Sabudana Vada Recipe | How to Make Sabudana Vada

by Rachna

Read Sabudana vada recipe in Hindi

Sabudana vada is a delicious Indian snack that is made with sago or tapioca pearls. I call it the fried version of sabudana khichdi which is another favourite at home. It has the same ingredients but is deep fried and really tasty. Oh, but not really if you make it in the Air fryer like I do. All the taste without the calories. I have shared both the methods here.

Make it for a filling snack with tea or have it when fasting during Janmashtami or Navratri, it is super delicious.

air fryer sabudana vada

Here is how to make sabudana vada in Air fryer:

air fryer sabudana vada

Sabudana vada Recipe | How to Make Sabudana Vada

Rachna Parmar
This is an easy and tasty recipe of sabudana vada that comes out so good in Air fryer. You can make this as a tasty snack with tea or as a fasting recipe during Janmashtami or Navratri.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 hrs
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 5 hrs 20 mins
Course Breakfast | Snack, Festivals
Cuisine Indian, Maharashtrian
Servings 6 people
Calories 186 kcal


  • 1 cup sabudana or tapioca pearls soaked for 5-6 hours
  • 2 cups potatoes boiled and mashed
  • ½ cup peanuts roasted and coarsely pounded
  • 2 tsp. ginger finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. salt or black salt if fasting
  • 2 tbsp. cilantro leaves chopped
  • 2 green chillies chopped
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp. sugar optional
  • 2 tsp. oil


  • Soak sabudana or tapioca pearls for 5-6 hours or overnight in water just above the surface of sabudana. Now drain the remaining water after soaking. Sabudana would have fluffed up and must be soft when squished. If not, soak it for more time.
  • Mash the boiled potatoes. Roast peanuts and coarsely pound them.
  • Mix together potato mash with sabudana, coarsely pounded peanuts, finely chopped ginger, chillies, cumin seeds, black salt and sugar (if using). Add lemon juice and mix everything together.
  • Now using your hand form flat patties or vadas.

For Air frying

  • Preheat air fryer to 390 F or 180 C. Lightly brush the basket with oil and also brush the prepared sabudana vadas or patties.
  • Fry for about 10 minutes. Flip the patties once in the middle.
  • Once they are golden brown and crunchy on the outside, they are ready to eat. Serve hot with ketchup, mayo, green chutney or any dip of your choice.

For Deep frying

  • Now heat vegetable oil and bring it to medium heat.
  • Now drop vadas one by one so that they become dark golden brown on the outside and cooked inside.
  • It takes about 5-7 minutes for one batch of 5-6 vadas.
  • Now drain them on absorbent paper and serve hot with ketchup or chutney. Your delicious sabudana vada is ready to serve.


  1. Only well soaked and soft sabudana should be used to make vadas.
  2. Don’t overcook potatoes or they will absorb a lot of oil while frying.
  3. Making these in the Air fryer does not impact the taste in any way. They are super crunchy and delicious.
  4. Don’t let the oil be too hot while frying else the vadas will become brown very fast and will be uncooked inside.
  5. You can use normal salt if not making it for fasting. I like the taste of black salt anyway.


Nutrition Facts
Sabudana vada Recipe | How to Make Sabudana Vada
Amount Per Serving
Calories 186 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 375mg16%
Potassium 138mg4%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 343IU7%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Step-by-step Pictures

Sabudana vada recipeMash potatoes. Add coarsely pounded peanuts, chopped ginger, chopped chillies, black salt, sugar, lemon juice and cumin seeds.

साबूदाना वड़ा रेसिपी Add soaked and drained sabudana along with chopped coriander leaves.

साबूदाना वड़ा रेसिपी Mix well.

साबूदाना वड़ा रेसिपी Now form flat patties or vadas with your hands.

For Air frying:

Preheat air fryer to 390 F or 180 C. Lightly brush the basket with oil and also brush the prepared sabudana vadas or patties. Fry for about 10 minutes. Flip the patties once in the middle.

air fryer sabudana vada

Once they are golden brown and crunchy on the outside, they are ready to eat.

air fryer sabudana vada

Serve hot with ketchup, mayo, green chutney or any dip of your choice.

air fryer sabudana vada

For Deep frying:

साबूदाना वड़ा रेसिपी Deep fry them in hot oil.

Hot sabudana vadas are ready to serve.

साबूदाना वड़ा रेसिपी

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Shailaja V -

Sabudana vada is the first thing I order when I go to the vada pav place near my home. ? One indulgence I am unable to get rid of.

I never get the consistency right for khichdi, but I think vada sounds easier, especially since it’s patties, which I love to make.

Also, I am inviting myself home and I have a menu for you to make for me when I am there. ?

Sonia Chatterjee -

Sabudana Vada, Sabudana khichdi are staple items in Bengali household during any festival where one keeps a fast. I love the Vadas and usually gulp down more than I should ideally eat.

Rachna -

Same here. Just can’t have a few. ?

Soumya Prasad -

Oooohhhh peanuts and potatoes and sabudana, what’s not to love!

One thing, Can I bake this or shallow fry maybe?

Rachna -

I wish but no. Not even airfry because the sabudana needs to be cooked well.

Shalzmojo -

I am inviting myself over – damn look at those perfectly golden vadas!!! I have never added sugar to the vada mix; do use it a bit in the Khichdi though! Shall give it a try – my sunday brekkie for tomorrow!!

Rachna -

Sure come over. And sabudana vada for breakfast. Now that is something ?

Mayuri Nidigallu -

My favorite fasting food! Your wadas look inviting and delicious!

Sanch @ Sanch Writes -

Omg…it’s been ages since I’ve had one of these! I don’t even know if I can get sabudana here. Looks delicious!

Shalini R -

Oh, we absolutely love tikkis. But it has been a while since I’ve made Sabudana Vada. The recipe is so simple. I will definitely prepare this vrat season. 🙂

Punam Paul -

Liked your nutritious crispy delight for evening tea.


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