Sabudana Vada (Tapioca Sago)- Less oil cooking in Appi Pan

Hi all. With two kids I am always on a look out for easy and interesting food and tiffin items so that its not time consuming and at the same time healthy, tasty and most importantly appealing to my kids.

So recently I tried my hands at making Sabudana (Tapioca Sago) vada but in an Appi Pan. There are 2 reasons why I chose Appi pan over Deep Frying.

One is the obvious reason, less oil. When you deep fry the Vada and pack for tiffins, they get very soggy after a time and a greasy to eat when in school or outside. However, in an Appi pan, not much oil is used and hence the hands don’t get messy and also the vada sits firm without getting soggy.

Reason two, Once when I was removing the Vada’s after deep frying, they just split open and went flying over my head. Post that I have completely stopped deep frying them. If the ratio of Tapioca and potatoes is not right, the Vada’s may split open and for that reason one should add Arrowroot Powder (Araarot) to avoid this. However, in Appi Pan this is not needed as they will not split open while being cooked.

So here is the simple recipe


3 cups soaked Sago (soak it for atlas 3 to 4hours)

4 medium size potatoes ( boiled and peeled)

1 medium size lemon

Salt to taste

Finely chopped Garnish


Mash the potatoes, add the soaked Tapioca Sago in it, squeeze the lemon, add chopped coriander and salt to taste. Mix all the ingredients together till it becomes a fine dough. (Note: when you mix potatoes for too long with hands they can get sticky hence you should avoid it). Once the dough is ready, make small balls of it. Now take the Appi Pan, oil each pocket of it. Place the small balls in each pocket and grease it with oil on top. Cover it and let it cook. (Note: the ones in the centre get cooked quicker than the ones at the side so make sure to keep checking)

Keep turning them till all the sides get cooked properly. You can grease a bit more oil if you feel the need to. Once all the sides are brown, remove from the Appi pan and its ready to serve. Once done, serve with Green Chutney or Ketchup

For kids, I have avoided Green Chillies and Red chilli powder. However, you can add them if making for adults.

Easy and a yum dish is ready and at the same time a healthy option for kids and adults alike. If you try this out, do let me know and if you post on
Instagram do tag me @mummatalks and i will share it on my stories.

Happy eating.

By mummatalks

Mom of two brats, use to work as an analyst now a SAHM. Love books.

40 replies on “Sabudana Vada (Tapioca Sago)- Less oil cooking in Appi Pan”

We too are sabudana wadas lovers but never tried it in appam pan. Wil definitely try your recipe Hansa.

These are just amazing ☺
I love sabudana vada, and getting to know the less oil, healthy version is like cherry on top….. 😄😍

Sabudana vada is one of my personal favourites. But I avoid it because of the frying. But this recipe is great. No frying. Means I can eat them. Will definitely try.

Sabudana vada is one of my personal favourites. But I avoid it because of the frying. But this recipe is good. No frying means I can eat it once in a while. Thanks.

You know dear sabudana vada is my most favorite dish but I had never tried it at home. After reading your post feeling inspired to try it at home. Addition of appi pan is really interesting to me .

I am willing to try this recipe for a long time, but I don’t have this kind of utensil (Appam Maker) to make Appam. