Saboodana Kheer/ Sago pearls pudding

Saboodana/ Sago pearls are usually eaten during fasting days, in India. People make saboodana khichdi, saboodana vada, saboodana kheer etc. But, what I love the most of all is the Saboodana Kheer. Its one of the simplest & easiest Indian dessert recipe and tastes so yummm.


  1. ½ cup soaked saboodana/ sago pearls ( soaked for 4-5 hours)
  2. 4 cups milk
  3. 4 tablespoon sugar
  4. 4-5 strand saffron dissolved in 4-5 tbsp luke warm milk
  5. ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  6. Sliced almond for dressing



  1. Wash saboodana and soak them in water for 4-5 hours. You will notice, that the pearls absorb water and increase in size. If you use small grains of sago/saboodana, then 1-1.5 hours are enough. But for this recipe, I would recommend using the large size saboodana.
  2. Heat milk in a heavy bottomed vessel and keep stirring.
  3. Once the milk begins to boil, add saboodana and constantly keep stirring to avoid the milk and pearls from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  4. Cook them over medium heat for 10-12 mins till the saboodana turns transparent.
  5. You will notice the milk beginning to thicken. This happens because of pearls.
  6. Now add sugar ,cardamom powder and the saffron milk. Saffron adds a wonderful flavor and aroma to the kheer.
  7. Stir a little for over 3-4 mins and transfer into the serving bowl.
  8. Garnish with sliced almond.
  9. This dessert can be served hot/ chilled. It is usually eaten along with Puri & Aloo ( potato) curry.


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