Monday, May 14, 2012

Sago Kitchadi / Javvarisi Upma

When I started learning to cook and help my mom in kitchen, I start with simple dishes and Sago Upma was one among them. We prepared this upma especially during fasting times as there are no garlic and onions are added. Sago upma is one of the regular dishes which I prepare for dinner as its a light and simple to prepare. Though we get sago in Singapore, I prefer to make this from the sago from variety called neylon sago and also bought from India as this nylon sago very perfect for doing upma and payasam as it is very tiny and won’t be soggy when prepared. It tastes great with simple mango pickle.


Nylon Sago / Javvarisi - 1cup
Moong dhal - 2tblsp
Green chili – 4no
Cashews – few
Lemon juice – 2tsp
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves few
Oil – 2tblsp

To Temper:

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
Urad dhal – 1/2 tsp
Channa dhal – 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves
Hing – 1/4 tsp

  • Wash and soak the nylon sago in water for minimum four hours or overnight by adding salt. Drain the excess water from it and keep aside.
  • Now cook the moong dhal in open kadai till soft, but not mashy.

  • Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan and season with mustard seeds once it starts pop up add urad dhal, channa dhal followed by curry leaves, cashews, silted green chilies and add sago and fry for few minutes (5 to 7 minutes), until to drain if there is any excess water from sago and it turns transparent and get soft.
  • Then add turmeric powder and the cooked moong dhal to it and mix gently to combine well for a couple of minutes.

  • Now switch off the flame and add lemon juice and mix well.

  • Finely garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve hot with pickle and enjoy!!


  • Towards the end you could add some grated coconut.
  • The sago could also be soaked in beaten curd for overnight and follow the same method to prepare upma, in this case avoid adding lemon juice.


  1. Nice addition of moong dal to sago kichidi. Love ur version

  2. I've made khichdi with this, but yours looks a little different, very yummy..

  3. Looks yum, Nice khichadi. I dont add dal will try yours.

  4. Wat a filling and delicious upma.

  5. Looks delicious n nice color..Haven't tried khichdi with sago,yummy!

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  6. We never add moong dal to sago.... New to me... And happy to know that u too from singapore... Where do u stay in siangpore?

  7. Hi Akila, great to hear from you. I live in Jurong East.

  8. Nice variation of khichi with sabudana, will try. Khichdi is such a comfort food.

  9. Looks lovely

  10. Nice preparation dear,I tasted sago upma but urs looking different and nice will try this version.

  11. This one never comes out good for me, have to try out again soon..looks tempting

  12. I must try this recipe.. looks very tasty...

  13. Delicious and Healthy recipe. My mother -in law makes best sago upma. Love this version.

  14. Plays a perfect role for breakfast. Looks so yumm.

  15. Super healthy & tasty...
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  16. Looks nice simple but healthy and delicious Khichadi......

  17. This combo is new to me. Looks good ! Worth a try.

  18. I love chewy sago kichdi... so very tasty and filling too.

  19. haven't tried sago khichdi...sounds so yummy n filling...will give it a try!
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  20. Healthy combo, khichdi looks so delicious n yummy.

  21. never tried adding daal in sabudana khichdi a new recipe to try..

  22. A wholesome food...any time comfort food khichdi..really nice one.

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  24. Healthy n delicious upma..Gr8 preparation

  25. Haven't tried upma with javarisi looks delicious:)

  26. Thanks for sharing this gluten free dish. I do have some tapioca pearls and would love to try it.

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