Sunday, October 07, 2007

Marathi Series: Sabudana Wada

Marathi series: Sabudana Wada or Sago Fritters

Sabudana/Sago being Soaked

Sabudana/Sago Wada Land Slide

I think most of you know by now that I grew up in Pune in Maharashtra. Pune is a beautiful city which seemingly has it all: an abundance of hills, rivers, greenery and moderate climate for most part of the year. While most will point out that all that is rapidly changing with dried up river beds, construction on the hillsides, I have faith in the people of Pune who are trying to reclaim Pune's beauty. There are several initiatives in Pune to curb hillside construction, create a waterfront area that people can enjoy among other community projects around organic farming and vermi-composting!

I will be posting easy to make dishes from my hometown and state off and on this month. Why you ask...may be its the nostalgia of missing home during the soon to arrive festive season of Dassera / Diwali, lots of family birthdays and just an ode to the city I love!!

The 1st in the series is the ever popular Sabudana Wada or Pearl Sago fritters which are usually eaten when one is fasting! I know, with a meal like this one, I can fast all year round ;). More fasting recipes and details can be found in an earlier post here.

Several fellow bloggers have done an amazing job with the same dish. Check out 2 of my favorite versions at Tee's and Manasi's blog.

Sabudana Wada/Sago Fritters
1. 2 cups sago/sabudana
2. 2 medium sized boiled potatoes,
3. 2-3 green chilies finely grated
4. 1/2 cup coriander leaves
5. 1/2 cup peanut powder
6. 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
7. 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
8. 1-2 pinch sugar (optional)
9. Salt to taste,
10. 3-4 cups oil for frying
1. Soak sabudana in water. Drain off all the water and keep overnight
2. Mash the boiled potatoes.
3.Combine sabudana, chili paste, mashed potatoes, coriander leaves, peanut powder, cumin seeds, sugar, lemon juice. Mix well
4. Make small balls of the mixture and flatten them slightly.
6. Heat the oil in a pan.
7. Deep fry these vadas till golden brown and crispy.
Serve with Peanut Chutney

Peanut Chutney
1. 2 tsp red chili powder (add more if you like more spice)
2. 2 cups plain yogurt
3. 1/2 cup coarsely ground peanut (make sure the peanuts are roasted prior to grinding them)
4. Salt to taste
1. Mix together red chili powder with ground roasted peanuts and salt.
2. Add plain yogurt and mix well
Enjoy :)


Sharmi said...

bookmarking this! looks yum and I have a lot of sabudana in my pantry:)

Siri said...

yummy recipe.. will look forward for more recipes in this series...:D

Redchillies said...

Sabudana vada is my favorite! Beautiful pictures Dhana especially the landslide one! I agree with you too, if these are fasting dishes then I could fast all year around too :-)

KayKat said...

Mmm ... that's an eternal favorite snack. And it looks delicious. Wonder if this can be reworked for baking?

sra said...

Dhana, I've had this just twice in my life - I visited Pune last year and that was the second time I ate this. It was tasty!

easycrafts said...

I have tasted this in a very famous shop in Mumbai...its tastes too good...thanks for the recipe

Nupur said...

I'm very very excited about this Marathi series, Dhana! Looking forward to your delicious recipes.
The sabudana vada are so tempting! Thanks to my laziness about deep-frying, I have not eaten these in ages.

Asha said...

My favorite to, love dishes!:)

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Cute pics Dhana......The vadas look crisp and yumm :-)
I loved the landslide pic :-)

bee said...

so are you going to post some pics of the dishes in jeans and motorcycles that hang out near symbiosis and deccan college? :evil:

Manasi said...

Love Sabudana wadas!! ur sabudana wada slide is so cute!!!

Dhana said...

Thanks Sharmi! Sabudana wadas are soo perfect for this weather too!

Siri, hope to do that soon. Am soo missing Pune ☹

Redchillies, thanks! Isn’t it amazing how some of the best dishes are made during the fasting period ;)

KayKat, you spoke my mind. I have been thinking of trying to bake this as am pretty averse to frying most times…Let me know if you bake it!

Sra, did you like Pune ?

