Instant Tapioca pearls (Sabudana Kitchdee) Mix

I came across an instant sabudana kitchdee packet in the supermarket few months back.Since it was only locally available, I  created this Instant Tapioca pearls (Sabudana Kitchdee) mix. It comes handy when you have to prepare Spiced Tapioca pearls (Sabudana kitchdee)  or Sabudana vadas (sago fritters). All you will need is to soak the instant mix in water for few mins and then cook it.

Sago or Sabudana or tapioca pearl  is  a popular ingredient used in indian cooking especially on fasting days. You can use this sometimes in your meals instead of rice and wheat. Some of you may find it hard to digest. So adding some of these ingredients like asafoetida, black pepper, cumin and ginger powder assist in digesting this starch.

The original recipe requires the sago (which was slightly bigger in size) to be

soaked overnight in water and then used. Over the years, sago is available in

smaller size and this requires less soaking time. If small size sago is unavailable

just crush the bigger sized sago in grinder to tiny pieces or increase the soaking



  • 300 ml   Sago (Tapioca pearls) Small size                                   
  • 100ml    Instant mashed Potato flakes                                      
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp  Salt                                                                                 
  • 2tsp Oil or (equal amount of oil and ghee)                          
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds                                                               
  • 2- 4 Green chillies                                                             
  • 2 sprigs Curry leaves                                                               
  • 1/2 tsp  Asafoetida or Dry ginger powder                               
  • 1/4 tsp Citric acid (optional)                                              
  • 2 tsp Sugar                                                                         
  • 1 tsp Black peppercorns powdered  (optional)                    


1. Thinly slice green chillies and dry in Microwave  between paper napkins for 2 minutes.

2. Heat oil in a  pan and add cumin seeds when oil is hot.

3. When it pops add green chillies and curry leaves and fry till crisp but not burnt.

4. Put in asafoetida and stir for few seconds.

5. Add sago and dry roast for 2 mins.

6. Remove from heat and add peanut powder, salt, citric acid, sugar, ground black peppercorns and instant mashed potato flakes.

7. Give it a thorough stir and when it has cooled completely, store this in a airtight container.


1. If you are unable to find instant mashed potato flakes you  can add boiled potatoes later while you are making kitchdee or vadas (fritters). You can make them without potatoes too.

2. If you are not adding citric acid into the mix then you can squeeze lime juice later.

3. If you are allergic to peanuts omit it or replace it with nuts of your choice.

  Click here to Print and stick this Recipe label of spiced tapioca pearls on your instant mix jar.

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    1. Hi Rekha,

      My question is in point no. 6. Is instant mashed potato flakes available in the market?

      1. It is available in super markets, its manufactured in UP. I have updated this post with the photo.


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