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Seeme Akki Payasa | Sabbakki Payasa

Seeme Akki Payasa is one of the festival recipes. Tapioca pearls, also known as boba or SeemeAkki Sago, sabbakki, saggubiyyam are produced by passing the moist starch through a sieve under pressure. Pearl tapioca is a common ingredient in Asian desserts and in sweet drinks,  where they provide a chewy contrast to the sweetness and texture of the drink.  We use this pearls to  make delicious dessert – Payasa / Kheer . There are several different ways this payasam can be prepared, I am sharing my mother’s recipe here. She uses the  fried pearls to make the payasam.

Since we cook the pearls in milk the taste of the payasa  will be heavenly.


  • ¼ cup Seeme Akki / sabudana / pearl tapioca
  • ¼ cup sugar (or more)
  • 1 Tbsp ghee
  • 1 Tbsp cashew pieces
  • 1 Tbsp raisins
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • pinch of saffron
  • 3 cups of milk


Watch the video for tips and instruction in kannada!

  1. Keep the milk for boiling in a thick bottom pan.
  2. Now heat1 tsp of ghee in a different pan  and fry the cashews until it turns golden brown. Then add raisins, and fry it until it puffs up. Keep it aside.
  3. Keep the pan back on stove, heat  the remaining ghee.Once it is hot enough, fry the sabudana (usually it pops like a popcorn).
  4. Add this to the boiling milk and mix well.
  5. Add saffron.
  6. Let it boil for 20 to 25 minutes on a medium low heat. Stir this occasionally to avoid burning at the bottom.
  7. After 20 minutes, sabudana will become transparent and the consistency will be thick.
  8. Add sugar and let it boil for 2 to 3  and then turn off the heat.
  9. Finally add cardamom powder, fried cashews and raisins and mix well.
  10. Payasam is ready. Enjoy either cold or hot payasam!