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Sabudana Vada (Tapiaco Pearl Fritters)

 Published 2008-Feb-19   Updated 2018-Jun-25

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Sabudhana Vadai, Sago Cutlet, Javarisi Vadai, Chowwary Vada)

Recipe For Sabudana Vada


  • Sago (sabudana/Javarisi) - 1 cup
  • Potato - 2 (boiled and peeled)
  • Onion - 1/4 (grated)
  • Green Chillies - 2 or 3 (minced)
  • Ginger - a small piece (grated)
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Peanuts (optional) - 1/4 cup (coarsely powdered)
  • Curry leaves - 2 strands
  • Cilantro - 2 strands
  • Mint leaves - 4 (Optional)
  • Asaefoetida - a pinch (optional)
  • Oil - to deep fry


  1. Soak the sago in water for at least three hours or overnight. Drain the water after soaking.
  2. Peel the boiled potatoes, mash it well and add it to the drained sago.
  3. Add the grated ginger, grated onion, green chillies, peanut powder, cumin seeds, asaefoetida and salt to the above mixture.
  4. Finely chop the curry leaves, mint leaves and cilantro and add to the above mixture.
  5. Mix everything together. Make small balls out of the mixture, press it with your palms to get the vada shape and keep aside.
  6. Heat oil in a deep kadai. When the oil is hot enough deep fry the vadas.
  7. Drain the excess oil in paper towel. Sabudana vada is ready to be served.

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Comments (12)

Person   ()
Hi Dahlia, Thank you for stopping by my blog. I reciprocate the compliment. You have a good blog too. Sago is something i've never cooked. Will try this out. Thank you.
Person   ()
Do try dershana. Its really yummy.
Person   ()
You will not find Maharashtrians (Sabudana Vada is a Maharashtrian dish) putting onions in a sabudana/sago dish.
Person   ()
Sure Narendran. The recipe given is a variant to suit to my taste. Do give it a try.
Person   ()
what is sago or sabudhana in malayalam?
Person   ()
Sago is called chowwary in malayalam.
Person   ()
Never tried this before, but instead of deep frying, how about sautéing it like potato petties or even Better baking in oven?? Has anyone tried it.
Person   ()
never tried it...
Person   ()
Use more potato without water, to conceal the sabudana
Person   ()
i made this today. did not add mint leaves and curry leaves. but it started popping up like in the sweet appam we make. shall send you the image. i pricked it in the middle with fork still it was popping up.

nice it was. my children enjoy the same with sauce, sweet dahi.
Person   ()
I'm sorry to hear that it was popping. Try frying on medium flame.
Person   ()
ok thanks for the tips.

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