Sago Fritters (Traditional Indian name: Sabudana Vada)

Sago Fritters (Traditional Indian name: Sabudana Vada)
Prep Time : 10 minutes plus 4-6 hours of soak time  |  Cook Time : 20 minutes  |  Servings : 12 pieces

As a child, my family would travel to India annually to maintain our bonds with extended family and of course keep my brother and I closely tied to our country and culture. Many of the most memorable aspects of my experiences there included enjoying the culinary delights of India, with family, around the dinner table. So many states, so many sub cultures, and such a rich palette of tastes. In other words, I was always hungry for more! This dish is a special favorite because it hails from our region of the country – Maharashtra. It is enjoyed best with sweet chilli sauce (I speak for myself on this one but am confident you will agree). 

Note: recipe may be doubled or tripled. 


1 Cup of Sago/Tapioca pearls (soaked for 4-6 hours prior)
2 Medium potatoes, boiled and mashed
cup finely chopped onion
1 cup peanuts
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 Tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
1-2 teaspoons Salt (to taste)
teaspoon Paprika
A touch of finely chopped ginger


1. Soak sago pearls in a bowl – use enough water to ensure that sago is fully submerged. While 6 hours is ideal, a little over 4 hours of soak time is sufficient. Drain and set aside in colander. While you are preparing the rest of the ingredients, preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly grease a baking sheet with vegetable oil. 

2. Blend peanuts in food processor until coarsely ground. In a large bowl combine all ingredients including sago, mashed potatoes, onion, peanuts, lemon juice, coriander leaves, salt, paprika and ginger to form a dough-like mixture. Stir until well mixed. 

3. Take a small portion of the mixture and make small balls or dumplings in the palm on your hand. Place the balls of dough on the baking sheet, lightly flattening down to form patties. Brush or spray the top of the patties with oil. 

4. Bake at 400 deg for 10 minutes and then turn patties over with a spatula. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until golden brown. 

Enjoy while hot :)

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