Here are some benefits of pearl tapioca for babies and toddlers.
- Sabudana is filling as well as light and easy to digest.
- It helps in muscle development and the calcium and iron content in sabudana helps in healthy bone development.
- It’s high caloric value is ideal for weight gain in babies who are underweight.
- The starchy pearl tapioca delights your baby’s taste buds and is a change from the routine meals comprising of rice and wheat.
- Sabudana contains very low amount of fats. Thus, you can also give it to your baby when he or she is sick or weak, for its rich calorific value.
- It helps in cooling the body temperature when used with rice.
INGREDIENTS (240 ml cup used)
- Sabudana- 1 cup
- Potato – 1 small (cut into small cubes)
- Cumin seeds- 1 teaspoon
- Groundnuts (crushed) – ¼ cup (optional)
- Salt- a pinch (optional)
- Sugar- a pinch (optional)
- Coriander powder- a pinch
- Cooking oil – to shallow fry potatoes and tempering
- Wash sabudana and drain excess water. Soak sabudana in water overnight so that it turns soft. Check its softness by pressing sago with your fingers.
- Drain the soaked sabudana to remove the excess water. Do not forget to drain the excess water otherwise sabudana turns sticky while cooking.
- Heat oil in a non-stick pan and add cumin seeds.
- When the seeds start crackling, add the cubed potatoes, crushed groundnuts and toss well.
- Cover the pan so that the potatoes soften and get cooked well.
- Add the soaked and drained sabudana along with the dry spice powders. Mix all the ingredients properly and let the sabudana cook for few minutes.
- Keep stirring frequently so that the sabudana does not stick to the bottom of the pan. You may even add other vegetables like carrots, french beans, green peas to increase the mineral and fiber content.
Being rich in pure carbohydrate, 100 grams of sabudana contains 350 calories, and phosphorus, iron, calcium, magnesium and copper.