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Javvarisi Payasam, Sabudana Kheer, Sago Payasam recipe

Javvarisi Payasam, Sabudana Kheer, Sago Kheer is a type of milk pudding made with the use of sago seeds. The small white pearls cooked with milk and sugar to make a delicious dessert just perfect for any occasion.
Course Dessert
Cuisine South Indian
Keyword javvarisi payasam
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Soaking Time 50 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 391kcal
Author Fareeha


  • 1 cup sago pearls
  • 1 liter milk
  • 1 cup sugar more or less according to your sweetness preference
  • dry fruits or nuts of your choice chopped


  • Rinse the sago pearls with water a couple of times. Soak them in 2 cups of water for half an hour.
  • After half an hour, drain the water and allow it to sit for another 20 minutes. This helps to moisturize the sago pearls thoroughly.
  • In a pan, bring the milk to a boil. Add the soaked sago gently while stirring with a spoon.
  • Continue cooking the milk on a simmer while stirring occasionally.
  • When the sago is cooked, they will become transparent. Switch off the flame at that point and add sugar.
  • Stir till the sugar is dissolved. Serve warm or chilled garnished with dry fruits



  • Soak the sago pearls in sufficient water. This will help the sago to cook faster and thoroughly.
  • You can adjust the amount of sugar according to your preference. You can also substitute it with other natural sugars. 
  • Garnish with dried fruits or nuts of your choice. You can also add coconut pieces to it. 
  • Adding condensed milk just before adding the sugar will elevate the taste to another level.
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