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Spicy Sabudana Vada

shakti's picture
This Sabudana vada recipe is for all of you who love this popular Indian snack. A dish from the state of Maharastra, the sabudana vada is an excellent tea time snack. This would surely set the mood for a great evening.
  Potatoes 3 , boiled and mashed
  Tapioca 250 Gram, washed and soaked (Sabudana)
  Cumin seeds 1 Teaspoon
  Salt To Taste
  Chili powder 1 Teaspoon
  Lemon 1⁄4 , juiced
  Coriander leaves 1
  All purpose flour 1 Teaspoon (Maida)

1. In a bowl, mash potatoes.
2. Add sabudana, cumin seeds, salt and red chilli powder.
3. Squeeze juice from 1/4th lemon and coriander leaves. Mix well.
4. Add some all purpose flour and mix well.
5. Make balls from this mix and flatten them.
6. In a pan, heat oil.
7. Once oil is hot, add the flattened ball and fry it on both the sides till it browns evenly on both the sides.

8. Serve Spicy Sabudana Vada on a plate with mint or coriander chutney.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
5 Minutes
Ready In: 
10 Minutes
Indian Fried Tapioca Pearl Balls
If you love to munch on Indian snacks and want to reproduce the same taste in your kitchen, then here is another special choice of Indian snacks. The sabudana vada or tapioca balls are most popular in the city of Mumbai and around. Pair these snacks with hot cups of Indian-styled ginger tea and enjoy a lazy afternoon.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 707 Calories from Fat 11

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 1 g2%

Saturated Fat 0.2 g1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 243.2 mg10.1%

Total Carbohydrates 171 g57.1%

Dietary Fiber 9.3 g37.1%

Sugars 6.8 g

Protein 7 g14.8%

Vitamin A 17% Vitamin C 111.3%

Calcium 9.7% Iron 36.2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


showmethecurry's picture
Sabudhana Vadas are one of our favorite Indian snack foods. Looks like a great recipe! Co-Hosts: Hetal and Anuja
Ganesh.Dutta's picture
saago bada.....very traditonal great recipe from india....
itsme's picture
Shakti its great recipe......!!
shantihhh's picture
This looks wonderful! I wonder if they could be spayed with oil and baked? I have given up with deep frying as it's just not healthy. Cutting out oils and cutting back on portions as well as eliminating whites flour-rice I have lost 32#. I gained weight after a back injury and was eating more than usual. easy to do when you love to cook.
farah's picture
The vadas cames out really nice. Before this the vadas would disintegrate in the oil. After watching i realized that maida was missing. Thanks again for an easy and wonderful recipe
aishwarya's picture
hi sakhti, it looks like an easy recipe but could you please put up measurements also because in video too you are about to say how much sago you are going to add then instead of saying the amount you went on to explain how to wet it. Would really appreciate it. Otherwise the vadas look yummy :D.
Radzie's picture
I have this undying inclination for Vadas, although i havnt yet tried this one. Seems like a great 4 o' clock snack choice, gotta try! Thanks Shakti for sharing the recipe.
aparna.priya's picture
gr8 recipe...
Gadget.Lady's picture
the recipe sounds yum... as shantihh said the 'vada' can be sprayed with oil and baked.. however, the crispiness of the deep fryin will be missing there.. isnt it?
Abhaya's picture
Dear Shakti, Main ingredient shabudana (sago)is being missed in your recipe isn't it.
Anonymous's picture
May be she missed it out in the ingredients part, but in the video she is talkin about it very cleary. Did you watch the video?
Abhaya's picture
Dear Shakti, The main ingradient sabudana is missed in your recipe, isn't it?
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