sabudana vada recipe for Navratri fast, gluten free tapioca pearl fritters
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Sabudana Vada

Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, these sabudana vadas are a delicious snack. These vadas are popular street snacks enjoyed during the rainy season and also during Navratri fasting as they are gluten-free.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Soaking Time5 hrs
Total Time30 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Gluten-free, Indian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: tapioca recipes, tea-time snacks
Servings: 16 vadas
Calories: 83kcal


  • ½ cup Sabudana (Small Tapioca pearls)
  • 2 potatoes , boiled and mashed to give ~1 cup
  • ¼ cup peanuts , without skin
  • 1 green chili , finely chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh coriander leaves , finely chopped
  • 1 inch ginger , peeled and grated
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • Rock Salt , to taste
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Vegetable Oil for frying


  • Soak the sabudana or tapioca pearls in water (enough to cover the sabudana) for 5-6 hours, preferably overnight.
  • Drain the soaked sabudana in a colander and squeeze out all the water.
  • Dry roast the peanuts and grind coarsely in a mortar-pestle. It’s nice to have a few small pieces of peanuts in the mix. It adds to the taste and texture that is why I didn’t grind them in a mixer.
  • In a big mixing bowl, combine the soft sabudana, mashed potato*, roasted peanut powder, chili, grated ginger, coriander, cumin powder, rock salt, and lemon juice. Mix everything well with your hands or use a potato masher.
  • Divide the vada mix into 16 small portions and shape each into a flat round disc.
  • Heat oil in a flat pan. Shallow fry the vadas till they are golden crispy from below. Turn and cook the other side. **
  • Remove on an absorbent kitchen paper.
  • Serve hot with green chutney or ketchup.


*For potatoes, I prefer to grate them as it ensures there are no pieces.

**When frying try with one vada first. If it breaks, add more potato and/or flour.


Calories: 83kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4.7g | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 0.3g