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September 30, 2015

Sabudana Vada With Chutney Recipe / Javvarisi Vadai / Sago Vada

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Javvarisi vadai
 Sabudana vada with peanut chutney is one of the most popular vrat / fasting dish in North IndiaNavratri is around the corner. I am sure most of you would look for no onion no garlic fasting recipes. Sago/Tapioca pearls(Sabudana in Hindi, Javvarisi in Tamil) is considered to be one of the most important ingredient used for cooking vrat recipes.
People usually make Sabudana khichdi, Kheer in North India and Javvarisi Upma, Payasam in South during fasting days either for breakfast or for dinner. I always wonder why sabudana is consumed on Vrat days even though it is high in carbohydrates & Calories. I browsed few websites and found some health benefits like Sabudana gives quick energy. It is very easy to digest & gives a cooling effect on the system. It is quite low in fat, protein and does not have any minerals or iron. So  milk, peanut & potatoes are added with sago to increase its nutrtious value.
Basically I love sabudana kheer /Javvarisi Payasam prepared with sugar or jaggery more than other sabudana dishes. But this year during this Navratri festival, I wanted to explore varieties of sabudana recipes. So I started with Maharashtrian style Sabudana vada/Sago fritters and made a quick video along with step by step pictures. Even though I tried it for the first time, its result made me felt as if I am making it regularly at home
Yes, it came out super crispy and tasted great with this easy peanut curd chutney. This chutney is one of the best side dishes for sabudana vada as mentioned HERE. I too loved this combo very much. I have tasted sabudana vada only once in GOLI VADA PAV outlet. But its taste and appearance was completely different than this one. I will try to experiment that vada and post it here. 
Now lets see how to prepare Sabudana Vada recipe for Vrat snacks. You can try shallow frying or Air fry it for diet version. Serve & eat it hot to enjoy its best taste !
Check out my Javvarisi vathal/Vadam & Mango Sago Pudding

Sabudana vada recipe

Sago vada / Sabudana Vada- Javvarisi Vadai

Sago vada / Sabudana Vada- Javvarisi Vadai How to make crispy Sago vada/Sabudana vada for vrat and teatime snacks.
Cuisine: North Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes

1 cup = 240ml
  • Sago/Sabudana/Javvarisi - 1/2 cup ( Big variety,NO nylon)
  • Medium sized potato - 1 no
  • Roasted peanuts - 2 tbsp
  • Arrowroot powder or rice flour or corn flour - 1/2 tbsp ( I used corn flour)
  • Green chillies - 1 no ( Finely chopped)
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch piece ( -do-)
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp (-do-)
  • Cumin seeds/Jeera - 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar-1/4 tsp
  • Lemon juice – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - as needed
  • Oil - to deep fry
Peanut chutney for sabudana vada
  • Fresh curd – 1/4 cup
  • Roasted Peanut powder – 2 tbsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1/2 – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Sugar – a pinch
  • Salt – as needed
  • Wash & soak the sabudana overnight Or 4-5 hours adding enough water to cover it. Soak till it becomes soft. Drain all the excess water & squeeze the sabudana. Take in a bowl.
how to make sabudana vada
  • Pressure cook potato, peel the skin and mash it well. Powder the roasted peanuts coarsely. Chop the green chilli, ginger & coriander leaves.
how to make sabudana vada
  • Take the squeezed sabudana,mix the mashed potato, peanut powder, Corn flour or arrowroot powder, chopped green chilli, ginger, coriander leaves, sugar & salt ( Use arrow root powder during fasting days). Mix it well & make a dough. DO NOT ADD WATER. Soaked sabudana & mashed potato along with rice flour makes a non-sticky dough.(TIP: If sago has more water content,vada will absorb more oil. If sago is too dry, vada may crumble or dissolve in oil. So take care and bind the mixture well)
how to make sabudana vada
  • Take a small ball sized batter and make a round. Pat it to bring vada shape. Arrange in a plate.
how to make sabudana vada
  • Heat oil in a kadai and put a pinch of batter. If it rises to the top, Oil is right. Keep the flame medium. Now drop the vada and cook in batches. Flip the vada and cook both sides till golden brown. This vada takes more time to turn golden brown. So keep flipping it until u get the color (TIP: Deep fry the vada patiently in medium flame else it may turn brown faster leaving the inner portion uncooked. Slow frying helps to bring crispy exterior. Make sure the temperature of oil is correct, else vada will absorb more oil)
how to make sabudana vada
Keep the unused batter in refrigerator because vada may absorb more oil if kept outside for long time.


Powder the roasted peanuts.Take the curd,powdered peanuts, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt, sugar. Mix well and check for taste. Serve hot vada with peanut chutney !
  • For variations replace green chilli with a tsp of red chilli powder.
  • You can skip rice flour/corn flour with arrow root powder during fasting days.
  • Add more green chillies for spicy vada.
  • You can also add garam masala powder for more spicy flavor. But its not the authentic recipe.

Enjoy crispy sabudana vada with peanut curd chutney ! Tastes yum !!
Sabudana vada with chutney

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