooked. sago /Tapioca pearls / sabudana becomes swollen and semi-transparent.

Step 4.

Add green cardamom powder and mix. and let the kheer thicken a bit.

Step 5.

Garnish the kheer with slivered almonds, serve hot or chill.

Health benefits of sago /Tapioca pearls / sabudana

Helps muscle growth
If you’re a vegetarian looking for a healthy protein source, you can include tapioca in your diet. It contains large amounts of protein that can help muscle growth and strengthening, healing and other cellular function requiring proteins.

Improves bone health

Tapioca contains calcium, iron and vitamin K in abundance, which plays a very important role in maintaining bone health and improving flexibility. It also helps get rid of fatigue keeping you energised throughout the day.

Keeps blood pressure under control
Another great health benefit of tapioca is that it helps maintenance of blood pressure. The potassium content in tapioca improves blood circulation, which in turn, reduces the strain on your cardiovascular system.

Helps give your energy levels a boost 
Some of us often feel like we don’t have enough energy to keep ourselves going throughout the day. A great way to keep your batteries charged would be adding tapioca to your diet. Since tapioca is full of carbohydrates, it is a quick and healthy way to give your flailing energy reserves a boost.

Helps you gain weight
If you want to gain weight, then tapioca is exactly what you need. Packed with carbohydrates, this root makes weight-gain quick and easy. A perfect supplement for people suffering from eating disorders or those who want to gain weight, tapioca is cheap, easy to cook and definitely more healthy than artificial supplements.

Prevents birth defects
Tapioca contains folic acid and vitamin B complex which help in the proper formation of a foetus, protecting it against common birth defects like neural tube defect.

Improves digestion
Tapioca can give your digestive system a boost too. Known to help resolve common digestive disorders like constipation, indigestion, bloating and flatulence, tapioca also helps keep a check on your cholesterol levels, helping you stay healthy.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/diseases-conditions/7-health-benefits-of-sabudana-or-tapioca/

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  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
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