SAGO POTATO BALLS/ SABUDANA VADA

Sabudana Vada is a crispy delicious snack made by deep frying spiced sabudana and potato cutlets.
It is a popular recipe for vrats  /fasts as it contains no onion or garlic. Sabudana (also known as sago or tapioca) is one of the most common ingredients used for making recipes for vrats during festivals like Navratras, Janmashtami, Shivratri etc.
However, the members of my foodie household, love these crunchy Sabudana Vada so much that I like to prepare it for them every once in a while.
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These vadas can be made as a snack or an appetizer. These are also popularly served on Indian Street Food stalls. These are typically served with curd, Tamarind Chutney, Coriander Chutney or even tomato ketchup.
INGREDIENTS :
1 Cup Sabudana (Sago/Tapioca Pearls)
2 Potatoes, boiled and mashed
1-2 Green Chillies, finely chopped
1/2 Cup Peanuts, roasted and coarsely ground
1/2 Teaspoon Jeera/Cumin Seeds
2 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
1/2 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Coriander Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Cumin Powder
1 Teaspoon Salt or Rock Salt
Oil for Frying
INSTRUCTIONS : 
  1. Soak 1 cup of Sabudana (Tapioca) in water overnight for 5-6 hours. When they have become soft, drain all the water using a colander.
  2. Boil, peel and mash 2 potatoes. Add them to a large mixing container along with the sabudana.
  3. Roast and coarsely grind 1/2 cup of peanuts. Add these to the mixture as well.
  4. Add Red Chilli Powder, Cumin Powder, Coriander Powder and Salt.
  5. Also add 1-2 finely chopped green chillies, 1/2 teaspoon Cumin Seeds (Jeera) and 2 teaspoon lemon juice.PicsArt_03-04-12.03.09.jpg
  6. Mix all the ingredients well.
  7. Divide them into small lemon sized portions and shape them into round balls.
  8. Fry the balls in medium hot oil till they turn golden brown. Do not set the heat to a high setting, otherwise, the vadas will not get cooked properly from the inside. Drain the excess oil on an absorbent paper.
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and then
IN the APPE PAN 
  • You can also make these balls in the appe pan using less oil.
  • First  heat the appe pan on low heat, then grease the moulds with little oil and place the balls one by one
  • Roast them by turning them at regular intervals, until becomes brown and crispy from all the sides
  • When done take them out in serving bowls and garnish with green peanut chutney.

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