Sabudana Kheer – Tapicoa Pudding (Glutenfree)

Sabudana Kheer – Tapicoa Pudding (Glutenfree)

My grandma used to make sabudana kheer on days when she observed fasts, not so much otherwise.I remember skipping meals and tucking down quite a number of bowls of it on those occasions.

Ingredients

  • My grandma used to make sabudana kheer on days when she observed fasts, not so much otherwise.I remember skipping meals and tucking down quite a number of bowls of it on those occasions.
  • Like most puddings, this one does not require much effort in cooking, so it was not the cooking time but the wait till sunset that got me impatient. Despite the fact that I wanted to lick it right away from the pot as soon as it was ready, we waited until prayer time. She would then fill the bowls with the kheer and spoon over generous amount of ghee sautéed raisins and almonds. She did not use saffron in hers, but I like the hue and flavor it lends, so it is must when I make kheer.
  • This luscious kheer is as comforting as a rice pudding, but much more smooth, almost custard like.The fluffy, opaque tapioca pearls melt down in the bubbling milk, naturally thickening it, become translucent and get pleasantly chewy as the kheer cooks. You can smell the mellow aroma of the starchy pearls and the saffron, the starch from the tapioca also makes the consistency silk-like.
  • Kheer forms a quintessential part of indian cuisine. It is a perfect accompaniment to spicy food and is usually a must during religious celebrations and festivals as offering to God.Wedding and special occasion menus are incomplete without certain kind of kheer, making it the most popular way of rounding off the meals.
  • I am such a huge fan of puddings and fail to understand how can somebody (like my husband ) doesn’t want to eat it. There’s something so comforting about a gooey, warm bowl of kheer, redolent with an aroma of saffron with nuts adding a texture.
  • Go imaginative with the kind of aroma you want to flavor this pudding with, I have tried, vanilla, orange zest and rose-water. It tastes as wonderful with each of them.
  • Printable Recipe
  • Ingredients (Serves 3-4)
  • 1/3 cup sabudana (tapioca)
  • 2 tsp ghee
  • 1/2 cup nuts of choice ( I used sliced almond &raisins)
  • 2.5-3 cups whole milk
  • 2 green cardamom, cracked
  • 1/2 tsp saffron soaked in  1 tbsp warm milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar ( or to taste)
  • Notes
  • Depending on the size and quality, you will need to soak tapioca pearls for 20 minutes (smaller variety) or up to 3-4 hours(larger variety).
  • You could use a combination of cream & milk or half and half depending on how rich you want the pudding.
  • The amount of milk in the recipe can be varied as per desired thickness of the pudding.
  • Cooking time of tapioca pearls will depend on variety and how long it takes them to swell up and is cooked through.Please adjust accordingly.
  • The pudding thickens up as it sits so you will need to thin it out later with little warm milk if serving next day. You can boil up the milk, add the pudding and reheat.
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