The rainy months from lune to September are considered holy in India.The 4 month period is a time when devout Hindus eat no meat or fish. Special fasting foods are made from sago bananas peanuts yoghurt and root vegetables.
How it growsSago is made from the viscous sp of a tall shady tree. The tree thrives in hot dry conditions. As with nubber trees a groove is cut in the trunk of the sago palm at intervals and the sp which oozes out is collected. It is strained through special sieves which form it into little soh droplets. These are dried until hard. Depending on the size of holes in the sieve different sizes of sgo are produced.
Appearance and tasteSago balls are like small pearls white and hard. On soaking in water they turn soff and as they absorb more and more fluid they become mushy When cooked they change from opaque to translucent. The taste is bland but creamy. When cooked sago pearls have the texture of caviar spongy and slightly slippery.
Culinary usesSago is always washed and left to soften. Once it is soff and can be squashed between 2 fingers it is made into svouries or sweets. Kneaded together with seasoned mashed potatoes into a dough it gives texture and flavour to vadas or small patties that are shallowfried. It is also made into poppadoms that can be deepfried. Sago poppadoms look like sheets of bubbles and are sometimes tinted pink or green for decoration.