Breakfast/Tiffin items

Maharashtrian Sabudana Khichdi (Javvarusi Upma)

Why is it that we simply abhor a lot of stuff our mothers prepared when we were kids but hanker after the same once we are on our own? I could reel out a whole long list of things my mum used to coax me to eat. But it is now, years later, that I look forward to visiting her and eating her cooking. Each time I’m there (well even on the phone lots of times!) I make it a point to ask her how she makes this or that.

The beauty of a simple thing like rava upma became apparent to me only after I had to take over the reins of my own kitchen and struggle to make dishes to tempt my palate! This sabudana khichdi is made in typical Maharashtrian style, probably a result of my mother’s upbringing in Mumbai till she got married and moved toDelhi.

This manner of preparing sabudana is far removed from the javvarusi upma prepared by Tam brams. I have a preference for the Maharashtrian variety. Maybe because the sabudana grains are less sticky. Maybe because of the addition of groundnuts. Or maybe simply coz amma made it like that!

It tastes especially good eaten fresh and hot on a rainy or cold day. Well, I can’t really claim it was cold today (what can you expect in Chennai after all!), but the clouds played their part well in keeping the sun hidden and the weather cool through the day, prompting me to whip this up.

Maharashtrian Sabudana Khichdi


Sabudana (javvarusi) – 1 cup

Groundnuts (roasted and without skin) – ¼ cup

Green chillies – 3-4

Asafoetida (peringayam) – a big pinch

Curry leaves – a few

Coriander leaves (chopped) – 1 tbsp

Jeera – 2 tsp

Mustard seeds (kadugu) – 1 tsp

Grated coconut (fresh or kopra) – 2 tbsp

Oil – 1-2 tbsp

Salt to taste


Soak sabudana in just enough water to cover it for 2-3 hours. The grains will absorb water and should turn white and soft

Dry grind groundnuts, green chillies (reserve one for spluttering in oil), curry leaves and coconut into a coarse powder

Heat oil in a pan. Splutter mustard seeds and add asafoetida and the reserved green chilli (halved)

Drain any extra water and add the sabudana to the pan

Keep heat between low and medium and keep mixing every few mins till sabudana grains turn translucent – about 10 mins (Note: If it is too hot, the sabudana will turn sticky and bunch up)

Mix salt and raw jeera to ground powder and add to the sabudana in the pan. Mix well

Cook for another 5 mins (test sabudana to see if it is soft and well-cooked)

Take off heat, garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve

NOTE: You can leave out curry leave while grinding the powder and add them along with green chilli after spluttering mustard seeds


4 thoughts on “Maharashtrian Sabudana Khichdi (Javvarusi Upma)

  1. welll wat u said is true….moms pamper us with so many things…n v don’t realise their value till we get married n r responsible for managing our own kitchen…mom left today mornin…leavin vettu koadambu n i have brought it to office !! i love sabudana khicdi…mom made dat for me too when she was here…n she made morkali, appam etc. !! nandz ur writin style is cool…keep pennin down d recipes dear !!

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