Sabudana Vada (Air Fryer Recipe)

Deliciously Crunchy and Addictive Sabudana Vada or Sago Fritters is a popular snack recipe for fasting days. Enjoy the low oil, Air Fryer Version, this fasting season.

Sabudana Vada (Air Fryer Recipe)

Today marks the beginning of Shravan month in Maharashtra and with that, begins the fasting and festival season too. When it comes to fasting recipes, Sabudana or Sago / Tapioca Pearls are most popular. So, here’s presenting Sabudana Vada made in an Air Fryer.

Sabudana Vada are deep fried Sago Fritters made with soaked and fluffed sago pearls or tapioca pearls (gluten free ingredient), mixed with soft boiled potatoes, spicy green chillies, aromatic cilantro or coriander leaves and crunchy groundnuts.

During Shravan, most people fast on Mondays and Saturdays and consume Faraal or Fasting Foods. These Vadas not only make a great fasting snack but also an equally delicious tea time snack option. You can serve it with some ketchup and Coriander Chutney.

Crunchy Sabudana Vada
Sabudana Vada made with ridiculously less oil in an Air Fryer

By the way, these Sabudana Vadas are not only consumed for Shravan but during other festive occasions like Mahashivratri, Ekadashi, Navratri too.

Sabudana Vada is generally served with a side of sweet curd and / or Coconut Chutney or even Green Coriander chutney (made especially for fasting without any garlic or onions).

You may like to see some popular Maharashtrian Fasting Recipes below

Most restaurants in Mumbai add a bit of sugar to the Sabudana Vada Mixture but I tend to avoid the same as we prefer it spicy with loads of ground nuts. The sweet curd on the side compliments the spicy vadas.

Sabudana Vada is traditionally deep fried Fritters but these days my motto is – Why Deep Fry? – When You can Air Fry? The test batch came out with flying colors with the husband (who is not a sabudana fan, by the way) making his rounds to the kitchen.

Air Fried Sabudana Vada are crispy on the outside and soft inside
Sabudana Vada is crunchy on the outside and soft inside

Of course, all good things (read guilt free, low oil snacks) come with a little patience. About 40 odd minutes later, we had a plate full of Sabudana Vada that did not require any deep frying, were crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside and tasted super delicious!

A Mug of Lemon Grass Tea, plate full of Sabudana Vada, chutney on the side and Netflix summed up our weekend!

Tips to Air Fry Crunchy Sabudana Vada at home

  • Preheat your Air Fryer for 10 minutes at 200 Degrees C.
  • Brush the mesh with some oil before placing the vadas (to avoid sticking). No need to place any aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  • Refrigerate the patties for 15 to 20 minutes before Air Frying for best results.
  • Brush the patties lightly with oil after you flip / turn them and Air Fry again for crunchy texture on the outside.
Ridiculously addictive Sabudana Vada made in Air Fryer
Addictive and Guilt Free Tea Time Snack or Fasting Snack Recipe

Step by Step Recipe to Make Delicious Air Fryer Sabudana Vada

  • Wash and Soak the Sabudana (up to 1/2 inch water) overnight. In the morning, the sago pearls would fluff up and turn soft. Do check out the Sabudana Khichdi Post for detailed tips on how to soak sabudana for perfect fluffiness.
  • Pressure cook potatoes, peel the skin and mash them well.
  • Coarsely grind the groundnuts and keep aside.
  • In a bowl, add the sabudana, mashed potatoes, finely chopped green chillies, cumin seeds, groundnuts and coriander leaves along with salt to taste (I have used sendha namak or rock salt since it is a fasting recipe)
  • Mix and mash the mixture lightly with hands. Shape them into round discs or Tikkis.
  • Refrigerate for 15 minutes
  • In the meanwhile, Preheat the Air Fryer for 10 minutes at 200 degrees C.
  • Brush the Air Fryer mesh with Oil. Place 9 Vadas (as shown in the picture) and brush some oil over the vadas too.
  • Air Fry the Sabudana Vada for 10 minutes at 200 Degrees C. Remove, flip the vadas, apply some oil and repeat the process for 10 to 15 minutes at 200 Degrees C until crisp.
  • Repeat the process for all the remaining vadas.
  • Serve piping hot with chutney, curd or ketchup.

