Sabudana chi Vada (Savory Tapioca Fritters)

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Sep. 17, 2008

These delicious savory tapioca fritters are easy to prepare and always a family favorite. Serve them with a hot cup of Indian chai for a perfect little tea time snack.


Tapioca pearls 1 Cup (16 tbs) (sabudana / sago pearls)
Potatoes 2 Medium
Ginger 1 Inch , finely minced (peeled)
Thai green chillies 4 Small , finely chopped
Cumin seeds 1 Teaspoon
Finely chopped cilantro 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Coarsely ground roasted peanuts 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Salt To Taste
Vegetable oil/Peanut oil 200 Milliliter (For deep frying)


In a large bowl, add 1 cup of water to the tapioca pearls and gently mix. Cover with a large plate and check after 3 hours. The tapioca should be softened but not mushy. If they are still hard, add another 1/2 cup to 1 cup of water and repeat. Check periodically, each pearl should be soft to the touch then it is ready to use.

In a large pot of boiling salted water, boil the potatoes until fork tender. When slightly cooled, peel and cut into large pieces. Mash the potato pieces and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the tapioca, salt, green chillies, ginger, cumin seeds, ground peanuts and chopped cilantro leaves. Mix thoroughly to combine all the ingredients.

With lightly oiled hands, form round golf ball sized balls and then flatten into small flat patties. In a large deep skillet on medium high heat, add enough oil for shallow frying. When hot, carefully add the sabudana vadas and fry on medium low until golden brown on all sides. Remove and drain well on paper towels. Serve hot with your favorite chutneys and sauces.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 10 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 345Calories from Fat 112

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 13 g20%

Saturated Fat 1 g5%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 207 mg8.63%

Total Carbohydrates 55 g18.3%

Dietary Fiber 4 g16%

Sugars 3 g

Protein 5 g10%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet