Sabudana Vadas fried cutlets made with soaked Sabudana/Sago pearls mixed and mashed with boiled potatoes and coarsely ground peanuts. It is a popular Maharashtrian breakfast or evening time snack. It is also one of the popular food items that people in India make during the fasting days especially during Navratri, Shivratri or Janmashtami. Sabudana Vadas is something that was not a regular at mom’s house though she made sabudana khichdi whenever she Fasted, it was just a few times that she made these vadas. Years later, when I came to Mumbai after my marriage, I learned to make these vadas and sabudana khichdi from my house help who was a Maharashtrian. I make these during Navratri time when I fast, kids also like to have with some` ketchup or chutney. For kid-friendly recipe omit green chillies. Sabudana Vadas are good to be served as snacks to guests with green chutney. I like having these with sweet yogurt, topped with green chutney and tamarind chutney. When making during fasting time, omit garlic from the recipe. For the recipe of green chutney click here.
Sabudana is rich in starch or carbohydrates and is great for a quick boost of energy and so it is the main reason that people have it during fastings days..Sabudana or Sago has a similar cooling effect like rice,has a cooling effect on the body system, and is given in the treatment of alignments due to excessive body heat.
Since it is a rich source of carbohydrates and low in fat and proteins and has a negligible amount of Vits. it is paired with rich and easily digestible sources of protein like peanuts and ilk and veggies. Sabudana flour or Tapioca flour is used in for gluten-free cooking and baking.
Let’s see how I made these Crispy Sabudna Vadas.
- 1 Cup Sabudana/Sago Pearls
- 11/2 no. Boiled Potatoes Medium sized or as required
- 1/2 Cup Peanuts
- 1/4 Cup Kuttu Atta/Buckwheat flour or Singhare ka Atta/Chestnut Flour
- Fresh Coriander/Cilantro leaves as required
- Oil for frying
- 2-3 Green Chillies
- 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder or as required
- Salt as per taste
- Wash Sabudana 2-3 times thoroughly in running water. Soak in sufficient water for 5-6 hrs or overnight.
- When the pearls soak water and become soft, drain water completely in a colander.
- Coarsely grind the peanuts, finely chop the fresh cilantro leaves,green chillies.
- Mash and mix together soaked soft sabudana pearls with coarsely ground peanuts, chopped chillies, cilantro, red chilli powder, cumin seeds, lemon juice and salt.
- Make tennis ball sized round flat cutlets. Fry in hot oil, until light golden brown.
- The oil should not be very hot else the cutlets will remain raw from inside.
- Once done, drain the cutlets on a kitchen paper.
- Serve hot with chutney and yogurt.
- When making these vadas for fasting time add sendha namak.
- Water should be completely drained from the soaked pearls else the vada will not bind properly and we will have add more flour, that spoils the texture and taste of vadas.
Try these Sabudana Vada and you will want to make these again and again. These go well with a cup of hot adrakwali chai/ ginger tea.
Taking these Sabudana Vadas to Blogging Marathon #95 for Week 3 Day 3, where the theme of the week is Deep Fried Love. My earlier posts for the Deep Fried Love theme.. were.. Cheesy Jalapeno Poppers and Methi Dal Poori.
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