Tapioca pearls & dry fruits kheer / sabakki & dry fruits halu payasa/Sago or Sabudhana kheer

Payasa/ kheer is definitely a first dessert option comes to one’s mind while cooking for guests or for festivals. We Mangaloreans make payasa with coconut milk generally unlike other parts of India/Karnataka where kheer is milk based. I wasn’t a big fan of milk kheer/ halu payasa until recent years, to be honest until my kids asked for it😊. Kids never liked payasa (specially made with coconut milk), recently they started liking vermicelli kheer & rice kheer (halu payasa) with condensed milk/ milk maid. They only eat this dessert only if it is made with milk and at times show interest to have at home too. To me, it is less work, no extraction of coconut milk needed which made me like this kheer too.

I made this sabakki / sago/ tapioca pearl kheerwith lot of dry fruits last week when I had guests at home. This was a big hit and everyone liked it. So sharing the simple recipe with you now!

Also check my other similar payasa & sweets recipes here:

Sago or Sabudhana kheer

Preparation & cook time: 45 minutes

Serves: 4 


Sabudana/ Sabakki / Tapioca Pearls – 1 cup

Milk– 3 Cups / ½ litre

Sugar – 1 Cup

Cardamom powder – ¼ tsp

Saffron/ kesar – 6-8 strands, soaked in warm milk

Dry fruits (figs - must, almonds, cashews, raisins)– about ¼ cup (chopped)

Condensed milk – 150-200 gms (1/2 tin)

Ghee – 2 tsp


  • In a thick bottomed pan, add ghee & keep it for heating.
  • Fry sabakki/ tapioca pearls for 5 minutes.
  • Add fried sabakki in a pressure cooker with 4 cups of water. Cook for 2 whistles. Let the pressure settle down.
  • Once pressure is released, open the cooker lid.
  • Take milk in a thick bottomed vessel, allow boiling.
  • Add cooked sabakki and chopped dry fruits.
  • Boil for few more minutes, frequently stirring with a spatula so that sabakki doesn’t stick to bottom of the vessel.
  • Add sugar. Boil well again.
  • Add soaked kesar/saffron to it.
  • Add condensed milk and boil everything well.
  • Sprinkle powdered cardamom, mix and switch off the stove.
  • Serve this delicious payasa/ kheer hot or cold. Enjoy.


Tapioca pearls & dry fruits kheer / sabakki & dry fruits halu payasa