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sago payasam

Today is the second day of the Diwali …Wishing all a happy joyful prosperous and safe Diwali . Its one of the most important festivals for Indians.I am sure every one are having lot of fun celebrating the festival of lights in high spirits .As i write today’s post i can hear sound of bursting crackers everywhere .To add to festive spirit i share today a simple and quick dessert .Its the creamy ” Sabudana kheer / Sago Payasam/ Sabakki Payasa .With pearly sabudana,rich dry fruits,creamy milk,aromatic cardamom and saffron in it ,they taste just yummm…

sago payasam

You may also check other  kheer recipes like moong payasam , carrot payasam , phool makhana kheer etc

Here we go….

sago payasam


Smitha Kalluraya
Creamy milky kheer made from sabudana
Course Dessert
Cuisine south indian
Servings 4 serving


  • 1/2 cup Sabudana or Sago, (i use nylon variety)
  • 1 liter Milk
  • 1.5 cup Water
  • 4 - 5 tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 - 2 tsps Ghee
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom elaichi powder
  • strands Kesar / Saffron threads
  • Dry fruits Cashew raisins almonds, as required


  • Soak saffron strands in warm milk and keep aside .
  • In kadai / frying pan take a tsp of ghee . Fry cashew,badam n raisins in the ghee till golden brown and keep it aside.
  • Slightly fry sago in ghee till it starts spluttering a bit.
  • Bring 1.5 cup of water to boil and add roasted sago to it. Cook sago till it becomes fluffy and almost transparent.
  • When sago is 75% cooked , add milk. Bring milk to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer till it thickens about 5 minutes.Keep stirring in between .Meanwhile sago gets cooked 90 %.
  • Add sugar .Mix and keep stirring the kheer for another 5 minutes so that sugar gets dissolved completely, sago gets cooked and the kheer attains a nice texture. ( Sabudana kheer thickens once its cooled. So if you are serving the kheer after it cools, its better that you keep it little liquid initially . )
  • Finally add elaichi powder,saffron strands and roasted nuts. Just mix and switch off.
  • Enjoy the sago payasam hot/ warm / chilled.
    sago payasam
  • sabakki payasa


  1. If you are not confident about your sago , you can wash it once or twice under running water. Soak in water for 30 mins, drain and later roast. This way there is no chance of them getting mushy .
  2. I like and use nylon sabudana for my kheer. But you can use big ones too. But for that you have to soak and use as given in step 1 of notes .
  3. NEVER ADD SUGAR BEFORE SAGO COOKS. If you do so, it will spoil the whole kheer.
  4. Sabudana kheer thickens once its cooled. So if you are serving the kheer after it cools, its better that you keep it little liquid initially .
  5. If your kheer has become too thick you can adjust it by adding extra milk.
  6. If you want you can use MTR badam powder for extra taste. Sprinkle it along with elaichi powder.

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  • Reply
    MonuTeena RecipesPassion
    October 23, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    lovely kheer

  • Reply
    Sathya Priya
    October 23, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Kheer looks yummy ..Really this recipe brings the festive feel.

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    beena stephen
    October 24, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Tempting yummy sweet

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    Poornima hegde
    October 24, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Wow delicious..

  • Reply
    October 24, 2014 at 7:02 am

    quick and delicious kheer..looks too good

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    Linsy Patel
    October 24, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    My favorite kheer

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    Meena Kumar
    October 24, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Love the look of the bead like sago payasam

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    Marie Paul
    November 17, 2014 at 11:56 am

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    lity li
    August 15, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Thanks for this yummy recipe.I tried it last night it came really so yummy and delicious.I must say the way you explain and the images are really help me lot to prepare.There is a wonderful event and a giveaway happening at my blog. Check the below linkVermicelli kheer recipe

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