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Sabudana Vada


15 min

Sabudana Vada

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15 min


4 persons




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Author: Monica Feluchi

Sabudana vada is a healthy snack, which is popular in Maharashtra (India). It is often served with tomato sauce and green chutney. The dish is easy to cook and involves simple ingredients that are easy to find. Cook this Indian snack right away and enjoy its delicate taste!


  • sago: 1 cup
  • potato: 2 piece
  • peanuts: 2 Tbsp (roasted and coarsely ground)
  • rice flour: 1 Tbsp
  • cumin seeds: 1 Tbsp
  • lemon juice: 0.5 Tbsp
  • coriander leaves: 2 Tbsp (finely chopped)
  • green chili pepper: 1 Tbsp (finely chopped)
  • salt: 1 pinch (to your taste)
  • oil: 200 ml (for deep frying)

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Stages of cooking

  1. Prior to cooking the snack, soak sago in water for about 20 minutes. Then drain the water and set it aside for about 1.5-2 hours.

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  2. Boil potatoes, but don’t peel the vegetable before that. 

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  3. As soon as the potatoes are boiled, peel off the skin and mash the potatoes well.

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  4. Take a bowl and add mashed potatoes, sago, salt, rice flour, cumin seeds, green chilli, coriander leaves, lemon juice and ground peanuts. Mix the ingredients well.

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  5. Divide the potato mixture into the balls that are equal in size. Then flatten the balls and get ready to fry them.

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  6. Take a frying pan and heat oil in it. Deep fry flatten aloo sago patties on medium fire until they become light golden and crispy.

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  7. Place the deep fried sabudana vada on paper towels to get rid of extra oil. Serve hot with schezwan sauce, tomato sauce or green chutney. Bon appétit!

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History of the Sabudana Vada

Sabudana vada is a traditional Indian snack, which is popular in Maharashtra. It is believed that this dish originated in western India and became a popular snack option. Sabudana is also known as tapioca pearls and the vada is made by mixing this with mashed potatoes, peanuts, and spices. This deep-fried snack has become an essential dish during religious festivals, especially during Navratri when people fast and follow a special diet.

Tips and Tricks for Sabudana Vada Recipe

  • Soaking the sago pearls in water is crucial as it helps in making them soft before mixing with other ingredients.
  • Adding rice flour to the mixture will help in binding the ingredients together.
  • Roasting and grinding the peanuts add more flavor and texture to the dish.
  • Ensure that the oil is hot enough before frying the vada, as this will help in making them crispy.

Tips for presenting the dish

  • Sabudana vada is traditionally served with green chutney and tomato sauce. You can also serve it with tamarind chutney or sweet yogurt sauce.
  • Adding a sprinkle of chaat masala or lemon juice on top of the vada before serving will add more flavor.
  • Serving sabudana vada with a hot cup of tea or coffee makes for a perfect evening snack.

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