Gluten-free Quinoa ‘sabudana kichidi’ minus too much starch

Sabudana kichidi is an usual Indian brekky made out of Sago, yeah the starchy tapioca thingy. I could live just eating that for the reminder of my life 🙂 There is nothing but starch in it. Tried to make it with quinoa. Same taste but loads of good stuff could go into it. This is a healthy version packed with spinach, green peas – not the traditional one 🙂 Manu, who is a family friend of ours (happens to me my student as well-No I don’t give him extra marks :P) loved it 🙂 He wanted the recipe, I thought I would give it to the world 🙂

You need

  • Cooked quinoa-1 cup
  • 1/2 potato boiled and broken into bits
  • Spinach and green peas a handful each
  • Groundnut coarsed ground-1.5 tbsp
  • Coconut grated-1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds-1 tsp
  • Salt-to taste
  • Green chili-1
  • Juice from lemon-1-2 Tbsp (optional)
  • Turmeric-1/2 tsp
  • 1 tsp oil


  • In a pan, add oil, mustard seeds, once they pop, add green chili, potato, little salt, turmeric, fry for a couple of mins, add spinach and green peas, wait until peas are cooked
  • Add cooked quinoa, salt, mix them all well, add grated coconut, ground groundnuts, salt, toss them together until they come together.
  • Remove off heat and add lemon (optional)
  • Yum 🙂 Potato with quinoa is heaven on plate. If you take spinach and green peas off, its close to the traditional recipe.


4 thoughts on “Gluten-free Quinoa ‘sabudana kichidi’ minus too much starch

  1. I have never heard of this before so I am wrapped to see this. (Okay there are probably 100s I have not heard about) love sago I have to make this 😉

    • Yeah, It is not as popular as other brekky items cos it is hard to get the consistency right. I have tried zillion times and have never got it right with Sago. I overcook it every single time resulting in sticky mass. You need to soak sago overnight for this recipe and when you fry it with it has to turn translucent. Looking at your recipes, I can guarantee you that you will get it right 🙂 You are an awesome chef

      • I would love to try it. I have some sago in my pantry 😉 thanks for saying that. I think you are a great chef too and it’s nice to exchange recipes like the one 😉 thanks

      • Thanks 🙂 Google for sabudana kichidi before you mqke it. You will find n no.of.ways to make it. Good luck 🙂

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