Monsoon special – Sabudana Wada

Mumbai rains bring along with them not just waterlogged streets, traffic jams, and life to a standstill, they also bring along the most tempting of food that makes you forget all the pain.

All we need is to spot a plateful of hot and spicy onion bhajiyas (fritters) and we instantly fall in love with the monsoon! I do enjoy the onion bhajiyas, but more than that, I relish the sabudana wada,(sago patties) with the coriander chutney.

I am drooling even as I type this post! It’s raining outside, and I wasn’t very pleased when I saw the dark clouds looming large on the horizon. I missed my evening walk today, too! But all of that was forgotten the moment I sat down to type this post!

So, sharing today, this recipe for the sabudana wada, or Sago Patties, with the coriander chutney. Apologies, though, as I couldn’t click any pics during the making of the wadas yesterday as I was too engrossed in making the patties. But, trust me, it’s a really simple recipe and doable for every amateur cook, like yours truly!





Sabudana (Sago) – 2 cups, soaked for a few hours in just enough water.

Potatoes – 2, boiled, peeled and mashed.

Green chillies – 2 to 3

Peanuts – 1 cup, roasted, with peels removed and crushed into a coarse powder.

Coriander – a small bunch, cleaned and washed.

Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp.

Salt – to taste

Oil – To deep fry.



Coconut – 1, freshly grated

Coriander – 1 cup

Green chillies – 2 to 3

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp.

Salt – to taste



In a big bowl, take the soaked sabudana, mashed potatoes, cumin seeds and salt and mix well.

Next, finely grind coriander leaves and greenchillies and add this to the above mixture.

Make round balls (the size of a medium-sized tomato) and press them slightly in between your wet palms and keep them aside.

In a pan, heat oil for deep-frying.

Once the oil is hot, fry the wadas (you can fry 3 to 4 at a time depending upon the size and depth of the pan).

Remove them onto a kitchen napkin once they are golden from all sides.


In a grinder, take 2 cups of freshly grated coconut, coriander, green chillies and cumin seeds and grind to a thick, fine paste.

Add salt to taste.

You could also add half a tsp of lemon juice for added flavour.

Serve hot sabudana wada along with the cool coriander chutney.

Makes for the perfect rainy evening snacks!

From my kitchen.

Bon Appetit!



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Published by shilpagupte

Do you know the secret to living a happy life? Eat. Pray. Love. Or, watch what you eat, wish well for all and fill your heart with love! That's precisely what I try to do through my blogs: 'Metanoia', the wellness blogazine, and 'Fictionista', my blog for fiction and non-fiction. Welcome to my virtual homes!

35 thoughts on “Monsoon special – Sabudana Wada

  1. Oh these are drool worthy. At one time I had them every Thursday for tea ( my mom’s upas) and still remember those yummy pearly snacks as you call them! Thanks so much for joining up with this venture. We really should meet up once Diwali is over

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  2. Oooo.. I had enough and more of Sabudana vadas and onion pagodas when in Pune. Can’t stop munching on them especially watching the Rains. 😊 love yours! Perfect!


  3. Okay, I have never tasted sabudana vada in my life. And this is the second time I’m reading about this dish today, I’m gonna find the recipe and make it one day. They look yummy, I must say. 😀

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  4. Oh why why why did you write about sabudana wada. They are my weakness. Now I can’t stop thinking about the. I tried it the first in Nagpur and fell in love with the awesome flavor. Sigh… How perfect they look 😀

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  5. Ah, totally drool-worthy, as I type now and look at them while my tummy is growling with hunger! I love them..infact all three of us at home love to have these anytime, raining or not. Great new feature, Shilpa and Sunita! Would love to join in sometime, once am back to blogging. 🙂

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  6. I love sabudana khichdi and vadas. While I do make khichdi occasionally, I have never made sabudana vadas at home. Must try them out sometimes and yours look absolutely yum, feel like picking one, no… two 🙂

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  7. Ooooh! My favourites! In fact, as a kod, I would tell my Mum that I wanted to fast on Chaturthi, just so I could munch on these! Of course, Mum saw clear through my excuse and made me eat regular food. But sabudana vadas and khichdi are my favourite things in the whole wide world! Tha ks so much Shilpa for remi ding me tof these beauties 🙂

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  8. Monsoons are the best time for eating, the time we crave all things deep fried. I love sabudana vadas and to think I went half my life not having sampled them at all! Only when I came to Bombay that I got to taste them.

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