Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Sabudhana Vada

My father makes excellent Sabudhana Khichdi and I love it but my husband is not a big fan. I think there are two reasons why : 1) he hasn't tasted my dad's version and 2) almost all my attempts at making this have resulted in a gooey mass. Taking into consideration my husband's love for all things fried, i decided to make these vadas using the same ingredients my dad uses for the khichdi but added a mashed potato and omitted grated coconut - and a good idea that was. I loved how it resulted in a crunchy exterior and the insides satisfied my khichdi cravings... My husband was rather pleased too.


Potato -1, Boiled, peeled and mashed
Sabudhana (Sago/Javarisi) - 2/3 cup, soaked for atleast 5 hours, drained
Peanuts - 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup, powdered coarsely
Onion - half of a medium sized one, chopped
G. Chillies - 4 or 5, chopped
Coriander leaves - 6-7 stalks, chopped
Ginger - 1/2 inch chopped
Salt, to taste
Oil - to deep fry


1) Mix all of the above, except the oil. The potatoes will act as the binding agent.

2) Divide into small portions and shape and flatten each into a small vada.

3) Heat oil and deep fry these till golden on both sides. Serve hot for a crispy, crunchy snack.

Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas.


  1. What a completely drool-worthy post! Happy holidays to you and your family!

  2. mmm....yummy! knowing my love for sabudana..i know i will love this..

  3. Laavanya you are making too many mouth watering dishes, this looks fa-bu-lous!!! :) I've bookmarked to try.

  4. vada looks sooooooooo tempting :)

  5. MY khichdi would also turn out into a gooey mess untill I tried Nupur's microwave method of sabudana khichdi.
    these wadas are an all time favourite though. :D

  6. Lovely!!! I too like Khichidi but and like u said, mine turns out horrible too .. And even I end up making Vada everytime :D your vada looks gr8!!!

  7. Thats delicious....will surely try it!!

    Happy hols!!

  8. My friend has given me a recipe to make this vada!
    very crispy, and good looking vadas. Happy holidays, Laav!

  9. Not a big fan of sabudana's but your vadas really tempt me. They look so absolutely crunchy & munchy!!

  10. now this was one hostel snack i din't mind having :)

  11. I love sabudana vadas. I remember eating them somewhere with some peanut chutney...I wonder if it was during my hostel days. It was oh so good! I have never bought sabudana or made it myself.
    Happy Holidays to you and the family,L. How is A doing? I saw somewhere that you said you had to cancel your plans. Hope she is better now. Take care.

  12. very nice laav. I have had these, but never made it myself...Try adding some crushed peanuts next time, comes out well.

  13. didnt know sago was so versatile!

  14. Love that sabudhana, and this looks delicious. I often throw in some garlic too, like the pungent flavours :)

  15. I have tasted these in hotels in mumbai.but dont find them here. thanks for sharing

  16. Nupur Thank you so much. Wishing you a wonderful 08 too.

    Rajitha, I have no doubt you will. It was great. Hope you get a chance to try it.

    Thank you sagari.

    Namratha, you are sweet. Thanks. Let me know how you like it.

    Richa, thank you! :)

    Coffee, I took your advice and tried out Nupur's khichdi the day before and it was perfect!! Thank you. No more stove-top gooey mess. Good to have you back.

    Ramya, try out Nupur's microwave method. It worked great for me.

    Thank you Sugarcraft. Wishing you a fab New year ahead.

    Raks, Thank you. Wishing you a great new year too.

    Seena, am sure you'll like it. It is very crispy.

    Lakshmi, I wish I had snacks like this in my hostel. Lucky you.

    TBC, these are good.. and very easy to make too. Thanks for your wishes. Wishing you & H a great New Year :) A had ear infection first and since yday has viral fever. It's been non-stop really .. the poor thing. She's a trooper though. Hopefully she'll be fine soon. So, not much done for the holidays.. just at home.

    Seema, I did add peanuts to these as well. Gave it a nice crunch.

    Oh yes it is Nags!

    Kaykat, garlic would be a nice addn. Thanks.

    EC, thank you!


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