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04/10/16

Sabudana Kichri with sweet potato & peanuts

Ingredients

  • Sago pearls (sabundana) 100g

  • Warm water 300-400ml

  • Sweet potato, chopped 250g

  • Coconut oil 1 teaspoon

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Peanuts 2 tablespoons

  • Curry leaves optional

  • Sesame seeds 1 tablespoon

  • Green chilli, finely chopped ½

  • Grated ginger 1 tablespoon

  • Salt ½ teaspoon

  • Lime juice of ½-1

  • Coriander leaves, chopped handful

Method

To start with, rinse the sago pearls/ sabudana under cold running water, then soak in the measured water for a few hours or overnight. You can also steam the sweet potato in advance and leave aside and ready (steam until soft, around 20 minutes). When ready to cook, melt the coconut oil in a pan, add the cumin seeds and cook on a low heat until the cumin seeds are a darker shade of brown, then add the curry leaves, peanuts and sesame seeds and stir for around a minute. Now add the green chilli and grated ginger and then the sweet potato cubes and sago pearls/ sabudana as well as the salt. Mix well but try not to mash the sweet potato, especially if overcooked. Squeze the lime and stir in the coriander leaves or sprinkle over the top and serve.

*If it is difficult to chop the sweet potato in cubes, you can chop into large chunks to start with, steam these large pieces and then chop into cubes once steamed.

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Navratri was the only time of year we would sleep so late, almost everyday, and I remember those nine days always being rather cold. This year, however, it feels as though we’re in the midst of summer, although it’s certainly cooling down now. The nine nights of Navratri are filled with dancing to live music, a particular very traditional type of dance called garba, and many also fast during the nine days. There are certain dishes you’re allowed to eat and here’s a very traditional dish eaten during fasts. Fasting or not, it is absolutely delicious and healthy – soft and chewy sago pearls great for quick energy with the crunch of peanuts, and then sweet potato rather than potato. For flavour, there’s cumin seeds, ginger, chilli and lime. A simple blend of exciting textures!

A capture from garba druing Navratri in Gujarat. Colourful costumes, dancing around the goddess Durga Maa, and live traditional music
A capture from garba druing Navratri in Gujarat. Colourful costumes, dancing around the goddess Durga Maa, and live traditional music

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