Sago Pearl Upma

A South Indian low-fat dish for breakfast.Really easy to make and delicious.Sago is an interesting palm tree and is a major staple food of people of New Guinea and surrounding islands.The sago pearls used here are commercially produced from the pith of the palm tree from which the starch is extracted.

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Sago Pearl Upma

Serves : 2

Ingredients:

Sago pearls- 3/4 cup
Lemon juice – 1/2 tsp
Salt – to taste
Oil – 2 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
Ginger- 1/2 inch chopped finely
Peanuts- 2 tbsp roasted and crushed
Potato-1/2 diced
Curry leaves – a sprig
Green Chillies – 1 chopped finely
Asfoetida- a tiny pinch

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Method:
Rinse sago pearls with water and immerse in water overnight so as just to let the pearls absorb water.Too much water would make it mushy.The pearls need to be soft yet separate from each other before you cook.Heat oil in a pan.Add cumin seeds,mustard seeds,asfoetida,curry leaves and temper them.When the seeds start to crackle add the chopped ginger,chilli,salt,crushed peanuts,potato cubes and stir fry until the potatoes are tender.Now add the soaked sago pearls and cook for about 5 minutes.Just before serving add the lemon juice and toss it.Serve hot.

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