An iconic snack recipe from Maharashtrian cuisine, this Sabudana vada recipe is perfect to go with your evening cup of tea. Simple ingredients like sabudana or tapioca pearls, potatoes, and a handful of Indian spices combine together to give this delicious vegan, gluten-free, and totally plant-based dish.
What is Sabudana?
Sabudana, also known as Sago Pearls or Tapioca Pearls is made from the Tapioca Starch. hence, it is completely plant-based, vegan and gluten-free. Since it is a naturally occurring grain, hence it is very suitable for those who are gluten intolerant.
Sago Pearls are primarily starch, hence it becomes sticky when it comes in contact with water. Also, as it is high carb in nature, it is not suitable for Keto Diets.
How to soak Sabudana or Sago Pearls for Sabudana vada recipe?
Before you cook Sago Pearls, you have to soak them for a minimum of 6 hours. If not done properly, it can get sticky and all you will be left would be a huge lump of starch. So, it is important to know how to soak Sago Pearls perfectly. It is a simple equation between the sabudana and water.
1 part of Sabudana pearls = 1 part of Water
For instance, if you are using 1 cup of Sabudana pearls, then use 1 cup of water to soak it overnight. Use the same cup for both measurements, and you will never get it wrong!
Ingredients required for making Sabudana Vadas at home
- Sabudana/Tapioca Pearls/Sago Pearls
In order to cook them, they are required to be soaked overnight. I have given the procedure for the same, above. Next morning, press a single Sago pearl between two fingers and it should be soft and squishy, but not sticky.
Boiled potatoes act as a binding agent for these vadas or cutlets. You can simply boil a couple of potatoes in very little water and allow them to drain over a sieve in order to remove maximum moisture for them.
- Spices & Herbs
This recipe needs very little spice in it. All we need are some Cumin Seeds, grated Ginger, finely chopped Green Chilies for heat & fresh Coriander leaves.
So, you see that this Sago Pearl fritter or Sabudana Vada recipe is 100% Vegan, Gluten-free, Vegetarian, Plant-based, & Grain-free.
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An iconic snack recipe from Maharashtrian cuisine, this Sabudana vada recipe is perfect to go with your evening cup of tea. Simple ingredients like sabudana or tapioca pearls, potatoes and a handful of Indian spices combine together to give this delicious vegan, gluten-free and totally plant-based dish.
- ½ cup Sabudana/Sago Pearls/Tapioca Pearls Soaked overnight, water drained
- 1 cup Potatoes pre-boiled, water drained
- ½ inch Ginger
- 2 Green Chilies
- ¼ cup Fresh Coriander Leaves
- Salt to taste
- ¼ tsp Cumin Seeds
- Refined Oil to shallow fry
Finely chop the Green Chilies and fresh Coriander leaves.
Mash the potatoes and sabudana pearls together. Mix rest of the ingredients and mash up well.
Divide the entire mix into 6 equal parts and roll & pat them into cutlets.
Heat Refined Oil in a pan, enough to shallow fry the vadas or cutlets.
Fry the vadas till they turn golden and crisp. Drain them out on a paper towel or napkin to soak the extra oil. Serve with pudina chutney, ketchup or mustard sauce