Kheers / Payasam, Sizzling Tastebuds

Sabbakki Payasa | Javvarisi Payasam | Sago Pearls Kheer | Easy Indian Desserts

Kheer is usually a part of a traditional meal, and I do dish out Vermicilli PayasamPal Payasam, Kadalai Paruppu Pasyasam, Moong Dal Kheer etc but this one eluded me till now.. Sabudana Payasam or
Kheerwith Sago Pearls is a rare dish in my kitchen, considering that none of
us actually like the texture of the Sago Pearls. Contrary to popularity in the
city where I live wherepeople have sabudana Khichdi or Sabudana vada almost once a week, somehow the starchy texture and the sticky pearls have been forbidden at home :-))

I did discover
however when I made a batch of this Payasam as an offering to God that there
was a way around that stickiness – that was to fry them in ghee and then boil
it in water and milk to give it a good texture. Although grudgingly, S and kiddo
had it, am not sure they liked it. 

I liked the mild sweetness, and although may
not make it regualarly, it does give me a quick to make payasam for any
festival. Sending this to Alphabet S unde ABC marathon – cant believe we are
entering the final week now, with the last 8 posts (7 after today’s).


Prep time : 10 mins
| Cook time : 15 mins | Serves : 2

Sago Pearls in
Creamy sweet Pudding


  • Sago Pearls – 1/2
  • Ghee / Clarified
    butter – 2 TBSP
  • powdered Sugar –
    1/4 cup, heaped
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Water – 1/2 cup
  • Raisins , Saffron
    strands and cashews – for garnish
  • Green Cardamom
    powder – a pinch


1) Frying the pearls is optional, however I recommend it to avoid sticky payasam

2) I generally use powdered sugar in most kheers / payasams as the water content is quickly taken care of, and I dont end up adding more sugar than necessary. But I skip doing this if I am using sugar syrup or condensed milk or jaggery syrup for payasam


Gently heat the
ghee. Fry the raisins till plump and the cashews turn golden brown, transfer to
a plate. In the remaining ghee, add the sago pearls and fry them for 1-2 mins.
 Crush the saffron strands a bit, and soak them in a 1 tsp of warm milk

In a saucepan of
boiling water, add the fried sago pearls and boil them till they turn
transparent, about 3-4 mins.

Let this stand for
a few mins till the pearls gently simmer down off the fire. Drain off any
excess water on top, if any. 

Now add boiled milk
and gently simmer on a low flame, add Powdered sugar, and keep stirring on very
low flame (increasing the heat might curdle the milk) till forms a nice
thickish consistency. Tip in the saffron strands & elaichi powder now.
Switch off the flame

Garnish with any leftover
ghee and the fried raisins and cashews

Serve hot or




  1. I'll always drool for a cup of sago payasam,my all time favourite…

  2. cookingwithsapana

    ALWAYS I always wonder how it would taste . But that bowl of sago kheer looks delicious !

  3. Your payasam looks well done, but unfortunately, sago kheer is not a favorite of mine. but I love the kichadi!

  4. wow very delicious and yummy payasam 🙂 makes me drool dear !!

  5. Payasam looks so good..I love with sago the best…

  6. virunthu unna vaanga


  7. The Pumpkin Farm

    this was what mum made for fasting some days, i loved this over the khichdi which often made my system acidic, love the addition of saffron

  8. Chef Mireille

    I love this basic kheer

  9. Very very nice! love the pictures!

  10. very tempting and very festive!! delicious payasam!!


  11. Sandhya Karandikar

    Sago/Sabudana Kheer is a very common sweet in Maharashtrian houses. Once again it is a quick sweet to make and kids love it. Yours is much superior version of course. Love the way you have presented it.

  12. This was on my hate list until the beginning of this month, and mom made it for a festival. Now I love this soo much.wonder why I hated it all along!Yours looks so tempting Kalyani and I wish I had that bowl now 🙂

  13. Sabakkai payasa nanagu beku…inviting myself over to your place:-)

  14. Love this kheer specially fasting days,..

  15. Gayathri Kumar

    Even I don't prepare this often. But frying in ghee before cooking looks like a nice idea to improve texture. Mom always made payasam pairing vermicelli and javvarisi. It would taste so nice…

  16. Thanks for the tip on making sago less sticky.. Payasam looks delicious.

  17. sabudana kheer is what I made when Amma went out and we used to steal in the dangerous territory!! I was 7 at that time so I can understand my moms fears but we made and devoured this kheer on a regular basis then.

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