Easycrafts, yah its super popular in Mumbai! However most restaurants make it either too oily or soggy…you were lucky to have found a tasty version in a resto !!

Aww Nupur, coming from u, it means a LOT! I have enjoyed your series immensely!! I agree on the deep frying bit…almost never eat fried foods…but with this lazy, cold weather, just could not resist :D

Thanks Asha!!

Shirisha, yah, that one came out quite funny!

Bee, tch tch the cool hangout place is Fergusson College and Vaishali! But I totally luv the idea of posting pics of all the million 2 wheelers zipping past and my sweet lil KiHo aka the Kinetic Honda ;)

Thanks Manasi!

Richa said...

vade pahun tondala pani sutlay :)

Latha Narasimhan said...

Lovely vadas dhana! Just came to know about your blog!:))

Sia said...

i am excited abt ur new marathi series dhana and looking forward to learn new recipes from u:)

Cynthia said...

I love your food styling :)

sunita said...

The sabudana wada looks sooo tempting.

Dhana said...

Thanks Sia! Will post a few more in the coming weeks!

Thanks Cynthia. Again, this coming from u makes it really special!

Sunita, thanks :)

bindiya said...

vadas look delicious Dhana, hope to get more stuff out of you ,liked the cookies too.

Rasa Malaysia said...

I love that sago on land slide creative! Where did you find that land slide thingy? ;)

Sago is great...Malaysians used them for a lot of dessert recipes.

Dhana said...

Thanks Bindiya! Will be posting some more Marathi recipes soon!

Rasa Malaysia, I love ur blog! I didn't know Malaysians use a lot of sago as well! Will look some on ur site!

Kalyn said...

Hi Dhana,

You won the two cookbooks in the WHB contest to predict favorite herb and favorite vegetable, congratulations! Send me your mailing address and I will order them for you and have them shipped from You can write to me at kalynskitchen (at) comcast (dot) net.

You will love these books!

Nupur said...

Congratulations on winning Kaly's favorite herb-and-veggie contest!! :)

TBC said...

I love sabudana wadas. It's been years since I've eaten these.
The wada slide is really nice:-)

Dhana said...

Rasa, forgot to reply to the slide question. I got it from a local Japanese store in San Mateo.

Kalyn, NO WAY!! Am soo excited! I can't believe I won :). Thanks again for hosting such a fun event!

Thanks Nupur..I am totally looking fwd to the books!!

TBC, thanks! Surprisingly recently had the wadas as part of a Navratri celebration at a local Indian resto here..w00t!

Laavanya said...

I made some Sabudana Khichdi over the weekend and the consistency was a bit gummy than the perfect version so I was wondering if i should just add some mashed potatoes and make them into wadas. After seeing yours I wish i had done that. Looks lovely.

Dhivya Karthik said...

i make saboodhana wadas this way 2!i luv them.

Dhana said...

Aww Lavanya, I hate it too when the khichadi gets all gummy!

Dhivya, would love to check ur version out soon :)

Helene said...

Congrats to your winning the cookbooks. Will look forward to see you cooking with them!!

Deepti said...

yummy vadas :-) I had the good fortune of being able to taste the vadas too when Dhana made them
:-))) so it` an extra yum-o moment for me ;-D

TheCooker said...

the vadas look great. Haven't had them in a long time.
And yes, FC & Vaish is the place to be.

Anna Haight said...

Congrats on winning the WHB contest -- also I'm wondering if these are made with what is called tapioca in other cultures? These look great!

Dhana said...

Thanks Helene. I can't wait to start cooking with them !

Deepti, come over for more anytime!

TheCooker, I so totally agree ;)> Are you from Pune?

Thanks Anna! Tapioca and sago are different, though they do look the same. I have never tried these with tapioca, but sounds like it could work. Do let me know if you try them!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the nice receipe with tempting pictures.

Can u also post the videos of this on youtube?

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Rajeev Kumar said...

Madam, I am from hyderabad and love sabudana wada. Thanks for recipe added along with the tempting pictures. I am sure to try it once. So far, I was preferring to prepare these wada's at home using Actchawa Ready-to-cook sabudana wada, which is available from Spencer hyper store. There product also gives perfect taste like original sabudana wada's. You can visit to check their availability in pune too.

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