Sabudana Vada || Tapioca Pearl Fritter

Love thy neighbor, especially if their cooking is amazing.

One of my former neighbors used to have quite a different eating schedule. Some of the family members, especially the stay-at-home ones used to have a good meal at noon, a little snack in the late afternoon and then dinner in the night. It was almost like the current trend of intermittent fasting. It was a little different from the usual eating timing but you don’t bother much about that when the snacks are amazing. I used to get a plate of food every now and them.¬† Sabudana Vada was one on the their list of delicious snacks.

Deep fried and delicious, these fritters are quite easy to make. The only thing that needs to be done before hand is to soak the tapioca pearls in water for about six hours. The rest of the recipe is simple. Add a mashed potato some spices and seasoning. Shape the vadas and deep fry. That is it. Ten min prep & then fry.


All the ingredients together

Add some chopped curry leaves and mix thoroughly

Shape the vada for deep frying

Sabudana Vada Recipe

Prep time: 10 mins (when the pearls have been soaked & ready )



  • Sabudana / Tapioca pearls: 1 cup
  • Potato: 1
  • Roasted Peanut powder: 2 tbsp (optional)
  • Cumin Seeds: 1 tsp
  • Curry Leaves: 8 – 10
  • Turmeric Powder: 1/4 tsp
  • Red chili Powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Salt
  • Oil for deep frying


  • Soak the tapioca pearls in water for about 6 hrs
  • Boil/pressure cook, peel and mash the potato


  • Take a large bowl add all the ingredients and mix well to form a mash
  • Shape the vadas / tikkis
  • Heat oil in a wok / kadai. Once the oil is hot reduce the flame to medium
  • Dunk the vadas in the hot oil and cook until it turns brown. Flip the vadas so that they are cooked evenly on both sides
  • Once done, place them on absorbent paper to remove the excess oil


  • Crushed roasted peanuts can also be incorporated to give a little crunch
  • Shallow frying or flat-pan frying are also good option

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