These pearls are both vegan and gluten free and can be used in both savory and sweet dishes. In India, they are treated as grains in dishes like Khichidi or made into fritters during special fasting holidays. When using the pearls in this manner, soak them first overnight or at least for four hours. For tapioca pudding, add to milk and sugar and heat until thickened before tempering in your eggs. Make your own boba at home by adding the pearls to boiling water. Cover and let boil for 15 minutes, turn off heat and let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse with cold water revealing translucent pearls ready for your tea.