Pudina Sabudana Khichdi | Mint Tapioca Pilaf

Khichdi / Khichri / Khechidi !!

After reading above line, you may either like it or make faces at it like how kids do 😉

Well, the khichdi is an Indian version of culinary comfort which is basically made from rice and lentils. The term Khichdi is derived from Sanskrit word ‘khiccā’ which means a dish of rice and legumes. In Indian culture, khichdi is considered to be one of the first solid food that babies feed. Khichdi is a wholesome, nutritious, healthiest food in India and yes, it is prepared in each and every house of Indian subcontinent. (https://www.redmanpowerchair.com/)

Khichdi is the best option while feeling sick and needing some light food. Eating khichdi is very beneficial for overall health. This dish has various health benefits since it is a wholesome meal, easy to digest, gluten free as well. The dish khichdi is versatile one, but supposed to be cooked in a single simmering pot for each version. The dish is widely prepared in many Indian states like Odisha, Bengal, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat. The most common vegetables used in khichdi are potato, green peas, cauliflower etc. Khichdi is commonly served as it is or with any choice-able side dish like pickles, kadhi, papad etc.

In my home state Odisha, this dish is named as Khechidi. There are varieties of khechidi in Odisha like adahengu khechidi (ginger-asafoetida khichdi), muga dali khechudi (moong dal khichdi) etc. Adahengu khechidi is a popular dish in the Jagannath Temple,Puri as well. I will share another post regarding this adahengu khechidi soon on my blog. Well, this Monday the theme for Foodie Monday Blog Hop is decided as ‘Khichdi’. So I have prepared sago or sabudana khichdi, but added a pudina or mint flavor to the plain sabudana khichdi. Do try must this twisted version of sabudana khichdi during fasting days.

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Sabudana khichdi is usually prepared and eaten most during the fasting days like navratri or any festivals. This is so easy to prepare, but requires some practices to get the perfect texture of the sabudana pearls which results is non-sticky sabudana khichdi. So the key point is with the soaking procedure. Below in the method part, I have mentioned in details about the soaking of sabudana. In sabudana khichdi, the peanuts which are added is the source of protein where as sabudana or tapioca is the rich source of carbohydrate and thus this khichdi is great for a quick boost of energy mainly during fasting. 

By adding the pudina or mint flavor, the bland taste of the sabudana’ll turn into lip smacking one. This pudina sabudana khichdi is lightly spiced. Also it can be an appetizing and filling brunch or snack. The spiciness is due to the addition of green chilies, if preferring for kids then just avoid the green chilies. So lets go in details.

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Soaking Time : 5 hrs | Cooking Time : 15 mins

Ingredients :        



Tapioca pearl / sabudana (soaked)

1 cup


1 no.


2 tbsp

Mint leaves (tightly packed)

½ cup


1 inch

Green chili

2 no.

Curry leaves

1 sprig

Turmeric powder

¼ tsp

Cumin seed

1 tsp

Salt / rock salt

As needed


1 tbsp

Lemon juice

½ tbsp

Method :

  1. Wash sabudana under normal water 2-3 times or till water appears clear.
  2. Then take sabudana in a wide bowl and add water up to just above the sabudana level.
  3. Keep aside this bowl to soak sabudana at least for 3-4 hours or overnight.
  4. Take mint leaves, green chilies, ginger in a blender and blend to a smooth paste without adding water.
  5. Roast the peanuts in a pan and keep aside.
  6. Now heat oil in pan over medium heat.
  7. Add cumin seeds and allow to splutter.
  8. Next add curry leaves, small potato cubes and turmeric powder.
  9. Mix well, cover and cook over low-medium heat till potato cubes are done.
  10. Meanwhile add mint paste, salt / rock salt to the sabudana bowl and mix everything till well incorporated.
  11. Next add the sabudana mixture and roasted peanuts to the pan.
  12. Mix everything well and allow to cook.
  13. Keep stirring occasionally until the sabudanas are translucent.
  14. Turn off heat, finally add lemon juice and stir gently.
  15. Serve these pudina sabudana khichdi or mint tapioca pilaf warm as it is or with any flavored yogurt, pickles, kadhi or papad !

