Lauki Sabudana Khichdi

Lauki Sabudana Khichdi Recipe
Lauki Sabudana Khichdi

This is guest recipe is different from the other guest recipes posted so far. It’s prepared by me under the supervision of the guest mom, my mother-in-law. My in-laws were fasting on the Ekadashi this month and my mother-in-law had made this sabudana khichdi using lauki instead of potato as their snack. Devansh and I tasted the khichdi and liked it. So I decided I should make this for Devansh soon.

mummy-me-devansh

So far I had not made any sabudana dish for Devansh. I found the idea of using lauki in the khichdi interesting. It gave the khichdi a nice sweet taste which toddlers/kids usually like. I was keen to use bottle gourd not only because it enhanced the taste of the khichdi but also because of its various health benefits. Bottle gourd is rich in dietary fiber, iron, protein, and essential minerals. Ideally I would have preferred to feed Devansh this khichdi mixed with curds but since he had a runny nose that day, I mixed some milk in it before feeding it to him. I must mention that my husband helped me in preparing this khichdi too. He grated the bottle gourd for me. 🙂 Devansh liked the khichdi and I have no qualms about recommending this “fast food” for your child too. 😉

Lauki Sabudana Khichdi Recipe

Usually we make sabudana khichdi using potato. In this recipe lauki or bottle gourd is used instead of potato.
Author Mukta Tikekar

Ingredients

  • Half cup sabudana sago
  • One cup grated bottle gourd lauki/doodhi
  • 2-3 tbsp roasted peanuts powder
  • 2-3 tbsp grated fresh coconut
  • 1 piece of green chili
  • 3-4 curry leaves kadi patta
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp homemade ghee clarified butter
  • Half tsp sugar
  • Half lemon
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Wash sabudana in water properly and then soak it in water for at least four hours. The level of water should be about 1 cm above the sabudana.
  • After the sabudana has absorbed all the water and become nice and soft, add grated coconut, peanut powder, salt, and sugar.
  • Squeeze half a lemon and then mix all the ingredients properly.
  • Heat a pan and add ghee.
  • When the ghee becomes hot, add cumin seeds.
  • When cumin seeds splutter, add grated ginger, curry leaves, and a piece of chili.
  • Add grated bottle gourd and stir it once to mix it with the tadka.
  • Add salt just enough for the bottle gourd because we have already added salt in sabudana.
  • Cover the pan and cook the bottle gourd on medium flame for 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir the grated bottle gourd once and then cover the pan again and cook it on low flame for another 3-4 minutes.
  • Uncover the pan and check if the bottle gourd is cooked properly. You can taste it to make sure that it's done, that's what I did. 🙂
  • Add sabudana in the pan and mix it properly with bottle gourd.
  • Keep stirring the mixture till the sabudana gets cooked properly. (You can cover the pan for a couple of minutes if you want.)
  • Add chopped coriander, stir, and allow it to cook for a minute more, and then turn off heat.
  • Serve your toddler this khichdi along with curds.

6 thoughts on “Lauki Sabudana Khichdi”

  1. amazing…..:) u r turning a savior…. I was out of idea what to feed my 15 month old…

    caN U give me tips on how to make the LO eat some spices… he doesn't eat any spice..like chillies, green chillies…. little bit olso makes him hush and puff

  2. I would suggest adding really small amounts in your LO's food initially and then gradually increasing the quantity. Don't be in a rush gradually he will start to eat spicy food. I have heard from some moms whose children didn't eat spicy food till 3-4 years of age. Also consult your child's pediatrician about the same. S/he will be able to give you good guidance. Let me know what s/he says so I can share the advice with more moms. 🙂

  3. Did you make it Pree? Would love to see the pic if you can click it the next time you make it 🙂 This was my MIL's recipe…she'll be happy to hear you liked it 🙂

    1. Hi Diya. This recipe has many ingredients which are not suitable for a seven month old baby. Nuts for instance, some babies could be allergic to them. And therefore advisable to start after one. Also, not sure if a seven month old baby can chew grated coconut even if it’s cooked a lot. You can try this simple variation: make a ghee tadka with jeera powder, a small piece of ginger and 1-2 kadi patta (take ginger and kadi patta out of the khichdi before feeding your baby). You can add a pinch of haldi, hing for flavor (as the baby won’t be fasting, no need to omit that). Add steamed and mashed bottle gourd (dudhi). Saute and then add sabudana. Add water and cook it to make it mushy. Squeeze a lemon before feeding it to your baby. It is advisable to not add salt in baby’s food before one. Don’t forget to take out piece of ginger and kaddi patta you had added. Also, make sure sabudana is soaked overnight (step 1 in this recipe).

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