Sago in India

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SAbu Visual and Oral SAgo Testing Form

Created by Gopal Sabu, Salem in interest of Consumer Awareness
Dated 9th October 1997 (Revised Edition 5 -June 2011)
An easy way to find out the quality ranking of Sago,(As per taste of Indian Consumers)
by simple Visual and Oral tests without any Lab assistance.

It is so simple to test a Sago Sample.Take about 50 grams sample of Sago. Now, all you need to test the Quality is one glass of drinking water and about five minutes of time. Just mark points for the Sample as per following quality particulars and sum all marks given by you to find out the result.

Quality Particulars Results Points Indication Tips
Size of The Product Even 10

As a Unique type of Making Globules, generally sizes are not exactly even . Take it as Normal.

Normal 7
Uneven 3
Brightness of The Product Full 15

Here brightness means Shining in product. It is absolutely different from Whiteness or colour of Sago.

Medium 8
Dull 3
Oral Taste Sweet 20

Take two or three globules in mouth and chew it about 10 seconds and find actual taste from tip of the tongue.

Normal 17
Light Sour 10
Sour 3
Bitter -5
Irritating -10
Moisture (Physical and Oral) Minimum 15

Take some globules in hand and try to feel the moisture. If feeling like wet, means moisture is high. Take one or two pieces in mouth and try to break it by teeth. If it breaks crisply, Moisture is Minimum.

Medium 10
High 0
Colour (Visual) Ultrawhite 20

The only raw material of Sago is pure Milk extracted from fresh Tapioca roots. Naturally, It is Creamy White or MilkWhite (Colour of Milk). In manufacturing process, due to extra filtration, colour of product may vary to Ultrawhite or Blueish White . Due to storage of moistured goods, it becomes Yellowish White and due to impurities in process like heavy ash contents, it may look Brownish or Grayish White . Check thoroughly and mark the right colour. In my personal view, MilkWhite should marked as highest, but generally peoples think that more white is more good Sago (Which is a myth), hence I marked 20 to Ultrawhite.

MilkWhite 18
Blueish White 12
Yellowish White 9
Brownish White 5
Grayish White 1
Two Type Colour -5
Water Solubility of The Product Normal 15

Take about 10 grams Sago and put in a small glass filled with ordinary drinking water just above the level of Sago in glass. Drain excess water after 1 minute and wait for 5 minutes after taking it out. Now, take some wet globules and press between your fingers gently. If feeling soft, but in original round shape, it is normal and good. If feels very hard to press, it is abnormal Hard and not good for Indian recipes like Khichadi etc.

Half Soluble 8
Full Soluble 5
Abnormal Hard 5
Broken Percent in The Product No Brokens 5

Generally Good Sago Manufacturers filtered Broken from Sago, so there should nil broken pieces in the Sample. Mark medium if broken is less than 1% and high if more than 1% in the Sago sample.

Medium 3
High 0
Smell Original Tapioca 15

Smell lightly the wet sample (after water solubility test) for test. The good quality sago should have a light sweet smell of raw tapioca.

No Smell 10
Sour or bad smell 0
Irritating , chemical or gasious smell -5

Report Chart

Sum of Marks Achieved Grade Business Name of Grade
35 or Below 35 Not Marketable Kuppe
Between 36 to 50 Fifth Chalu Best
Between 51 to 64 Fourth Best
Between 65 to 79 Third Special
Between 80 to 95 Second Milkwhite
More than 95 First Superfine

The author has experience of more than thirty years in field of Sago and allied products.The SAVOSA Chart is solely prepared for Consumer awareness and evaluation based on Indian markets for Sago ( “Sago Common” not “boiled or Nylon Sago”) and should be used for that purpose only. You can use it freely for personal evaluation purpose.

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Thank you for sparing your Valuable time.