August 01, 2006


Sago Vada!! Who dosen't like it,right?!Make a wonderful snack on a cold day with coconut and mint chutney to go with it,Mmm..!! I followed the recipe from a cook book, of course with some additional ingredients to make it to suit my taste. It came out better than I expected and very delicious. Tastes almost like Uttappam and better served immediately after frying, as it tends to be little chewy once it's cold!!

Sago Vadas:
I have used smaller variety of Tapioca in this recipe, probably a quick cooking one too, I am not sure! I usually take it out of the box and store the Tapioca in a glass jar. When soaking for 2-4 hrs, depending on the quality of Sago you have, make sure they are soft to touch before cooking. Serve with mint chutney.

1 Cup Sago(Tapioca)or Sabudana
1 small cooked and mashed Potato or 1/4 cup Potato flakes(Optional)
1/2 Cup Plain Yogurt
3/4 Cup Plain Flour
1/2 Cup Rice Flour
2 tsp Cumin Seeds
2 tsp Sesame Seeds
2-3 Green Chillies chopped
1-2 Onion chopped
1/2" ginger minced
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
Curry Leaves

1. Wash several times until water runs clear, and soak Sago in yogurt and water only if needed just enough to cover it for 2-4 hours or until soft depending on the type of Tapioca you have.If Sago is of bigger grain , soak longer.
2. After it is softens and thickens,add all the other ingredients given above and mix ,adding little water only if needed to make a very thick batter.
3. Take a lemon sized balls on your palms,flatten thin like cutlets.
4. Heat oil to 375F, drop the cutlets gently and deep fry.
5. Drain on paper towels and serve with mint chutney.

Mint Chutney can be relished with any kind of savory snacks and very easy to make in a jiffy.

You Need:
1/4 Cup Fresh or dry Coconut
1/4 Cup cilantro
1/8 Cup Mint Leaves
2-3 Fresh Green Chilies
1/2 Cup Plain Yoghurt
Curry Leaves
1 Garlic
To Temper:(Optional)
1 tsp Canola Oil
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds

1. Grind all the above ingredients to a smooth paste.
2. Heat oil, add mustard seeds, when they pop add to the chutney.
3. Serve with a glass of Minty Vanilla Yogurt Lassi or chilled soft drinks!!

NOTE: You can skip the coconut if you like or reduce the amount and just make chutney with other ingredients increasing the amount of cilantro and adding 1/2 tsp of lemon juice too to keep it from turning dark.

Here is a plate for you to enjoy:))

Minty Vanilla Yoghurt Lassi:

Have a crunchy, spicy and a cool evening with Sago fritters and cold Lassi!!Enjoy!:))


Rajani Rayudu said...

Hi Asha
Looks and sounds delicious I must try it. Thank u for your recipe. Happy Pongal to u too.

FH said...

Hi Rajani.Thank you for leaving a comment here!Everybody leaves somewhere else so as you can see you are first to comment!:)
Hope you try this snack,it's really delicious!!
Happy Pongal to you too!:))

Priya said...

Asha: You have plenty of storage recipes for us huh:-)) Sago vada is so new and will try it out. I think we make payas out of that.

FH said...

Hi Priya.Yes,usually Sagos are used to make payasa and dessert items.But it also make a great savory vadas too.Hope you will try this snack.Promise you,you will love it!:))

Melting Wok said...

okiee Asha, you got me going, I'll make some vadas with lentil flour, coming right up for breakfast one of these days, I promised :)) Thanks :)

FH said...

You are welcome Anh!:))

Hope you do try!Tastes great as a snack for any weekend with chutney. YUM!!

bee said...

what?? i thought you post only on wednesdays. i call wednesdays 'ash wednesdays'. nice vadas.

Roopa said...

Wadas thumba chenagide, i knew there was a recipe adding yogurt but never knew how to! thanks for the recipe hege iddilinu madthare i would try this version next.
He i got a thumbsup for your soft bature!:) made it twice last week amele namane avaru helidru to change our puri recipe permanentely to this one! thanks a lot hugs :)
he yenu if not for blog desam i wouln't have checked your blog egella wednesday blogging hoyitha?
ok bye :)

Cyberkitty said...

We use sago to make sweet dishes, never knew it could be used in vadas, seems delicious though !

TheCooker said...

The vadas look so good. And the lassi, too.
Is sago the same as sabudana?

FH said...

Bee,this was an old post!;D
Somehow the photos had disappeared from this post and couldn't find them in my archive.I made these vadas yesterday and re-posted it.It shows on the blog roll for some of you if you haven't visited here before!:D
LOL @ Ash wednesdays,it's still is,nothing changed.Thanks Bee:)

Roopa,glad you liked Bhatura.Thanks for trying:)Idu hale postu,photo kanutta iralilla anta matte madi pohot hakde,idu Desamnalli barutte anta gottiralla!:))
Wednesday is still on,don't worry:)Thanks for visiting.
Mosaru swalpa kadime haakbeku,sari madteeni postnalli.

FH said...

Hi Cyber Kitty,thanks for visiting.Sabudana vadas are very popular South Indian snack!:) They also add 1 small cooked potato too.Try it,tastes like eating fried Uttappams!;D

Hi TC,yes,it's same as Sabudana.I should write it there too to make it clear,thanks for the idea:))
Hope you try,it's crispy and delicious.

Anonymous said...

ash, love those vadas and cool minty lassi. what more do we need on a hot summer evening. somehow my sabudana vadas are never crispy.

FH said...

Reena,these were very crispy when fresh out of the fryer!Try this way next time,may be it will works for you:)
After it cools down,they do become a little soft but you can crisp them up again in the Oven at 300F for 10mins.Hope you try.

Anonymous said...

I love the presentation. What a gorgeous way to plate it Asha!

FH said...

Thanks Kristen:))
Hope you try.They are crispy and tasty with chutney.

Show Me The Curry said...

Nice recipes. I have a mint chutney recipe that I would like to share:

Mint Chutney

FH said...

Thanks girls!:)
That is a nice variation of North Indian style Mint chutney,liked it too.I will try next time.

Rico said...

looks superb in presentation and design well done. :D

FH said...

Thanks Ricardo, try my best! ;D

EC said...

Hi Asha..have tried this for the T&T..came out very well..thanks for the super recipe

dsdsds said...

Hi Ashaji,

I tried your Sago vadai for T&T event and it came out very well. I also love your film reviews. I too love Meryl streep and Anne hathway.. esp their combo in Devils wear Prada. This Aug 17th Julie and Julia starring Meryl streep is releasing.. waiting to see your review!! :))

FH said...

Thanks EC and Hema. This vada is best eaten as soon they come out of the oil. Enjoy and thanks for trying.

Hema, me too! Can't wait for Julia movie!! :)