Sabudana (Tapioca seeds) Vada

Another variety of vada to dish out for a snack?

Sabudhana Vada is made out of  Tapioca seeds, which is known generally as “Sago” (in hindi) is a term originated from Malaysia as the seed is from the Sago palm.
It is known as Javarisi in Tamil Nadu and Sabubiyam in Andhra Pradesh.
The seeds are totally rich in carbohydrate, iron, calcium and has no fat or cholesterol!
The seeds are used in the preparation of an Indian version of chips!!  (The seeds are soaked, pressure cooked, ground and totally dried to prepare these chips).
This can be stored in air tight containers, ready to be deep fried!

This dish is typical to the State of Maharashtra. Simple and exotic in flavour, this dish needs a little bit of thought as the tapioca seeds need to be soaked for a few hours.
The roasted peanuts and mashed potato are distinctive as well to this recipe!!!

Served as a snack, tastes delicious with any sauce like tomato sauce or any chutney preferably Dahi (yoghurt) Chutney

Ingredients to make 20 Vadas

1 Cup Tapioca Seeds
2 ½ Cups Water (to soak the Tapioca)
¼ Cup Roasted and Crushed Peanuts
2-3 Potatoes (peeled and chopped in quarters)
1-2 Green Chillies (finely chopped)
A few Fresh Coriander leaves (finely chopped)
2 Tbs Lime Juice
1-2 Tsp Salt
A pinch of Turmeric
A Pinch of Asafoetida

3 Cups Oil (to deep fry)

Sabudana Tapioca Seeds Vada

Sabudana Vada


Soak the tapioca seed for 6-7 hours.
Drain thoroughly and keep aside
Cook the potatoes directly in a pan until soft or
Pressure Cook the peeled potatoes, mash it thoroughly and set aside
Mix the tapioca seeds with the mashed potatoes, crushed peanuts, green chillies, chopped coriander leaves, lime juice, turmeric, salt and asafoetida.
Heat the oil to medium heat
Flatten a small lime sized ball of the above mixture on the palm of your left hand
Slide it into the hot oil. About 6-7 may be fried in one batch
Drain the oil and place the vadas in a dish with a paper towel to absorb any excess oil
Repeat the process with the remainder of the mixture.

Note: The vadas should take atleast 3-4 minutes to fry. If it turns brown any sooner, lower the heat and fry it so that it cooks well on the inside.
Can be served with any sauce like tomato sauce too!