Sabudana Vada (Tapioca Pearl – Sago fritters)

Tapioca Pearl – Sago fritters more commonly called ‘Sabudana Vada ‘ is a delicious deep fried snack which I got introduced to couple of years back .I was intrigued by some of the awesome pictures online during the festive season recently  and had the urge to try making it at home . I usually use sago to make ‘sago khichadi ‘ (pilaf) and always have stock of it at home . I was a bit hesitant to try making the fritters at first, as I was not sure how it would turn out , whether it would hold up well or crumble while frying . After watching couple of recipes and  instructions online , I got to making it .I was surprised that it was quite easy to make and tasted awesome as well! Tapioca is a rich source of dietary fiber, “good cholesterol”  and protein and has many more vitamins and minerals. It is considered a favorite of many vegetarians as it is a pure starch food that is high in protein in spite of being a vegetable.Hope you are inspired to attempt making  this dish if you have not already tried it! Enjoy 🙂


Sabudana Vada(Pearl Sago Fritters)

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: medium
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A spicy and delicious appetizer based on Indian cuisine made with tapioca or sago pearls , potato , spices and perfect for parties and potlucks.


  • 3 cups sago washed and soaked for 3 – 4 hrs
  •  1 big potato boiled and mashed
  •  1 cup roasted and powdered peanuts
  •  1 tsp cumin seeds
  •  3-4 green chilies finely cut
  •  1 inch ginger finely cut
  •  Juice of 1 lemon squeezed
  •  Salt to taste
  •  1 cup chopped coriander leaves
  •  1/4 tsp garam masala (optional)


  1.  Wash sago thoroughly with cold water to remove all the starch .
  2. Soak it with just enough water  (1/4 inch above sago ) for 3 to 4 hours.
  3.  Drain the soaked sago into a colander and squeeze out all the water.
  4.  Add cumin , chopped green chilies, ginger, mashed potatoes, roasted and powdered groundnuts, salt , garam masala and combine it together.
  5. Add chopped coriander leaves.
  6.  Mash well ,it is okay to have some sago which is not mashed.
  7.  Squeeze lemon juice into this mixture.
  8.  Make small round  patties and flatten them.
  9.  Heat up oil in a pan.
  10.  Deep fry the patties until it gets a nice golden brown color.
  11.  Serve with chutney or ketchup.
  12.  Enjoy the delicious sago fritters with your evening tea!

sago vada with coriander mint chutney

sabudanavada closeup


happiness in a bowl 🙂


sago fritters with chutney!

More pics! enough said

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  • Tasty Eats Ronit Penso
    October 5, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Interesting way of preparing tapioca. Love the addition of peanuts!

    • InspiresN
      October 5, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      Thank you Ronit,it is interesting indeed, the combination of peanuts, potatoes and sago gives these fritters a wonderful flavor !

  • jyo
    October 6, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Watte coincidence…I just shared sabudana akki rotti 😊

    • InspiresN
      October 6, 2017 at 10:32 am

      wow cool, Sabudana is trending these days !! I just saw your latest post – it’s awesome never knew we can make rotti out of it !

  • jyo
    October 6, 2017 at 7:18 am

    A great crunchyyyy delight… awesome recipe ✌✌

    • InspiresN
      October 6, 2017 at 10:33 am

      Thank you dear!

  • ramyarecepies
    October 6, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Yummy 😋 my favorite

    • InspiresN
      October 6, 2017 at 10:33 am

      Thank you so much Ramya!

  • Megala
    October 6, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Love these crunchy delicious vada !

    • InspiresN
      October 6, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      Thank you so much my friend!

  • indianeskitchen
    April 29, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    They look SO GOOD!

    • InspiresNish
      May 24, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      Thank you Diane they are very delicious fritters!

  • PlantsandBeyond
    May 16, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Phenominal! Your dishes look amaizing.

    • InspiresNish
      May 24, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      Thank you so much!

  • raynotbradbury
    May 23, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    I love sago (eaten a lot when was a child), but very difficult to find in Sweden hm…
    Thx for sharing 💕💕 if I’ll find sago maybe I’ll cook it 😀

    • InspiresNish
      May 24, 2018 at 1:49 pm

      That’s nice to know that you have had it .I can imagine it must be hard to find. Here we get it in the Asian groceries.Hope you can get it some time and try it out!

      • raynotbradbury
        May 24, 2018 at 2:38 pm

        maybe I can order from Denmark…sigh

  • Mallika
    June 25, 2018 at 4:22 am

    ultimate comfort food! <3

  • Tashneevmavee
    November 1, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Hi dear I have nominated you for the awesome impact Blogger award

  • Deeksha
    January 13, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Vadas look so good!!! I remember my mother used to prepare them during fasting .

    • InspiresNish
      January 14, 2019 at 1:04 am

      Thank you so much for stopping by and he lovely comment!

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