sabudana vada {sago fritters, gluten free}


One of the most popular fried snacks from Maharashtra. Its crunchy and very crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.


No festival is complete in India , until you have a plateful of delicacies.At the end of Navaratri Festival (festival of 9 nights) , I made this popular fried snack , ‘Sabudana Vada‘. It has such a great texture and bursting flavors that you can go on and on 🙂 The ingredients are quite the same as the Sabudana Khicdi, with an exception that this is fried and the former is sauteed. Sabudana in particulars absorb quite some oil. So keep all your kitchen papers ready before you fry them.

I love the sabudana vada from this popular small eatery in Bangalore, Rajvardhan foods. This little shop serves Maharashtra food and is extremely famous with the local crowd. This is served with sweetened yogurt or shrikhand and is probably the best combination I have tasted.

Makes about 15 vadas

2 cups of soaked Sabudana/Sagu/Sago
2 Potatoes, medium , boiled and mashed
2-3 Green chillies, paste or coarsely chopped
4 tablespoons of roasted Peanuts {skin removed}, coarsely powdered
4 tablespoons chopped Coriander
1 tablespoon Jeera
1-2 tablespoons of Rice Flour
2 tablespoons of Lemon Juice
Salt to taste
Oil for frying


  • Soak Sabudana for 5-6 hrs and drain the water completely.
  • Add mashed potatoes, green chillies , coriander , peanuts powder, jeera, rice flour, lemon juice and salt.
  • Mix well and make small cutlets.
  • The cutlets should not be too thick.
  • Fry it in hot oil until crisp and golden brown.
  • Drain the excess oil on a kitchen towel and serve hot with sweetened yogurt.


  • Adding rice flour will give the vadas crispiness and it also absorbs excess water content from the mixture.
  • You can use the bigger variety of sabudana. I have used the nylon sago.
  • Drain the water completely from the sago otherwise the mixture may turn mushy and start leaving out its shape in oil.
  • Do not over cook the potatoes. It should be just cooked to be able to mash them.
  • Wait till the oil is hot before frying them.

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Heap of Spice

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