Sabudana Vada is a traditional snack from Maharashtra, India. This filling and nutritious snack is usually served during religious festivals after a period of fasting. Made with tapioca pearls (sago), potatoes, and peanuts, this snack is full of carbohydrates and some protein, and is great if you’re looking for a quick boost of energy.
You can use big or small pearl sago.
Serving Size: 4 (makes 8-10)
Cooking Time: 25 minutes (not including soaking time)
- 1 cup sabudana (sago),
- soaked overnight in a little water,
- just enough to cover the sabudana
- 2 tbsp peanuts, roasted and husk removed
- 1 medium potato, boiled and peeled, and mashed
- Turmeric powder, a pinch
- 1/4 tsp red chilli powder (adjust to taste)
- 2-4 green chillies, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp cilantro (coriander leaves), finely chopped
- Salt to taste
- Vegetable oil for deep-frying
- Drain any excess water from the sabudana.
- Grind the peanuts to a coarse powder, and add it to the sabudana, along with turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt, mashed potato, green chillies, and cilantro, and mix well.
- Make small balls with this mixture (a little smaller than a golf ball), flatten them a bit, and set aside.
- Heat oil, and gently drop a small ball of the sabudana to test the temperature of the oil. If the ball floats to the top right away, the oil is hot enough. Fry the sabudana vadas until golden brown.
- Serve the sabudana vadas plain or with ketchup, and a hot cup of tea or coffee.