Sabudana Vada

Navratras will make you witness two kinds of people in this country: there are people who fast and then there are people who feast. Ideally you are allowed to consume all possible fruits and navratri special rice and roti during this fast but these nine days of navratri give you more than enough chances to indulge all kinds of super delicious dishes from kuttu ki roti, kuttu k pakode, sabudana khichdi and my favourite being these gorgeous golden brown sabudana vadas! I totally love these and so does everyone in my family. This kind of special fried food is made mostly on the last two days specially if all of us have fasted in the first seven days where we mainly consume fruits and milk with one major meal in the evening.


Sabudana vadas are made using mashed potatoes and sabudana or tapioca seeds that have been soaked overnight. If you are making these as a part of your “fasting” meal, the salt needs to be replaced with the navratri sendha namak and the rest remains the same.

Here is the detailed recipe:


Sabudana Vada
Golden fried crispy potato vadas with sabudana/ tapioca seeds

Prep time: 25Cook time: 20

Total time: Yield: 22-26 pieces of vadas

  • 3 cups or 450 grams boiled mashed potatoes
  • 3 cups or 500 grams tapioca seeds/ sabudana soaked overnight
  • 1/2 cup crushed peanuts
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp red chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp coriander (finely chopped)
  • oil for deep frying
  • plus 4 tbsp oil for making the vadas


  1. Mix together mashed potatoes, tapioca seeds/ sabudana and crushed peanuts.
  2. Add salt, red chilli powder and coriander.
  3. Rub some oil on the palms and make small vadas and let this remain at room temperature for about 10 minutes before deep-frying them.
  4. Take them out of the oil once they are cooked. After 5 minutes, fry them again on the highest flame for one-two minutes until they are very crispy. Serve with chutney or your choice of dip.


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