Sago Almond Milk ~Sabbakki Badami Haalu

Shivaratri is just around the corner....Since it comes on a Monday this year I think many devotees of Shiva will think of fasting on that day. Some fast without even drinking water, some eat fruits, so accross India we have people who observe fasting in different ways. May lord Shiva bless you all with his choicest blessings and don't forget to offer few bilvapatre (leaves of Aegle marmelos) to him :). You can read Bilvashtaka on TasteofMysore too. You can also read the recipe of maldi unde/wheat flour laddu which is offered to lord Shiva.


Sago Almond Milk is a delicious drink. It is easy to prepare and tasty to drink.Sago is rich in carbohydrates.  Most of them eat sago on fasting days and almonds and sago gives you that lost energy ;). Sago is believed to reduce body heat and hence this drink also helps in cooling down the body.
To me it has always helped me to reduce my hunger pangs and keeps me away from having coffee  ! A teaspoon of this powder in 1 cup of hot milk/milk powder +hot water and you are ready with a delicious drink yippeee....try it to know this is my own creation so I am a bit proud of it also :D Please don't confuse it with kheer........

Edited to add : More about Sago/Sabbakki/Sabudana
What is Sago ?
Tapioca starch processed in the form of pearl is sago. You can see white pearls in the last pic here.
reference :

Regional Names of Sago (sago is in English :D) :
Kannada - Sabbakki
Telugu- Karapendalam,Sabbemu,
Malayalam-kappa (കപ്പ) or kolly or maracheeni
Tamil - Cassava/tapioca root is called Maravallikezangu

Why is sago used/sago dishes made during festive time fasting? (my understanding......)
Sago is processed from a root and usually people who fast do not eat grains or things made from grains like rice, wheat/chapati, dal etc. A wonderful supplement/replacement (?) of carbohydrates.

You need the following to make the powder :
Sago/Sabbakki/Sabudana : 1 cup (1 cup holds 100ml of water)
Almonds/Badami : 8 (toasted/roasted)
Rock Sugar/Kallusakkare : 1/2 cup
Saffron Starnds : 5
Orange Food Color : 1/2 tsp (any food color of your choice)

Heat a thcik bottomed pan and fry sago for 3-4 mins. Next almonds goes into pan. Roast them till they are crisp.Let sago and almonds cool down.
Break down rock sugar in your pestle and mortar.
Take sago, almonds, rock sugar pieces, food color in your mixer grinder/blender and grind it to get powder. Add saffron strands and store in a air tight container.


How to make:
Sago Almond Drink Powder : 1 tbsp
Milk : 200 ml (Hot Milk)

Mix both of them and let it stand for 2 minutes. You are ready to enjoy your drink. STIR BEFORE YOU DRINK. Sago tends to settle down after absorbing moisture :)

Alternatively you can add milk powder and hot water and mix. I make it this way in office. You can drink it in place of coffee..That is my cup with Sago Almond Milk



Kannada Cuisine said...

Happy Shivratri in advance lakshmi.. agle habbakke prepae agiro thara ide!
The drink looks yummy. I love anything with Almond and Kesari in it.

Deepthi Shankar said...

i love this drink ... Happy Shivratri to you

FH said...

Badami haalu with a sago twist, huh? Looks very very delicious.

My Mysore thatha's family do the whole rigmarole of 100% fasting, all night Shiva-Parvathi story telling etc and next day EAT a LOT too!:D
My parents never did anything religious except 5 mins pooje at home and cook a feast. That's what I am doing too, not much Pooje but will make something sweet for kids. Let's see, every Monday Arvind is on call, so I have to force him to come home just for dinner! :)

Cham said...

Kind of instant use the powder and very handy. It looks like pudding LK! Slurp!

notyet100 said...

this looks delicious,..will try this shivratri,..:-)

Paru ... said...

wow, very yummy..Try madtini..

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Lovely drink..instead of plain badam milk or sago payasa. this combo is very tasty

Unknown said...

wow.. Nice idea... really fantastic..nice entry .