Notes :

  • Always use wide bowl instead of deep bowl to soak sabudana.
  • To avoid the stickiness of sabudana, the water level should be just 1/4 inch above the sabudana level for soaking.
  • Green chilies (chopped) can be added directly while adding curry leaves instead of using for mint paste.

PIN for later :


  1. Aruna

    I love this green version of Sabudana Khichdi. 🙂 I make it with coriander leaves.

  2. Poonam Bachhav

    Mint flavored Sabudana khichdi sounds flavorful Sasmita…looks beautiful !

  3. Unknown

    The sabudana Khichdi looks tempting

  4. Priya Iyer

    Such an interesting twist to sabudana khichdi! Love it! 🙂

  5. Sujata Roy

    Sabudana khichdi looks super tempting. Perfect for fasting days. Loved it 👌

  6. Unknown

    This looks amazing and so flavorful! I love that it is comfort food that is still light and healthy.

  7. Anonymous

    I have never had tapicoa and never seen it prepared in this way but it looks delicious and certainly something to try now. Thank you for this post.

  8. Tiazim

    This sounds delicious and i absolutely something i will try for sure. thank you for sharing!

  9. Unknown

    Sabudana with mint sounds so refreshing…healthy and yummy.

  10. Mayuri Patel

    Sasmita, I made this khichdi a few days ago using mint, coriander and curry leaves. Its so delicious. Lovely share for the theme.


    I just LOVE Sabudana Khichdi and urs looks so yum!

  12. Pari

    haven't tried it with pudina. will try it today!

  13. Vanitha

    Wonderful twist to a quintessential sabudana khichdi..love it!

  14. Unknown

    I always have confusion in soaking the sabudana. Thank you for explaining it so well. The flavor mint in the pilaf must be amazing.

  15. Uma Srinivas

    Khichdi’s are my favorite. But never tried with sabudana. Looks delightful!

  16. veena

    This is such unique combination. Looks lovely!!

  17. Soma Mukherjee

    This is y favourite meal anytime, and with mint flavour it would be just mindblowing for sure. Loved your version.

  18. Shobha

    Lovely khicdi with mint flavour.. I made it also with curry leaf flavour.Do try it.

  19. priyaa_jo

    SAbudan khichadi is my on the go recipe and i LOVEEEE it. Will try it for sure by adding mints

  20. Padma

    Mint flavoured sabudana khichdi is definitely a winner recipe…Looking delicious!!

  21. Ruchi's Veg Kitchen
    Ruchi's Veg Kitchen

    Mint flavoured sabudana khichdi looks mouth watering sasmita. Flavourful and delicious. Beautiful clicks

  22. Lata Lala

    Sabudana khichdi looks wonderful. Adding mint to it is something new to me and I have always had this plain. It's a lovely idea.

  23. jayashree

    Love this sabudana khichdi, the mint must have given a nice flavour to it. Tempting!

  24. Geetha Priyanka

    Mint flavoured sabudana khichdi sounds interesting and a perfect dish durinf fasting days. Lovely recipe.

  25. code2cook

    addition of mint in this sabudana khichdi definitely a refreshing one. Now it will be more flavorful.

  26. Pavani

    Mint flavoured sabudana khichdi looks absolutely delicious. Thanks for the recipe

  27. spoonsofflavor

    Mint in sabu dana khichdi sounds yummy. The addition of mint must have enhanced the flavour and taste.Loved it 🙂

  28. preeti garg

    LOve the addition of mint in sabudana… so flavorful and tasty. 🙂

  29. mildly indian

    Wow mint flavour must be so adorable in this comfort food. Love the image you have captured

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