Healthy Sabudana Vada

There is more to it than cooking in paniyaram pan 😉

Sabudana also known as sago or tapioca/cassava pearls, these are translucent pearls made from tapioca root. These pearls are common across Indian regional cuisines. It is popularly cooked in India during festivals like Navratri as fasting food. You will see range of dishes made from sabudana as khichadi (stir fried with potato and nuts), vada (deep-fried) and kheer (porridge made with milk).

Sabudana is a starchy non-cereal option for Hindus during fasting season. It is not a child’s play to cook sabudana. It requires attention otherwise it becomes chewy.

Nowadays it is a trend to cook everything in Paniyaram Pan and label it healthy. I have read so many blogs that make sabudana vada in paniyaram pan but fail to see how starchy it is. I am pretty sure that it has high glycemic index and load.

When you are not fasting and can have other grains try this recipe of sabudana vada which really has healthy ingredients. I have added “emeralds” to this recipe. Yes you read it write. I call moong bean sprouts “emeralds”. Check out this worthy recipe.

Ingredients- Makes 30 vada

  • 2 cups sabudana (soak overnight in 4 cups water)
  • 1 cup moong beans (sprouted and steamed)
  • 1 cup coriander/cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 cup crushed roasted peanuts
  • 1 medium boiled potato (cubed/roughly mashed)
  • 1 green chili chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

Step by step video- Healthy Sabudana Vada

Other Paniyaram Pan recipes- Healthy Vada


  1. In a big bowl, take all the above ingredients and mix well.
  2. Form a golf ball size balls that will fit in paniyaram pan’s pits.
  3. Heat pan on medium flame, once heated reduce to low flame.
  4. Depending on the number of pits in your pan increase or reduce flame so that all the pits are getting heat.
  5. Place the rolled vadas in pits and cook uncovered. Roll them with help of wooden stick or silicone spatula.
  6. Cook them until outside layer is crispy and inside is translucent.
  7. Serve hot with Cilantro Mint Chutney or plain whipped yogurt.

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