sabudana pakoda | sabudana pakora

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Sabudana pakoda recipe with step-by-step photos – sabudana pakora is yet another snack that can be made during fasting or Vrat days. These sabudana pakoda can be made for Ekadashi fast or Navratri fast or even for Janmashtami fast or on any other religious fasting day.

sabudana pakora served with tomato sauce on a white round plate

These pakoras are simple and easy to make and they also make for a nice breakfast or evening snack. I make these sometimes for an evening snack and we enjoy them with tomato sauce or coriander chutney. Few more fasting snacks recipes on the blog are:

These sabudana pakoras are slightly different from the Maharashtrian Sabudana vada. Here I add some kuttu ka atta (buckwheat flour) to the pakora mixture and excluded some ingredients like lemon juice and coriander leaves. So the taste and flavor is different.

Apart from buckwheat flour, the other main ingredients in this recipe are sabudana or tapioca pearls, roasted peanuts, and potatoes. The peanuts give crunchy taste and add flavor. Mashed potatoes and buckwheat flour help in binding the pakora. Apart from that buckwheat flour also absorbs extra moisture, if any.

Since I get pretty hard sabudana pearls here, I always soak them overnight. By morning they soften really well. So depending on the quality of the pearls, you can soak them overnight or for a few hours.

How to make Sabudana Pakoda for fasting

1. Soak the sabudana or tapioca pearls in enough water overnight or for 4 to 5 hours. Later drain all of the water very well using a strainer and keep aside the sabudana in a mixing bowl.

Depending upon the quality of sabudana you can choose to soak for 2 hours or more as needed. I always soak sabudana overnight.

soaked sabudana in water

2. Boil the potatoes in a pan or pressure cooker. When they cool, peel and chop roughly.

Roast the peanuts in a pan till browned and crisp. In a mortar-pestle, coarsely crush the roasted peanuts.

Add the following ingredients to the soaked sabudana

  • chopped boiled potatoes
  • crushed roasted peanuts
  • cumin seeds
  • chopped green chilies
  • sugar
  • buckwheat flour
  • edible rock salt as required
add potatoes and crushed peanuts

3. Mix the ingredients really well using a spoon or with clean hands. Check the taste and add more salt or sugar if required.

mix ingredients

4. Heat oil for frying in a kadai or pan. Make small balls of the mixture with your hands or using a spoon drop the mixture in medium hot oil carefully. Keep the heat to medium to medium-high.

heat oil in kadai and add sabudana pakora

5. First let the sabudana pakoda become opaque and lightly golden while frying and then turn them with a slotted spoon. Don’t be in a hurry to turn them as this will break them in the oil. So first let the pakoda firm up and become light golden before turning over.

Deep fry the second side till they are golden and crisp. You can turn them a few times with a slotted spoon as needed to get an even golden color.

Once perfectly fried, then remove them on paper napkins to remove excess oil.

fried sabudana pakora on kitchen paper towels

If you are making these Sabudana pakodas for fasting/vrat then serve them with Phalahari chutney or saunth chutney or homemade tomato sauce. Otherwise you can serve sabudana pakoras with any green chutney or mint chutney.

sabudana pakora served with tomato sauce on a white round plate

Tips for Sabudana Pakora

  • If making these as an evening snack, use regular salt. When making for any Hindu fasting days, add edible rock salt.
  • Make sure the oil is medium-hot while frying. A lesser hot oil will make these pakoda absorb too much of oil and a very hot oil will brown them quickly or burn them.
  • Instead of buckwheat flour, you can use amaranth flour, water chestnut flour. If making for non-fasting days, use rice flour, gram flour (besan) or cornstarch.

I have few more Sabudana recipes on my blog that you might like to check like:

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Sabudana Pakoda

These Sabudana pakora made for fasting or vrat are crisp, golden fritters made from tapioca pearls, mashed potatoes and roasted crushed peanuts.

4.8 from 5 votes

Prep Time 8 hrs

Cook Time 20 mins

Total Time 8 hrs 20 mins

making sabudana pakoda mixture

  • Soak the sabudana or tapioca pearls in enough water overnight or for 4-5 hours.

  • Drain and keep aside in a mixing bowl.

  • Boil the potatoes, peel and chop roughly.

  • Roast the peanuts in a pan till browned and crisp.

  • In a mortar-pestle, coarsely crush the roasted peanuts.

  • Add all ingredients to the drained sabudana, including the chopped potatoes and peanuts.

  • Mix well. check the taste and add more salt or sugar if required.

frying sabudana pakoda

  • Heat oil in a kadai or pan.

  • Make small balls with your hands or using a spoon drop the mixture in to medium hot oil.

  • Let the pakoras become opaque and then turn them with a slotted spoon.

  • Deep fry till the pakodas become light golden and crisp. Then remove them with a slotted spoon draining as much oil as possible.

  • Place them on paper napkins to remove excess oil.

  • Serve sabudana pakodas hot with tomato sauce or green chutney or coconut chutney. If you are making them for fasting then serve them with phalahari chutney.

  • Best to have them hot for best taste.

If making for kids or folks who cannot tolerate chilies, then skip the green chili completely.

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This Sabudana Pakora post from the archives first published in August 2013 has been republished and updated on 24 June 2022. 


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