Spring/summer is here. The rain gods have been kind and hence all the mountains around where I live are still green. Near my home there is a barn and they bring out their sheep for grazing at this time, with the rolling hills, and the sheep, it feels like Swiss countryside.
In India, we celebrate Holi. During holi a effigy of a demoness is burnt in fire. This demoness symbolizes all the mean thoughts, all the resentments that one might be carrying, you burn it all in the fire of Holi. This is the time when we celebrate New Year according to the lunar calendar. Interestingly around the same time Parsi’s and Iranis’s also celebrate Navrouz, which translates to ‘New Day’. In short its all about starting afresh, leaving all the baggages that you might be carrying and focus on the future.
In India we have Navratri ( which translates to ‘9 nights’) twice a year. Interestingly they both fall when the season changes from hot to cold and cold to hot. One is in spring time and one in fall. During this time you fast, you don’t eat meat, regular vegetables, no cereals. I think it is very much needed, it gets your body time to adjust and also get ready for the new season. Its like a cleanse, where you eat light foods, people also try not to eat garlic & onion.
Each region in India has its own rules of what to eat and what not to eat during these nine months, some eat spinach, some eat tomatoes, others don’t. A few things like tapioca, water chestnut, sweet potatoes, cucumber are eaten across the country.
I come from Maharashtra where Sabudana Khichadi is very popular. I recently did an Insta story on it. Whenever I ask my kids what they want special for breakfast, the answer is Sabudana Khichadi . My husband can eat bowls of it. I normally end up making enough so I have leftovers as he likes to eat it the next day again.
Everyone knows Sabudana Khicadi but might not know this recipe. My mom makes it so well, my sister can eat bowls of it for days and not get tired. I like it more than Khichadi because it feels kind of cooling and I love yogurt 🙂
- 2 cups tapioca pearls ( you can get them in any indian grocery store)
- 3-4 green chilies ( I use the thai chilies that are super spicy)
- 1 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
- 1/3 cup roasted peanut powder
- 1 cup buttermilk (if you can not get buttermilk, you can churn 1/2 yogurt with 3/4 cup water)
- 1 cup
- salt to taste
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
- Dry roast sabudana/tapioca
- After it is cooled down, soak in some water for about 30 mins
- Pound the cumin seeds and chilies to make a coarse paste. I prefer using mortar pestle but you can also use a chopper
- After 30 mins, drain all the water and soak in buttermilk for at least 4-5 hours.
- Now add yogurt ( preferably whole milk), roasted peanut powder, chili-cumin mixture and salt n sugar to taste.
- Garnish with cilantro
- You can also cook the sabudana in water until it is translucent ( instead of roasting and soaking in buttermilk).
- Mix it with yogurt, roasted peanut powder, salt, sugar and the chili cumin mixture. You can also add tadka of ghee jeera mirchi if desired
- Garnish with cilantro