Sabudana is a delicious deep-fried snack that is popular in Maharashtra, India that is made from soaked sabudana (tapioca pearls), boiled and mashed potatoes, coarsely crushed peanuts, and a few spices. The fritters are a little spicy and somewhat sweet- everything you want in one snack! They are quite filling and will keep your tummy and soul sorted and satisfied until your next meal.

Baked Sabudana Vada: Indian Tapioca Fritters [Vegan, Grain-Free]

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Serves

10-11 fritters

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sabudana (tapioca pearls), after soaking it will be about 1 1/2 cups
  • 2 medium-sized boiled potatoes, about 1 3/4 cups of mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • 2-3 green chilis
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1-inch ginger, grated
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • Oil, as needed
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Preparation

  1. Wash the sabudanas well under running water. Add approximately 1/2 cup of water, just enough to cover them while they soak. Let them soak for 3 hours or until the sabudanas are soft when you try to mash them with your fingers. You can also leave them in the refrigerator to soak overnight. If there is any extra water left, drain it. If the sabudana is still hard, let soak for a few more hours.
  2. Dry roast the peanuts in a skillet. Remove the skin and transfer to the blender to turn the peanuts into a coarse powder.
  3. Transfer the mashed potatoes, soaked sabudanas, peanut powder, and all other ingredients except the oil into a mixing bowl. Mix it well until it forms a dough. Adjust spice levels to your preference.
  4. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Grease your palms and form the patties with your hands.Transfer them to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Brush each fritter with oil.
  5. Flip the fritters gently with a spatula after 30-35 minutes in the oven. When it turns golden brown at the top, brush with more oil and let the other side turn golden brown too. This will take another 20-25 minutes.
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