Sago Payasam -  Be it a wedding or any festive occasions,sweets or desserts are inevitable in Indian cuisine.Today I am going to share a simple, rich and delicious payasam prepared with Sago also known as Sabudana  and Javvarisi in Tamil. These are small and white balls ,when soaked and cooked, becomes larger, soft and translucent. 

Sago payasam is a very sweet and rich dessert. This delicious payasam is prepared with sago,milk and sugar as the main ingredient.For enriched taste and to enhance the flavor saffron and cardamom are used.This payasam is very easy to prepare and makes a great dessert after any meal. There are so many methods of making this payasam and here comes mine. 

Serves : 4
Preparation time : 10 minutes
Cooking time : 30 - 45 minutes
 Ingredients for Sago Payasam
  • 3/4 cup of sago | javvarisi - small sized
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 4 cups of milk
  • A pinch of saffron
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of ghee
  • 1 teaspoon of cardamom powder
  • 10 - 12 cashewnuts


Heat 1/2 teaspoon of ghee in a pan, add sago and fry for 2 minutes. 

Boil 4 cups of water and when it starts boiling ,add the sago,reduce the flame and allow it to cook until it turns transparent.Keep stirring occasionally to prevent sticking along the sides and bottom. 

When the sago turns translucent, remove from heat and keep it aside. Let it stand for 10 minutes.

Drain the sago through a sieve and rinse it with cold water to remove the excess starch from it.  Keep it aside

Boil milk in a thick bottomed pan, meanwhile soak the saffron in 2 tablespoons of warm milk and keep it aside.

when the milk gets reduced to say 3 cups, tip in the sugar and stir it under a low flame,until it dissolves.

Add the sago, along with the saffron milk and cardamom powder. Stir them gently and allow to cook for about 5 - 10 minutes . 

Meanwhile, heat the remaining ghee and fry the cashewnuts until golden brown for garnishing.

When the payasam is ready, remove from flame and add the fried cashew nuts.

Delicious sago payasam is ready to be served.


Serve this delicious sago payasam or javvarisi payasam  warm or chilled :)

Aruna Manikandan

I am a passionate cook and love to experiment various cuisines , in my kitchen. This blog is my humble attempt to register a copy of recipes that I learn and try . Feel free to experiment with my recipes and adjust accordingly to suit your taste and requirements.Hope you enjoy :)


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  1. This is my favourite now a days.when you come across sabudana when u eat is the sweetest of the things that you do when you eat this payasam.When i was a kid i dont like sabudana ,dont know the reason.

  2. Payasam looks fabulous and tempting,wish to have it now....

  3. Tempting,creamy payasam,looks delicious.

  4. My fav Payasam.. looks perfect..

  5. Payasam looks so tempting Aruna..

  6. Payasam looks really delicious,

  7. That's a creamy and yum payasam....

  8. Very healthy and delicous sago payasam.

  9. My favorite :) Craving for some now...

  10. Wow ! my favourite payasam,looks awesome.

  11. Sago payasam looks so tempting and very festive. beautiful click...

  12. Very yummy it..nice clicks

  13. super delicious and tempting payasam...looks perfect!

  14. delicious payasam aruna ,we often prepare this payasam for dosa or idiyappam.

  15. I love your clicks and ur payasam is tempting me

  16. sago kheer is my fav n never gets bore to taste..nicely cooked out dear..

  17. Very tasty kheer. Looks yummy.
    Thanks for sharing.

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