Tapioca Custard Apple Pudding | Sabudana Sitaphal Payasam

Sabudana Kheer / Sago Payasam / Tapioca Pudding is a very traditional Indian sweet dish. This is made across most regions of India specially during fasting. Besides satiating our taste buds in the fasting season, sabudana or tapioca pearl can fulfill the nutritional needs of the body. Sabudana is highly rich in carbohydrates.

To the simple sabudana kheer, I have added custard apple pulp to give a fruity flavor. This sabudana custard apple kheer can be served chilled as well as warm. There is a bit unique taste in the kheer due to addition of custard apple pulp and also the pulp gives the kheer more thickness. This kheer is so simple and easy to prepare and tastes heavenly. Here the process of condensing the milk will give the kheer a nice creamy texture. The sabudana custard apple kheer can be made for festive, other special occasions or even just as dessert. 

Lets go in details.

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Soaking Time : 2 hrs | Cooking Time : 30 mins 

Ingredients :        



Sabudana (Tapioca Pearls)

1 cup

Custard apple pulp

½ cup


1 cup


1 litre


1 tsp

Cardamom powder

1 tsp


¼ cup


¼ cup

Method :

  1. First soak the sabudana in sufficient water for 2 hours or overnight (preferable).
  2. Take milk in a deep non-stick pan and turn on heat.
  3. Add sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves.
  4. Once the milk begins to boil, reduce the heat and allow the milk to reduce to about 3/4th quantity. 
  5. Add soaked sabudana and mix well.
  6. Cook till the kheer thickens and the sabudana is completely cooked and gets translucent.
  7. Next add custard apple pulp, cardamom powder. 
  8. Stir well and simmer for 5-6 minutes more on low heat. 
  9. Turn off the heat.
  10. In a small pan, add ghee and fry cashews and raisins.
  11. Add these fried cashews and raisins to the kheer and stir well.
  12. Let the kheer or payasam to cool at room temperature and then put in refrigerator.
  13. Serve the sabudana custard apple kheer cold !

Notes :

  • This kheer or payasam tastes good both hot as well as cold.
  • The process of condensing the milk will give the kheer a nice creamy texture.
  • The kheer thickens as it cools, so always check the perfect consistency of the kheer while cooking.

This sabudana custard apple kheer is contributed for 32 Healthy Wellthy Cuisines where the theme is ‘Navratri Fasting Dish



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  1. Anonymous

    Such an interesting recipe 😛 will try this during navratri !

  2. Nate

    This looks like a fantastic use for custard apples. I've never really known what to do with them. Thanks.

  3. Vanitha

    Amazing!! Love custard apple, but love adding it to sago payasam more!!

  4. End of the fork

    This sounds just wonderful! Custard apples are one of my favourite fruits!

  5. Jeff Honeywood

    I love apple desserts, but this is completely different than anyone I've ever had. I'm not sure I can get custard apples here in the U.S., but I'm intrigued by this recipe.

  6. Lathiya

    Interesting recipe..never added custard apple in dessert..looks delicious 😊

  7. Anvita

    I love this version of payasam. As a kid my neighbours would often make tapoica payasab but adding custard apple to it is an interesting twist

  8. Heather B

    A complete new experience for me! This looks amazing. Thanks for sharing – I can't wait to try it and experiment!

  9. Unknown

    i love custard apples, even i can imagine the flavour and the taste of this payasam . this payasam is really a show stopper !!!!

  10. Jenni

    Dry powdered tapioca tubers are frequently utilized as thickening specialist.gezondheidsvoordelen tapioca

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