Sabudana Vada/ Sago Fritters


Crisp n crunchy outside but soft,  melt-in-mouth inside are these sago/tapioca pearls fritters or vadas, and these are my all time favourites. This sabudana vada is so rustic to cook with simple-basic ingredients as well as amazingly delicious. These easy to make vadas or snacks are eaten during fasting especially Navratri, as this fills the stomach for hours and one does not feel hungry for hours.
The flavours burst in layers with each bite and you want to eat more. This deep-fried snack is prepared with soaked sago/sabudana pearls added with boiled, mashed potatoes and roasted peanuts. This mildly spiced snack or vadas are loved to have with coriander chutneys (without onion)  and a glassful of masala chai


Course – Evening snacks

Cuisine – Indian

 Prep Time – 5 hours/ overnight

 Cook Time – 30 Min

 Total Time – 5 hrs 3o Min

 Yield – 5-6 Servings

 Author – Bharti Dhawan


1- Sabudana/sago/tapioca pearls  – 1 cup(soaked overnight in 2 cups of water
2- Boiled and mashed potatoes – 2 medium sized
3- Roasted and crushed peanuts – 1/2 cup
4-Rock salt – 1 tsp or to taste
5- Red chilly flakes – 1 tsp or to taste
6- Roasted cumin powder – 1 tsp
7- Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
8- Sufficient oil for deep frying


1- Squeeze water from soaked sago or sabudana and keep aside
2- Add all the ingredients mentioned above except oil
3- Make a dough  like consistency by mixing everything well
4- Apply some oil in hands to shape them like a cutlet
5- When all are shaped, refrigerate them for 10 minutes to set
6- Add oil to a kadahi and let it heat at high flame
7- Fry each vada till golden crisp and serve with coriander chutney(without onion)