Type: Sweet/ Dessert
Sabudana/ Sabakki / Tapioca Pearls – 1 cup
Coconut Milk / Milk– 2 Cups (I prefer Coconut milk), Keep first extract seperate
Sugar – 1.5 Cups
Cardamom powder – ¼ tsp
Dry fruits of choice (Cashew nuts, raisins, Almonds) – 4 spoons (Chopped)
Ghee – 2 spoons
Wash Sabakki in running water, drain and soak in 2 cups of fresh water in a vessel with lid covered. It will take 1-2 hours to bulge. Allow thin coconut milk (with added water) to boil in a thick bottomed vessel. Add soaked sabakki and cook until it becomes transparent and there is no white pearls found.Once done, add Sugar and bring it to boil to melt sugar completely. Mix it properly. Add thick coconut milk (first extract)/ milk and switch off the stove when it just reaches boiling point. Fry the dry fruits & nuts with ghee without burning them and add to the kheer. Sprinkle the cardamom powder and Enjoy the kheer hot. You can also serve it refrigerated for a cool dessert.
This dessert is a powerhouse of energy as Sabudana is loaded with carbohydrates. I would suggest to avoid if diabetic.
There is a second way to cook Sabakki:
Method: Fry Sabakki in a thick bottomed pan with 2 spoons of ghee. This will take 5-8 mins in low flame. In a cooker, keep 4-5 cups of water and bring to boil. When it starts boiling, add sabakki and close the lid. Cook till 4-5 whistle. The sabakki will be cooked without soaking. This method works only for Sabakki which cooks faster.