Tapioca Pearls Fritters (Sabudana Vada)

Tapioca pearls also known as sabudhana in India is very popular especially during fasting times when people are on a no onion, no rice diet. My mom would make sabudhana kichdi and sabhudhana kheer during the fasting days when we were kids. 

In an attempt to try recreating the kichdi recipe that my mom would make, I ended up making a more sticky mixture with all the tapioca pearls binding into one large lump. So, we got thinking about how to make it into something more appealing and hence was born this recipe of tapioca pearls fritters.

We just divided that large mass into small balls, flattened it out and cooked it over a pan. These also taste fantastic when shallow fried. Comes to prove, sometimes messing up a recipe and lead to yummier things! 

3 tablespoon of dill leaves, chopped
3 tablespoons of peanut chutney powder
2 cups of tapioca pearls
2 potatoes, chopped
5 tablespoons, oil
water as required

  1. Prep Work: Soak the tapioca pearls for a couple of hours. Chop the potatoes and dill leaves finely.
  2. Cook the Tapioca: Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan, add potatoes and saute them. Add an additional 1 tbsp of oil as you continue to saute the potatoes. Using a non-stick pan is best so you can use less oil for this recipe. Once the potatoes cook, add the tapioca pearls and the peanut chutney powder. Cook till the tapioca pearls turn translucent and they bind with the potatoes to form a sticky mass. Make sure you cook in medium flame and stir the mixture occasionally. Switch off the flame and mix the dill leaves. 
  3. Shape the fritters: Make balls with the tapioca pearls mixture and flatten it into a 1 cm thick fritter. 
  4. Cook the fritters: Heat a flat pan and brush it with oil. Place the shaped fritter on the pan and cook till it brown's on both sides. The fritters are ready to serve.

  1. Tapioca pearls come in different sizes. Fine tapioca pearls were used for this recipe. Using the fine ones means you can cook almost instantly with less soaking time. If you plan to  use larger tapioca pearls, then soak them overnight.
  2. While shaping the fritters, rub oil in your hands so the mixture doesn't stick to your hands.
  3. This is a healthy version of the fritters as they are cooked on a pan with very little oil. You can also deep fry the fritters and enjoy them.
  4. Peanut Chutney powder referred in this recipe is powder made of blending roasted peanuts, tamarind, curry leaves, salt and desiccated coconut. Detailed recipe to be posted soon.


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