So I decided to make my version. I didn't want to deep fry it so I made disc shaped vadas instead of the usual spherical balls. Yes, deep fried version is crunchier and crispier but I preferred mine shallow fried to satiate the craving.
Sabudana Vada - (18 count)
1 cup sago/sabudana, soaked for 6 hours, drained
1 medium potato, boiled, peeled & grated
1/2 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts, powdered coarsely
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
1 1/2" ginger, peeled & grated
2-3 green chilies, chopped
3/4 tsp cumin seeds
1 key lime, squeezed
salt to taste
1/2 tsp sugar
Oil for shallow or deep frying
1. Pick sabudana/sago for any impurities. Soak in ample water for 6 hours.
2. Drain the water completely and keep aside for 15 minutes. When you touch each grain, it should be soft and should not have any hard interior.
3. Mash sago lightly with potato masher. Now add all the ingredients except oil for frying. Knead well.
4. Using wet hands, make 18 balls or discs.5. Heat a nonstick pan. Place the discs in a single layer. Using oil as needed, shallow fry till they are brown on both sides.
6. Serve with upasachi chutney.
1. For the authentic flavor, deep fry the sago balls till they are crispy brown.