Sabudana Kheer aka Tapioca Pudding | Indian Dessert

Sabudana Kheer aka Tapioca Pudding | Indian Dessert

Hi, fellow foodies! Since I realised it has been a crazy long time I did a food post, I am sharing this super yummy and satisfying Indian dessert with you all today. It is Sabudana Kheer aka Tapioca Pudding! 

Kheer is an Indian/Asian/Middle-Eastern dessert. It is basically made of four ingredients: milk, rice/tapioca/vermicelli, sugar and dry fruits. It is usually part of a festive, fasting, Indian meal, especially during Navratri. As the month of Shravan has started, this recipe comes just in time.

Let's get started with the recipe yield of 4-5 servings.

Ingredients for Sabudana Kheer:

Prep. time: 1 h | Cook time: 20 min | Total time: 1 hour 20 min

  1. 5 cups milk
  2. 1/2 cup tapioca pearls
  3. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  4. 4-5 green cardamoms, crushed in a mortar and pestle
  5. 5-6 slivered almonds
  6. 5-6 slivered pistachios
  7. 4-5 saffron threads

Method for Sabudana Kheer:

  1. Wash and soak tapioca pearls in ~1 cup water for ~1 hour.
  2. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring the milk to a boil over medium heat.
  3. Discard any water from the tapioca pearls.
  4. Once the milk starts to boil and thickens a little, add the soaked tapioca pearls and lower the heat. Keep stirring so that it doesn't stick to the pan.
  5. Once the tapioca pearls are fully cooked, and milk has thickened to your desired consistency, add sugar, crushed green cardamoms, almonds, and pistachios (save some for garnishing later).
  6. Mix well and turn off the heat after ~2 minutes, while stirring constantly.
  7. Pour the kheer in a large bowl, garnish with saffron threads and the remaining almonds and pistachios.
  8. Serve hot or cold after refrigerating for 3-4 hours.
Sabudana Kheer aka Tapioca Pudding | Indian Dessert

Note: You can adjust the thickness by using less or more milk. Also, you can add a pinch of saffron while boiling the milk to give it a more yellowish colour. I like adding it just as a garnish which gives beautiful patches of saffron colour.

I love the rich and creamy texture of Sabudana Kheer and the fact that it's super easy. I like it more as a cold dessert than hot. 🙂

Like Sabudana but not desserts? Check this savoury Sabudana recipe! 🙂

Have you tried this Sabudana Kheer recipe before? How do you like it? If you haven't I hope you give it a try now and share your views in the comment section with me.

Have a great day, everyone!

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  • My mouth just totally watered up Aditi!!! Hehe..I guess I gotta try this recipe out soon 😀

    • Hahaha…thanks Komal! Do let me know when you try 🙂

  • yummy … hope this should not break my fast. Great recipe and can’t wait to give this to my sister (she cooks well than me :D)

    • Thanks Grace! My mother always made this during her fasts, so I guess it’s good while fasting 🙂

  • That Kheer looks soooo delicious Aditi. I love how you pictured it in a heart shaped bowl. I’m surely gonna try out this easy recipe

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    • Thanks Chaicy! 🙂

  • This used to be my go to fever cheer up recipe 😀 Lovely pictures! I think m gonna tell mommy to make it for me tonight !! :P:P

    • Hehehe! Mommies are the best, I am sure you’ll enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by Rashmi. 🙂 xx

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