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Sabudana Vada
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Sabudana Vada

Oh! so delicious Vadas! Sabudana Vadas are crispy and crunchy vegan fritters made with tapioca pearls, ground peanuts, potatoes, cumin & green chillies.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Soak Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Sabudana Vada
Author: Eateries Delightful


  • 3 medium sized potatoes
  • 1/2 cup sabudana pearls
  • 1/3 cup crushed peanuts - no skin
  • 3-4 green chillies
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Juice of 3/4-1 lemon // approximately 2 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp grated ginger //optional
  • 1/2 tsp sugar // optional. I skip it, can be added for flavor balance.
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Oil for cooking


Soak Sabudana -

  • Wash and rinse sabudana. Soak it in hot water for 30-45 mins. Water to sabudana ratio is 1:1
  • Once soaked, press a pearl gently between your fingers to make sure they are soft. Drain the sabudana using colander.

Make patties -

  • Peanuts can be kept coarsely crushed or finely. I make crush it coarsely. Boil and mash potatoes, add crushed peanuts, finely chopped green chillies, salt, cumin & lemon. Add sabudana and mix gently.
  • Make small patties from this dough, and keep them ready while the oil is being heated up in a pan.

Cook the patties -

  • Method 1: Fry these vadas in medium flame until they are golden on both sides and crispy.
  • Method 2: Heat paddu pan, add a little oil in each mould. Once the pan is heated, on low to medium flame, cook the patties until they are golden and crispy. Do not increase the flame to fasten the cooking time. You may end up with vadas undercooked in the center.
  • Serve hot with mint chutney or ketchup.


Draining water from sabudana is a very important step. Do not skip it.
If the patties break while frying, it means there is a lot of moisture in the dough, add a tbsp of flour, mix, make patties and then fry again.