Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Sabur khichuri (Sago khichuri)

About the food:

Sabu or sago is a starch extracted from the Sago palm tree, and you get them in the market in form of small grains. This is an recipe from the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.I have learnt this recipe from my sister, who had been living in UP for a while. It could be prepared as a quick snacks or meals, and could be a very good kid's meal. It does not take long and is very easy to cook, as well as nutritious and tasty. The word khichuri in the recipe means a mixture or in true literal sense a hotch-potch mix. Enjoy this hotch-potch and I promise it would taste delicious!

Preparation time: 30mins
Cooking time: 15mins

Ingredients: (serves 3-4)

1 cup sabu
1/2 tbsp cumin whole
1 tbsp cumin powder
1 tbsp coriander powder
2-3 green chillies, de-seeded and chopped
1 inch root ginger, finely chopped
vegetable oil
3 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup peanuts
1 big potato


1. Measure 1 cup of the sabu in a bowl. Add water just to cover it and a bit more, and let it soak for 10mins.

2.Dry roast the peanuts in a pan until they are slightly browned and keep them aside.

3. Peel and cut the potatoes in 1/2 inch cubes. Boil them, taking care not to over boil them. Drain them slightly before they are fully tender and cooked.

4.Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan. Add the cumin and ginger and let them crackle. Add the potatoes and fry till they are golden. Break the sabu with your hand so the grains separate. Add the sabu to the pan and mix them well. Add the sugar, salt, turmeric powder, lemon juice, chillies, cumin and coriander powder and keep on cooking until they are fully mixed and the sabu takes a light brown colour.Add the lemon juice.

5.Add the peanuts, mix them well and serve hot.

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