Navaratri Sabu Dana Pooda

Sabu Dana Pooda
(this is a tapioca pancake)

1/2 c sabu dana (tapioca), soak in 2 c warm water for 2 hours


1/4 – 1/2 c ground peanuts
Adu Mircha (ginger jalapeno paste)

Mix to create batter.

Optional add:
Shredded potatoes
Ground ginger
Green pepper, julienne
Coriander, chopped

In skillet:
1 tbsp oil
Add big spoonful of mixture, spread, cover (with lid!) on low/medium heat.
Check every 2-3 min.
Flip, don’t cover (with lid).


Navaratri Sabu Dana Khichdi

Sabu Dana Khichdi
(this is a hot mash made of tapioca)

1/2 c sabu dana (tapioca), soak in 2 c warm water for 2 hours


Jeeru (cumin)
Ground black pepper
Green pepper, julienne
Ginger, julienne

Shredded potatoes (from 1 small potato)
Ground peanuts (one small handful)

Add tapioca.

Add salt and yogurt and lemon juice to taste.


Navaratri Potato Shak

Navaratri Potato Shak
(appropriate for fasting)

Boil potatoes, dice into half inch cubes.

Ghee (clarified butter)
Jeeru (cumin)
Sesame seeds (tal)
Black pepper (mari)

Add boiled diced potatoes.

Lemon juice to taste.


Happy Navaratri!!

Navaratri is a Hindu holiday. It began on October 1, 2016, and lasts for nine days. Each of the nine days is dedicated to the Mother Goddess, Durga/Ambaji/Mataji. Most Hindus fast for all nine days. Learn more about Navaratri here. The holy book for the Mother Goddess is called Chandipath. Read it here. Hindu gods and goddesses have many names. Read about the many names of the different Hindu gods and goddesses here.

Other important Hindu festival dates:

Dassera – October 11, 2016.
Vagh Baras – October 27, 2016.
Dhanteras – October 28, 2016.
Kali Chaudas – October 29, 2016.
DIWALI – October 30, 2016. [Festival of Lights][VIP date!!!]
NEW YEAR – October 31, 2016. [Gujarati New Year]
Bhai Beej – November 1, 2016. [Brother and Sister’s Day]

Diwali is celebrated all over India, by all religions and states (much the way that Christmas is celebrated here in the US). Please wish any Indian looking people in your life a “Happy Diwali” on Diwali day.

Learn more about Diwali here.

I’m following up my blog with a few simple recipes that can be enjoyed over Navaratri. NOTE: I haven’t gotten around to including recipes for the full thal, let me know if you are interested in that.
NOTE: Thal refers to the full balanced meal plate of food that is offered to God. Have you seen the pictures of Indian meals, with a silver plate, and a bunch of little bowls? That plate and bowl set is called a thali. Generally, a proper thali includes a bread dish (roti, poori, paratha), a few vegetable dishes (shak), a few lentil soup (dal) dishes, pickle (achar), salad (kachumber), sweet (mithai), yogurt (dhai or raita).