Fasting is not just a spiritual practice but also an opportunity to indulge in delicious and unique dishes that are specifically tailored to adhere to dietary restrictions. One such delightful treat is the Sabudana Chivda, a crunchy and flavorful snack that's perfect for fasting days. In this blog post, we'll take a deep dive into the world of fasting and learn how to create a mouthwatering batch of Sabudana Chivda.
Sabudana Chivda: A Fasting Delight
Sabudana, also known as tapioca pearls, is a popular ingredient during fasting days due to its versatility and ease of preparation. Sabudana Chivda is a crispy and savory snack made from these pearls, combined with nuts, spices, and other ingredients to create a delightful dish that's perfect for munching on during fasting periods.
- 1 Cup Sabudana (Tapioca Pearls)
- 1/4 Cup Peanuts
- 1/4 Cup Cashews
- 1/4 Cup Raisins
- 2-3 Green Chilies, Chopped
- A Sprig of Curry Leaves
- 1 Tsp Cumin Seeds
- 1/2 Tsp Red Chili Powder
- Rock Salt (Sendha Namak) to Taste
- 2 Tbsp Oil
- Fresh Coriander Leaves, Chopped (for Garnish)
- Wash the sabudana thoroughly under running water until the water runs clear. Soak the sabudana in water for 4-6 hours or until they become soft and translucent. Drain any excess water.
- In a pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the peanuts and cashews and roast them until they turn golden brown. Remove them from the pan and set them aside.
- In the same pan, add cumin seeds, chopped green chilies, and curry leaves. Sauté for a minute until fragrant.
- Add the soaked and drained sabudana to the pan. Mix well to combine with the tempering.
- Add the red chili powder and rock salt to the sabudana mixture. Mix gently to evenly coat the sabudana with the spices.
- Continuously stir and roast the sabudana on medium-low heat until they turn crispy and light. This might take around 15-20 minutes. Be patient, as slow roasting ensures even crispiness.
- Once the sabudana is crisp, add the roasted peanuts, cashews, and raisins to the pan. Mix well and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes to heat the nuts.
- Turn off the heat and let the Chivda cool down to room temperature. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves for a burst of freshness.
- Once cooled, transfer the Sabudana Chivda to an airtight container. It stays fresh for a few days, making it an ideal snack for fasting days.
Fasting can be a spiritually uplifting experience, and it's also an opportunity to explore new flavors and recipes. Sabudana Chivda, with its irresistible crunch and explosion of flavors, is the perfect example of how creativity can flourish even within dietary restrictions. So the next time you embark on a fasting journey, don't forget to treat yourself to a batch of this delectable Sabudana Chivda!