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Sabudana Puri

Samina.Tapia's picture
Sabudana puri is a popular and delicious vegan, fried snack made of Sago. It is eaten by Indian women who fast during the festival of Navratri,which marks the onset of autumn and is celebrated in different ways all over India. It is a festival of worship, dance and music and is celebrated from the first to ninth date of Ashwin Shukla Paksha of the Hindu Calendar for the worship of Goddess Durga.
  Whole wheat flour 1 Cup (16 tbs) (atta)
  Refined flour 1 Cup (16 tbs) (maida)
  Potatoes 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), boiled and mashed (Batata)
  Sago 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), soaked for 1 hour (saboodana)
  Green chilly 1 , finely chopped (hari mirch)
  Namak 1 Teaspoon (namak)
  Red chili powder 1 Teaspoon (lal mirch)
  Asafoetida 1⁄4 Teaspoon (hing)
  Coriander powder 1 Teaspoon
  Oil/Clarified butter /ghee 2 Cup (32 tbs) (for frying)

1. To make the dough, in a large mixing bowl, combine the flours (atta and maida) adding salt to taste and 1 tbsp of oil or ghee
2. Rub the oil into the flour with your fingertips to get a sandy texture mixture.
3. Add sufficient water and mix quickly and lightly to form a dough.
4. Knead the dough until it is soft then cover bowl and leave dough to rest for 1/2 an hour.

5. In a small skillet, heat 1 tbsp oil or ghee.
6. When hot but not smoking, fry asafetida, red chili powder, coriander powder for 20 seconds.
7. Add green chili mashed potaotes and soaked and drained sago. Sauté for 2 minutes until water dries up.
8. Take pan off the heat and allow mixture to cool.
9. Divide the dough and shape into small balls.
10. Dust a rolling board with flour and roll out each ball into a small circle of 5 inches.
11. Spoon a tablespoon of the sago mixture in the center of each dough circle, gather and shape into a dumpling, then flatten and roll again into thin, small flatbread.
12. In the meantime, heat fat in a large frying pan.
13. When the fat is hot, drop the puris, 3 or 4 at a time and fry them for 2 to 3 minutes, turning once, until evenly golden brown and crisp.
14. Remove them with a slotted spoon onto several layers of absorbent paper towels and drain well.
15. Continue to fry the remaining puris.

16. Sabudana Puris are best enjoyed when hot. You can accompany them with, yogurt, a sweet relish or spicy mint chutney, made without garlic.

You can use cooked mashed green peas instead of potatoes if you want.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Vegan, Vegetarian
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
I love Sabudana puris. Besides being a wonderful and filling snack, eaten during the Navratri Vrat (Fast) I always make them on a cold and rainy day when I feel like eating something hot and fried, with a cup of piping hot Chai (Tea). Try this recipe and you will be making it more often then you think you will!

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 1337 Calories from Fat 1024

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 116 g178.3%

Saturated Fat 15.1 g75.4%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 495 mg20.6%

Total Carbohydrates 71 g23.7%

Dietary Fiber 6.6 g26.4%

Sugars 1.2 g

Protein 9 g17.6%

Vitamin A 1.7% Vitamin C 21.8%

Calcium 3.3% Iron 19.4%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Samis.Foodisms's picture
Those fasting for Navratri must try this delicious snack!
Anonymous's picture
Sabudana puri is like sabudana vada..but I like the shape of these puries..they are more presentable...and delicious also.
Samina.Tapia's picture
These are less oil drenched than the vadas actually!
Anonymous's picture
when it come to this dish.. i dont mind packin in the calories... it tastes so good
Anonymous's picture
One can have this fried snack post navratri as well.
sumer's picture
i too cook these during navratras!
Shilpa222's picture
i luv saboodana snacks...Fast food and 'fast' food!!
colorfulcandies's picture
great read
Anonymous's picture
Good option for people, fasting........ I don't like sabudana kichdi........but sabudana puri or wada is anytime good to eat......
Anonymous's picture
Yummy. I love sabudana vada with chutney! Will ask my mom to make these for me. :P
Anonymous's picture
Can't you eat these any other time?
Gossip.Goddess's picture
looks healthy
yamini's picture
For a long time during my growing years, I was not much of a fan of sabudana or sago as we call it. However, that changed once I started eating the Sago cutlets, made with potatoes, peas and basil kneaded together. The Sago puri seems to be another good idea to start liking this ingredient altogether afresh.
Anonymous's picture
This is my favorite dish when I am fasting.
chockyfoodie's picture
I prepare it otherwise too. Its very tasty.
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