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    Should preparations of Sago (Sabudana) be taken by the Hindus during fast?

    Have a query about the diet used in hindu fasts? wondering about the usage of sago and its preparations for fast? Here, on this page you can find ample advice from experts.

    Many Hindus observe fast during religious festivals. There are some restrictions on food during those particular days.

    Some people avoid onions, eggs and other items during such auspicious times. At the same time they take dry fruits or fruits or milk etc to compensate for food during fasts. Sago (Sabudana) is one such item which is consumed in one form or other during fasts in many places in our country.

    I want to know what is sago and how it is made or produced? Is it OK to consume it during fasts?
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  • It is an agricultural product.The tapioca sago roots are collected from the farms. Then they are cleaned with fresh water. Then the skin is peeled and crushed. Then the milk that is obtained from crushing is kept in a tank for about 3 to 8 hours. The remnant impurities float on the top of the tank. They are washed out and separated from the milk. Then the water is drained and the solid milk cake left at the bottom is collected. This milk cake is made into small globules by using a prill manufacturing machine. These globules are cooked Well, After cooking these globules are dried at room temperature.
    When you are on fasting I think you are not supposed to consume this product. Generally, they make a sweet dish with this in our place. On a fasting day taking some liquids is the practice by many and these days different people are suggesting eating fruits also.
    As far as I am concerned on a day of fasting we should not take anything except water.

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  • Your question has two different entities
    Sago pearls - starch from palm stems
    Tapioca pearls - starch from cassava roots

    Sago is basically derived from edible spongy center palm stems of Metroxylon sagu and commercially available in the form of small pea sized balls referred to as pearls.
    Sago pearls are different ones made from cassava starch/tapioca and potato starch. In India tapioca pearls are confused for sago palms.

    The cassava roots are cleaned, outer brown thick skin is peeled off, then washed thoroughly and crushed to get a white milk that is full of starch, from the milk once water is evaporated tapioca powder is got. This is either converted to pearls, sticks or flakes. All these are opaque and need a good soaking in water, once cooked the pearls become translucent.
    Since tapioca pearls have only carbohydrates, tapioca is not considered a good nutritive food (no fiber, not much of vitamin and minerals).

    Sabudhana kichidi s often taken by people who are breaking a fast, since many ages, it is believed that sabudhana is easy on the digestive system after a long day fast.

  • Your very query is different and clear's many doubts. In Hindu's especially in Karnataka sabudana is prepared only during sankashti day which is known as Lord Ganesha day. That day people here prepare sabhudana kichidi without salt and take it as breakfast. Evening after offering prayers to Moon they end their fasting and have food. As your query is concerned sabudana is made from sagu plant it looks like sweet potato. The roots of sagu plant is peeled in factory and washed thoroughly and then crushed in milk. This mixture is allowed to settled for a couple of hours then the settled part is taken out in the form of cakes and then again molded as globules in regular machine as we get in market. So I think its the best item to be prepared during fast. Commonly it also depends on your rituals how our elder's are following . But as your query is concerned sabhudana can be prepared for fasting.
    I will be attaching a link on how sabudana is prepared? where it may clear your most of the doubts.
    Sabudana preparation

  • The authors have given brief knowledge about sabudana and its source .What I would add here is my religious knowledge for Sabudana and should anyone prefer eating Sabudana khichdi during fast. People observe fast with different levels of Spirituality. Knowing the level of likeness towards particular God people observe fast in different ways.Some bite on some food like sabudana khichdi or groundnut with jaggery etc. Some people drink liquid food like milk or fruit juices.In Hinduism there is no unique way made compulsory to observe fast.I want to highlight here is people bite on food such as Sabudana khichdi mostly during fast.If we make a list of food eaten during fast we will observe all the ones which we hardly consume on other days. Hence indirectly we follow a unique concept of having food hardly eaten on other days. This concept gives justice to fasting. Also I have heard a story of a God in which he is supporting eating n number of times during fast..God says " You may eat fasting food n number of times but observe a fast..that is more important !"

  • Sago or sabudana is perfect intake during fast. It is cooked with Potato and some dry fruits.
    Even though sago is processed items it is recommended now a days. Technically if you are fasting , you should only have liquid diet. In this century every religion has modified their customs as per convenience. So if you want hard core fasting then only have liquid diets like juice and water.

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