Hindus across India are gearing up to celebrate the nine-day festival of Navratri. Devotees will observe fast for nine days. It is imperative to eat ‘Saatvik’ food during the Navratras. One of the most commonly used foods during these pious days of fasting is ‘sabudana’ (sago pearls). Kheer made of sabudana and milk is quite popular during Navratri fast. It’s sago cooked with milk and sugar. It is a gluten-free and healthy sweet dish recipe that gives the fasting devotees instant energy. It’s also offered to Maa Bhagwati as prasad. You can add dry fruits to make it even more nutrient rich and delicious.

Serves: 5

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes


Sabudana: 1 cup (soaked overnight)

Full cream milk: 1 litre

Sugar: 6 tbsp


Soak sabudana overnight.

Take 1 litre of full cream milk and give it a boil on high flame in a thick bottom non-stick pan.

Add soaked sabudana and give a good stir.

Simmer it on low flame for 45 minutes stirring occasionally scrapping the sides and the bottom.

Add sugar and mix well.

Cook for another ten minutes.

Turn off the flame and let it cool.

Refrigerate if you want to serve it chilled.

You can add almonds, cashews and raisins if you want to enjoy little crunch with soft sago.


Sago kheer is very delicious and can be cooked very quickly. This kheer thickens after cooling, so keep the consistency a little thin while cooking. If you are looking for a quick and delicious fasting sweet recipe, this kheer is the most easiest and fastest to cook. It can be eaten hot or chilled.

Happy Navaratri!