28 Apr Sabudana Vada(Tapioca fritters)
For the love of fasting!!!!! Well, let me explain..
This beautiful tapioca fritters or sabudana vada that they are called as, are gorgeous, crispy light Indian snacks that one loves to relish . Tapioca or sabudana is mostly known as an element used to make recipes during fast.In India. across cultures, there are numerous occasions and rituals that calls for fasting . And sabudana khicdi, sabudana vadas are knows to be food prepared during these fasts. That’s theoretically true , however, these light and easy snacks are made otherwise as well and prevalent in restaurants on regular days as morning snacks.
Prepared and known as a snack made during fast in Maharashtra at least is what I learnt in these years. Know not why,as a child, born into the North Eastern community , tapioca or sabudana although known to make its appearance during occasions of fast, yet it was supposed to be complimented with milk/curd, and sugar to be precise..Nothing else, we were unaware of a snack called sabudana vada, and really the blend of sabudana and milk wasn’t that appealing and i could never warm up to its taste.
However , the vadas here in the belt of Maharashtra as i discovered during my initial days of hostel life in pune were a treat, absolutely delightful, crispy, crunchy ,hot fritters ,served with some sugary sweet curd that would absolutely taste divine as your morning snacks. I recollect those small hangouts serving the most amazing hot fast food snacks, like sabudana vada, dosas, idlies, batata vada etc.
Anyways coming back to my vadas, soon i learned the tastes, food , culture of this region .Most often during the days of religious fasts especially Shivratri/Navratri and other festivals, our office canteens or canteens in hostels as well would serve out these sabudana vadas or sabudana khicidri. In fact even restaurants would also prepare an extra quantity of these amazing recipes for these specific days.
And so the more i tasted ,the more inclined i was towards it ingredients and the art of mastering the perfect crispy vada. Ultimately with myriad trial and error methods, i think i finally managed to perfect the art of dishing out a vada. And now, these yummy starters feature in my kitchen even on a regular day when my craving for something crispy and salty is on a high.
Tapioca(Sabudana)- 1 cup soaked overnight in 1/2 cup water small pieces
Potato- 2 small boiled and grated
Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
Fried peanuts- 1/2 cup crushed
Salt(rock salt or sendha namak if using for fast purpose) -As per taste
Green chillies- 1 small chopped
Red Chilli powder- 1/4th tsp
Roasted Cumin powder- 1/2th tsp
fresh coriander- few chopped
Lime juice- 11/2 tsp
Rajgira flour(amaranth flour)/Singhara atta(water chestnut flour)-1/4th cup These are optional ,i didn’t use though.They are used for binding, however I prefer without using them
- Soak the tapioca overnight in water that is just enough to cover them
- Boil the potatoes and keep aside
- Now mash the potatoes and mix with the tapioca, salt, crushed roasted peanuts, roasted cumin powder, red chilli powder, cumin seeds,green chillies,chopped coriander and lime juice .
- Form into small flat patties and keep aside for sometime
- Fry them in hot oil until crisp, drain on absorbent paper and serve immediately
The perfect vadas are an output of the way the sabudanas are soaked. Most often it is the only reason for people not been able to crack the art of perfection.The amount of water should be just enough to cover the sabudana .But then, perfection comes with time and practice. Additionally ,coz of its ability to retain oil, it is essential to fry them at the correct temperature to attain that perfect crunchiness. Otherwise you might end up with soggy vadas which are quite unappealing. So one must ensure that you fry them over medium-high flame for those additive, delectable crispy vadas.
Mouth watering, soft yet crunchy, these small delights are enough to lead up to a warm day .A crispy outer cover and chewy on the inside , they surprise you with the crunchiness of the crushed peanuts as you bite into these vadas , they melt into your mouth as your tongue craves for more.With the nutrients of some curd by the side, they are my perfect breakfast on an easy going day..