Sabudhana Vadas

Photo By: Adam Ahmed


Sabudhana Vadas are an incredible Indian street food snack that hails from Maharastra, it is vegetarian and also gluten free. In North America, tapioca is all the rage from tapioca snacks to bubble tea. In India sabudhana or tapioca pearls have been enjoyed for generations as a snack, breakfast food and even in desserts. This snack is sold by street vendors and stores that sell savoury snacks. It is very popular for its taste and crunch. Although it’s typically enjoyed at a tea time snack, it can also be served at a party and is certainly very impressive looking with its sago pearl studded exterior.

I’m excited to share my recipe for this tasty treat that uses a combination of cooked mashed and raw grated potato to enhance the crispiness and flavour. To prepare to make these pre-soak 1 cup of the sago or tapioca pearls overnight or at least for an hour.



2 potatoes, one grated and the other boiled and mashed

2 tbsps rice flour

1/2 tsp each cumin, chili and turmeric powder

1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

2 green chilies

2 tbsps finely cut curry leaves

1/4 cup chopped coriander

Salt & pepper

1 cup tapioca pearls, soaked and drained



Mix all the ingredients together and form into patties using damp hands

Deep fry for 2-3 minutes on each side to ensure the patty is cooked all the way through


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Photo by: Adam Ahmed