Sabudana Vada / साबुदाना वडा: Vrat Recipes

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Hello Everyone,
Happy Angaraki Chaturthi To Everyone.

So on the occasion of Angaraki Chaturthi, i have prepared this non-fried, low calorie, gluten-free and vegan sabudana vadas / cutlets / appe / tikkis in the appe pan. It is also no onion, no garlic recipe, as it is a traditional snack enjoyed all around the Indians during fasting days / vrat / upvas.
            Sabudana vada Recipe is extremely simple, and it makes a good after school snack or as a fritter to enjoy during Fasting days. In the Indian tradition, there are times when many devout Hindus fast. The food that is taken during fasting day does not contain onions, garlic, wheat products, lentils or pulses. So this sabudana Vada is a very popular and very good fasting recipe. They are crunchy on the outside and a soft and tasty on the inside. So here, is the recipe to make this fasting snack healthier by avoiding frying.

Preparation Time : 10 Minutes ; Cooking Time :15 Minutes.
Each Sabudana Vada / Appe  Contains 63 Cal.

Ingredients :

  1. Sabudana 1 cup
  2. Potato 1, boiled
  3. Peanuts Powder 3 tbsp
  4. Salt 1 tsp
  5. Green chillies 5 strips, minced
  6. Coriander leaves ¼ cup
  7. Cumin seeds 1 tsp
  8. Arrowroot Powder 2 tbsp
  9. Veg.oil 1 tbsp

Recipe :
  1. Rinse the sabudana and place it in a bowl with enough water, cover and keep aside for at least 2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile boil the potatoes, peel and mash them.
  3. Roast the peanuts and grind to make powder, mince the green chillies.
  4. Now, in a bowl add all the ingredients
    (sabudana, peanuts powder, potato, green chillies, chopped coriander leaves, salt, arrowroot powder and cumin seeds) together except the oil. Mix well together to make dough.
  5. Divide dough into equal portions and make lime sized balls.
  6. Now, turn on flame and heat
    the Appe pan over medium flame and add a few drops of oil in each of the mould.
  7. Place the small balls of the sabudana mixture in each of the mould.
  8. Cover it and cook for 2 to 3 minutes and when the underside begins to brown turn the vada to the other side.
  9. Flip the vadas over and allow it to cook on all sides evenly
  10. Drizzle some more oil at intervals, only if needed or if the sago balls are sticking to
    the sides of the pan.
  11. As it cooks, continue to turn it until all sides are completely brown.
  12. Tada, here low calorie, non fried sabudana vadas are ready to serve. Serve hot with groundnut chutney, curd. Enjoy!!!

My Take:
  • The soaked should be soaked well and should be very soft.
  • If you do not have an appe pan, you can shallow fry the vadas in a pan with little oil.
  • You can use Rajgira Flour / Paneer / tapioca flour instead of arrowroot powder.

Dietary Comment :
  • Based on a 2000 calorie diet.
  • It makes 8 servings.
  • Per serving contains 63.26 calories, along with carbohydrates - 10.41 g, dietary fibers - 1 g, fats - 1.79 g, proteins - 1.67 g.

Health Benefits of  Sabudana Vada / Appe :
  • Sago or sabudana is a food which is full of energy and carbohydrates.
  • Minerals like calcium, iron and some others are contained by sago which helps in the improvement of joints and bones.
  • Potatoes like sabudana are also rich in carbohydrates which makes them an excellent source of energy which comes handy when you are fasting.
  • Potatoes have many health benefits and along with being rich in micronutrients.
  • Peanuts, apart from being rich in carbohydrates peanuts also contain proteins which your body needs during fasting.
  • Peanuts contain B complex, vitamins like niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin B6, vitamin B9, pantothenic acid etc. Also contains Vit.E which is good to keep skin healthy.
  • Arrowroot helps to digestion and regulates the bowel movement. Its high starch content acts as a mild laxative for those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Cumin seeds helps in digestion and also prevents constipation. Many times, fasting  causes bloating and cumin can prevent that too.
  • Chillies helps in digestion and also contain small amounts of vitamin C.

Good Time To Eat :
            It is good to eat Sabudana Vada for breakfast as well as evening snack.

Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy!!!


  1. Hari OM
    Oh yum, this is a variation I have not tried before ... will now! YAM xx

    1. Hari Om.
      Yep, it is kinda Healthy version of sabudana vadas. Give it try, I am sure you will like it.

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