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Cooking With Tapioca

Updated on December 23, 2012
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Tapioca is the starchy root of cassava plant. It needs to be processed well to remove the cyanogenic glycoside before consumption, which if not removed can cause harm to the body.

Tapioca is finely processed as shining beads in Asia, mainly India, to make sure all harmful cyanogenic glycoside is removed from it before it's been marketed for consumption.

Processing consists of the below steps:

  • Washing of the Tapioca root
  • Pelling the skin
  • Pulping it by crushing in rollers
  • Separate coarse particles using a shifter
  • Leaving it out on a settling tank for 3-4 hours for starch to separate out
  • Then the starch is partially dried and sent to for further processing
  • Then they are polished into shiny beads of Tapioca, ready for consumption.

The pearl beads or shiny beads of tapioca are called differently in different regions, but the most common names are Sabudana or Shabudana or Pearl Sago or Pearl Tapioca.

Pearl Tapioca is easily available at India stores or online on ebay or amazon. Make sure you buy the granular ones.

They are rich source of carbohydrates and can be cooked easily to form a great tasty meal. They are also easily digestable and light on stomach.

Cooked Pearl Tapioca light carbohydrate tasty Dish. Ready to be eaten !
Cooked Pearl Tapioca light carbohydrate tasty Dish. Ready to be eaten !
Pearl Tapioca , Sago, Sabudana
Pearl Tapioca , Sago, Sabudana
Green Chilli
Green Chilli
Chopped Green Chilli
Chopped Green Chilli
Pear Tapioca Soaked in water for 2 hours
Pear Tapioca Soaked in water for 2 hours
Boiled potatoes
Boiled potatoes
Peanut Powder
Peanut Powder
Add peanut to oil
Add peanut to oil
Add green chilli cumin seeds and potatoes
Add green chilli cumin seeds and potatoes
Add peanut powder
Add peanut powder
Add Sago or Pearl Tapioca
Add Sago or Pearl Tapioca
Add Water and cover with a lid to steam
Add Water and cover with a lid to steam

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 1 Cup serves two


  • 1 Cup Pearl Tapioca/ Sabudana, Soaked for 2 hours in water
  • Two boiled Potatoes
  • Handful of Peanuts
  • 4 Spoon Dry Peanut Powder
  • 4 Green Chillies, Finely Chopped
  • 1 Spoon Cumin Seeds
  • 4 Spoons Vegetable or Canola Oil
  • 1 Spoon Salt


  1. Take frying pan and add oil, let it heat
  2. Once Oil is hot, add Cumin seeds, chopped green chillies and a handful of peanuts.
  3. Take the boiled potatoes, peel their skin and put them in the frying pan while crushing them into smaller pieces with your hands
  4. Let them mix well and get fried
  5. Add peanut powder and mix well
  6. Now add the soaked Pearl Tapioca and mix well
  7. Add one cup of water and salt and stir well
  8. Cover it with a lid and leave for 4 minutes
  9. Open up the lid and mix it well. You can garnish with cilantro leaves if you like. Now your Tapioca dish is all ready to be eaten. Serve it hot and enjoy the light carbohydrate food.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 500
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 135 g45%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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    • mr-veg profile image

      mr-veg 5 years ago from Colorado United States

      @Kim you are very welcome, hope you like it !!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      I've only ever used tapioca pearls to make tapioca pudding... but your recipe sounds great ^_^ I'll have to give it a go, thank you! voting up