Even though the step by step pics are helpful, there may be certain doubts or questions regarding the recipe, which I have tried to answer beforehand.

Can I Reheat the Sabudana Vada in Air Fryer?

Yes you can! I always save some and refrigerate. The next day, heat a couple of these for 5 odd minutes at a lower temperature, say 150 degrees C with a light brushing of oil.

How long do the Vadas remain crunchy?

Air Fryer snacks have to be consumed immediately for best results. Having said that, the trick here for the crunchy exterior is not adding too many potatoes.

Can I freeze the patties and Air Fry the next day?

Sure you can! Store it in a glass container with a lid or a zip lock bag – Your choice! Just thaw before you chuck it in the preheated Air Fryer.

What Else Can I add to the Sabudana Vada Mixture?

If you love spicy food and are not fasting, add some red chilli powder and it would taste amazing!

See you with an equally delicious recipe soon. Check out the recipe card with ingredients below.

Sabudana Vada in Air Fryer

Sabudana Vada (Air Fryer Recipe)

Delicious, Addictive and Crunchy Sabudana Vada made with less oil and guilt free in an Air Fryer. Ideal for fasting or as tea time snack.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian, Maharashtrian
Keyword: Air Fryer Indian Snacks Recipes, Air Fryer Recipe, Faraal Recipes, fasting recipes, Maharashtrian Recipes, Sabudana Vada, Tea Time Snack Recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Soaking Time for Sabudana: 8 hours
Total Time: 9 hours
Servings: 4 people
Author: Vidya Narayan

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Sabudana or Sago Pearls 1 cup is 250 ml
  • 1 1/2 cups Boiled and mashed Potatoes
  • 4-5 nos Green Chillies finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Jeera or Cumin Seeds
  • 3 tbsp Groundnuts (coarsely ground)
  • Salt to taste Use Sendha Namak for Fasting {Rock Salt}
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves
  • Oil as required to Air Fry the Vadas See Notes

Instructions

  • Wash and Soak the Sabudana (up to 1/2 inch water) overnight. In the morning, the sago pearls would fluff up and be soft.
  • Pressure cook potatoes, peel the skin and mash them well.
  • Coarsely grind the groundnuts and keep aside.
  • In a bowl, add the sabudana, boiled and mashed potatoes, finely chopped green chillies, cumin seeds, groundnuts and coriander leaves along with salt to taste.
  • Mix everything well, mash slightly with hands. Shape them into round discs or Tikkis.
  • Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  • In the meanwhile, Preheat the Air Fryer for 10 minutes at 200 degrees C
  • Brush the Air Fryer mesh with Oil. Place 9 Vadas and brush some oil over the vadas too.
  • Air Fry the Sabudana Vada for 10 minutes at 200 Degrees C. Remove, flip the vadas, apply some oil and repeat the process for 10 to 15 minutes at 200 Degrees C until crisp.
  • Repeat the process for all the remaining vadas.
  • Serve piping hot with chutney, curd or ketchup.

Notes

  • The Recipe yields 20 small vadas (size as shown in the picture)
  • I have used sendha namak or rock salt as it is a fasting recipe. Else use normal table salt. 
  • I have used groundnut oil for air frying. Gives it an authentic Maharashtrian touch. You may use any oil of your choice. 
  • Soak the sabudana overnight for best results. The vadas turn super soft from inside, once they are cooked. 
 
 

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Vidya Narayan

Hi Everyone, I am Vidya Narayan & Welcome to my blog MasalaChilli. Born in a Traditional Palakkad Iyer (South Indian) Family with strong value systems to an exceptionally strong and independent Single Mom, spent most of my childhood studying well (as most Iyer girls do).

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