Mangala Bhat said...

wow ! Lakshmi ..nice kanri ...happy shivaratri..will give it try ...tasty aagide ansta ide ...hey unique recipe ri ellu kelirlilla ...thank u for sharing the easy quick recipe :)

Priya said...

I am on a sudden mission to try sago recipes, and this sounds delicious! Will give it a try soon. thank you :)

Smi said...

wow...Mechbekoo nimma recipe ge..Sago just reminds me only Sago aloo vada,and there is a drink added too.

one question :when we fry the sago wont they turn brown or change the color from white?

Lakshmi said...


You had a question about roasted sago. does not turn black or brown.Fry it in a thick bottomed pan on medium heat . When you see that sago starts poping..wait for a min more and remove it from the pan :)

I have Sago Idlis,Sago halwa, sago popcorn and sago almond drink in my blog. Check them out :)

Lakshmi said...

@ Ashakka,
Twist antha helalla ashakka. My sis found powdering sago and mixing in the milk made life easier esp to feed her daughter. I improvised it by adding badam etc to give it to my son. Sunny still loves MILO but I fell in love with this drink :)

nice to see you back..

@Mangala, sis used sago powder for making milk. Her daughter has heaty body. I improvised it and she was super happy for the new recipe :)

Many thanks for your lovely comments :)

Sanghi said...

Mmm.. Love it :) delicious@@!

Ashwini said...

Thumba channagide..I fast on that day, I dont take anything at all..but only till night. Night I do pooja and take palaharas..This is very good..Even for kids it is healthy and delish..

Unknown said...

you really come up with brilliant ideas especially using sago..this one sounds so good and delicious..
will try making and storing this planning to make your sago idlis this weekend..

Preety said...

the milk looks rich and creamy

Raks said...

Looks yummy! New to me too:)

Anonymous said...

Nice combination Lakshmi.. will try.. :)

Unknown said...

Very new recipe Lakshmi,Never heard of sago milk. Very convinient to make powder and store. Glass full of milk looks comforting..
Thanks for the recipe..

YOSEE said...

ಶಿವರಾತ್ರಿ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ . ನಾನಂತು , ಜಾಗರಣೆನೂ ಇಲ್ಲ ಉಪವಾಸವೂ ಇಲ್ಲ. ಹೊಟ್ಟೆ ತುಂಬಾ ಈ "ಯಮ್ಮೀ" ಸಬ್ಬಕ್ಕಿ - ಬಾದಾಮ್ ಹಾಲು ಕುಡಿಯುವ plan ! ಶಿವಾರ್ಪಣಂ !

Lakshmi said...

@ Yosee,
ahahaha.....nimagu shivaratriya shubhashayagalu :)

Kitchen Chronicles said...

yummy drink. looks rich. And a handy ready-made powder. Will try it.

Finla said...

I love the colour, must say i have neer had this drink.

Anonymous said...

Lakshmi, I have seen a lot of sago dishes but I dont know what sago is :(

Priya Suresh said...

Lovely drink gonna try soon..hats off for ur creation..

Unknown said...

ooho hoo good idea lakshmi sago almond milk looks so creamy nice color too nanu upavasa irutini but I eat fruits.Happy shivaratri lakshmi.

Adlak's tiny world said...

happy shivrathri dear.. delicious glass.. will come and finish that in seconds. keep it for me.

KonkaniBlogger said...

Yes, you should be proud for coming up with something like this. It really looks good and healthy. I will try it soon. Thanx for sharing Lakshmi.

Rajee said...

Love to Slurp with a healthy twist.
Happy Shirvatri to you. Pls let me know whether u fry sago over low flame.

KonkaniBlogger said...

Lakshmi, I tried this and we all loved it! I didn't add saffron, but added a few pista and elaichi in addition to your ingredients..Thanx for a simple and super tasty healthy drink idea :)..

Kitchen Chronicles said...

I tried it and it was very very nice. Thank you very much.

Unknown said...

delisious looking........wanna try it super agi iratte anta ankondidini..

Unknown said...

delisious looking........wanna try it super agi iratte anta ankondidini..

Anonymous said...

Sounds very good. We in the family are very fond of sago dishes. I will try it soon. Thank you for your good idea to take it to office in place of coffee/tea. That is wonderful.