Updated: Aug 7, 2020
What is Sabudana Vada / Sago..?
Sabudana Vada is a crispy delicious snack made by deep frying spiced sabudana and potato cutlets. This is traditionally a Maharashtrian recipe, but is now widely enjoyed across other parts of the country as well.
Sabudana vada is a popular recipe for vrats/fasts as it contains no onion and garlic. Sabudana (also known as sago or tapioca) is one of the most common ingredients used for making recipes for vrats during festivals like Navratras.
These vadas can be made as a snack or an appetizer. These are also popularly served on Indian Street Food stalls. These are typically served with Coriander Chutney, Tamarind Chutney or tomato ketchup.
1.5 bowl soaked Sabudana (Sago/Tapioca Pearls)
1/2 kg Potatoes, boiled and mashed
2-3 Green Chillies, finely chopped
1 bowl Peanuts, roasted and coarsely ground
1 tbsp Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
1.5 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
1 cup Coriander leaves, chopped
1.5 tbsp Salt or Rock Salt
Oil for Frying
Soak 1 bowl of Sabudana (Tapioca) in water overnight for 3-4 hours. When they have become soft, drain all the water using a colander.
Boil, peel and mash the potatoes. Add green chillies, crushed peanuts, chopped coriander leaves, cumin seeds, salt to taste, lemon juice, and soaked sabudana and combine well.
Divide them into small lemon sized portions and shape them into round flat patties.
Fry the patties in medium hot oil till they turn golden brown. Do not set the heat to a high setting, otherwise the vadas will not get cooked properly from the inside. Drain the excess oil on an absorbent paper.
Sabudana Vadas are ready. Serve them hot with coriander chutney, tamarind chutney or tomato ketchup.