Sabudana Kheer (Tapioca Pudding)
Sometime you cook something or eat something and it takes you back in time and brings back the memories. So it is with this tapioca pudding.
Growing up in Hindu family I enjoyed many Hindu festivals.Many of these festivals involved ‘fasting’ as a part of the celebration. Length of fasting differs by underlying belief of the festival. Some fasting lasts till evening, some whole day.On some fasting, you can drink water and some you shouldn’t. One of those fasting experience that I remember the most happened during ‘Janamastami‘. (“Janam” means “Birth”,”Astami” meaning “Eight” in Hindi).Janamastami celebrates the birth of Hindu Lord Krishna on the eight month of the year. Legend has it that he was born on midnight, so those who fast, they continue to fast till midnight, without water.
When fast ends, typically sweet and soft food is served on midnight.I remember my mom serving many sort of pudding along with different fruits to break the fast . Tapioca pudding is one of the item she served.
- Tapioca pearls comes in big and small sizes.I found the big size but would have preferred the small ones.It requires soaking for at least 30 mins,if pearls are big
- Adding almonds, cashews,saffron are optional.
- Pudding thickens as it cools down.You sort of want soft consistency,not runny,not too thick either,so watch as it cooks.
- My kids sampled it but did not care for it.Pearls softens and becomes transparent and i get questionable look on their faces 🙂
Today,I am Christ follower.My views and ideas of fasting has expanded.I still enjoy tapioca pudding here and there though 🙂