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Sabudana Vada / Sago Fritters

Sabudana / Sago Fritters

Sabudana / Sago Fritters are the deep fried snacks made with mixture made with soaked sago (sabudana), boiled potatoes, peanuts, ginger chili , coriander. They are gluten free and vegan and are usually made during Hindu fasting festivals such as navratri, shivratri, ekadashi, chaturthi, janmashthami. They can also be enjoyed as a snack with a cup of tea or coffee.
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, brunch, dinner, festivalfood, gluten free, hightea, hotsnack, savoury, Snack, upwaas (fast), vegan
Cuisine Indian
Keyword afternoonsnack, afterschoolsnack, deepfried, ekaadashi, fritters, gluten free, hotsnack, jamashthami, navratri, peanut, potato, sabudana, sago, shivratri, tapioca pearl, upwaas (fast), vada, vegan, vraat
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
soaking time 6 hours
Servings 24 vada
Calories 73kcal


  • mixing plate or big bowl
  • plate x 2
  • small bowl
  • deep pot or pan for frying
  • slotted spoon
  • kitchen paper towel



  • Take sabudana and washed for 6-7 times with water till the starch is removed and water comes out clear after washing. (The more you wash the sabudana the more starch is removed from them and they become non sticky after cooking). Now put the washed sabudana in a broad flat deep vessel / tray and soak with water. The water should be at least 1/2 cm above the sabudana layer as shown. Cover and let it soak for a minimum of 5-6 hours or overnight. (Using a broad vessel ensures that the water is equally distributed among sabudana and they will not be sticking to each other).
  • Check after couple of hours the water level. The water is nicely absorbed by sabudana and they have become big. Cover and keep aside.
  • After six hours the sabudana have absorbed the water nicely and have become soft and big and are not sticking to each other.
  • Take the soaked sabudana in a big mixing plate or bowl. Add the boiled and mashed potato, roasted and crushed peanuts, cumin seeds, ginger chili paste, salt and curry leaves.
    Sabudana Vada / Sago Fritters
  • Mix everything together to make a dough.
    Sabudana Vada / Sago Fritters
  • Add the chopped coriander.
    Sabudana Vada / Sago Fritters
  • Mix together everything well .
    Sabudana Vada / Sago Fritters
  • Now shape the sabudana. Grease both palms with oil. Take a lemon ball size in palm and shape into a smooth ball.
    Sabudana Vada / Sago Fritters
  • Flatten with palm. Now with finger make a hole in center of the disc as shown.
    Sabudana Vada / Sago Fritters
  • The disc with hole is ready .
    Sabudana Vada / Sago Fritters
  • Similarly shape the remaining dough.
    Sabudana Vada / Sago Fritters
  • Deep frying sabudana. Heat oil on high heat. Once the oil is heated, lower the heat and bring it to medium heat. Put one vada and splash oil over it. Once it starts to get golden , put another vada and splash again oil over it and deep fry the vada by flipping them till golden and crispy. Remove in a plate lined with kitchen paper towel. Similarly deep fry the remaining vada.
    Sabudana Vada / Sago Fritters
  • Serve the hot vada with chutney or tea.
    Sabudana Vada / Sago Fritters
  • I had served the vada with zucchini raita, tea and ketchup as an evening snack.
    Sabudana Vada / Sago Fritters


Calories: 73kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 245mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 311IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 2mg