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Sadu Bottu Recipe (DIY Black Bindhi for Babies)

The Sadu bottu or black bindhi is made with Saggubiyyam (sabudana) hence it doesn't have any chemicals
Total Time40 mins
Keyword: Homemade Black bindhi for babies, Homemade Kajal, Sadu bottu recipe


  • Cast Iron Skillet or Steel Pan


  • 2 cups saggubiyyam (sabudana/sago pearls) (0.5 kg)
  • 1/2 tbsp white rice (sona masoori rice) (optional)
  • 3-4 tbsp water



  • Heat a steel pan or cast-iron skillet in high flame
  • Once hot add sabudana and rice to the pan and keep stirring until the pearls turn black
  • Make sure you turn the exhaust on, there will be a lot of smoke as sabudana melts in heat.
  • Once the entire mixture turns black, turn off the stove and let it cool
  • Transfer it to a blender, add 3-4 tbsp water and blend it to a liquid.
  • Strain the mixture with a muslin or a thin cotton cloth.
  • Transfer the strained liquid to a pan and cook till it becomes thick.

How to Store

  • Once cold, transfer it into a bowl. The Sadu bottu is traditionally stored in coconut shells but it can also be stored in glass/steel/wood/silver containers.

How to Use

  • When applying take little water on the finger and take out the paste with it and apply it on the forehead or cheeks. We use a backside of a matchstick or an earbud to apply the bottu so it's small and a perfect round :D it takes couple of minutes for the bottu to get dry, so the ideal time to apply is when the baby is asleep or when they are calm.
  • It dries up very quickly and does not smudge at all. It can be easily cleaned with water while bathing the infant.


Don't use non-stick pans as the pan may be ruined. Use either iron or steel pan