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Indian Sabudana Vada Spicy Tapico Fritters Recipe

Sabudana Vada is acrispy fried Maharashtrian snack that is enjoyed best with Corinader chutney and tea.
Course Snack
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Sabudana Vada, Tapioca Fritters
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Soaking Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 25 minutes
Servings 4 Serves
Calories 224kcal


  • Mixing bowls
  • Colander
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Large skillet


  • ½ cup tapioca pearls
  • 1 large Potato cooked and mashed
  • 1 tsp Green chilies chopped
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • 2 tsp Black salt
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • ¼ cup Peanuts roasted or fried and crushed
  • ¼ cup Coriander leaves chopped
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable oil


  • In a medium bowl, cover tapioca pearls with water and soak for at least 4 hours up to overnight. Before adding to the recipe, drain well until the water runs clear and starch is removed.
  • In a small skillet, heat oil over medium heat and fry the peanuts for 2 minutes until aromatic and toasty. Remove and pat off any excess oil, then crush them into a coarse powder.
  • In a large bowl, add the cooked mashed potatoes, drained tapioca, green chile, cumin, salt, lemon juice, peanuts, and fresh coriander leaves. Mix together until well incorporated.
  • Divide the mixture into 8 portions and form each into a small ball. Flatten these balls into discs and set them aside on a plate.
  • In a large non-stick pan, heat oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the Sabudana vada to the pan in a single layer, being sure to not overcrowd the pan.
  • Fry on each side for 2 to 3 minutes, or until nicely golden and crisp on the outside.
  • Serve hot with your favorite green coriander chutney and plain yogurt.

How to Air Fry Sabudana Vada

  • Follow the first 4 steps above. Once patties are formed, pre-heat the air fryer to 375°F to 380°F.
  • Place the fritters in a single layer in the air fryer basket and spray or brush lightly with oil.
  • Cook for 4 minutes, turn, and cook for an additional 4 minutes or until golden brown on both sides and cooked through.


This recipe has been kept simple without the excessive use of spices. If you are someone who loves to have spicy food, then feel free to add the spices of your choice to this delicious and easy peasy recipe.


Serving: 2fritters | Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 34.9g | Protein: 4.4g | Fat: 8.1g | Saturated Fat: 1.4g | Sodium: 1177mg | Fiber: 3.1g | Sugar: 1.9g | Vitamin A: -1IU