Saboodana (Tapioca) Vada
When I think of Saboodana Vada, it reminds me of my visits to Pune. Saboodana Vadas are fried dumplings made from Sago/Tapioca and Potato and is very popular snack in the state of Maharashtra. It is a scrumptious snack that pairs up perfectly with afternoon Ginger-Mint Chai… Yummy! It has layers of flavors and textures that work so well together. It is spicy, crispy crust, soft center with a bite on toasty peanuts here and there and a hint of tanginess that wakes your taste buds.
½ Cup Saboodana (Soaked Overnight)
2 Small or one Medium Potatoes
2-3 Green Chilies
1 Inch Piece of Ginger
1 Tbsp Salt (or to taste)
2 Tsp Sugar
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
½ Cup Raw Peanuts
¼ Cup Finely Chopped Coriander Leaves
Oil for Frying
- Take a 1/2 cup of Sago/Tapioca in a container, add some water, lightly run your fingers through it to wash, and drain all the water. Sprinkle some water, cover and let it soak overnight or for at least 5 hours.
- Boil/Cook, peel, and mash Potatoes.
- Crush Ginger and Chilies to paste using very little water.
- Coarse grind Peanut.
- In a mixing bowl, gather all ingredients except oil and mix well.
- Check for seasoning and adjust if necessary mainly salt.
- Take enough dough to make an inch of a ball and press it lightly to make a patty.
- Heat Oil and fry patties on medium high flame until golden brown flipping them occasionally.
- Drain excess oil on a paper towel for a minute or two.
Best served hot with your favorite chutney, yogurt, or ketchup.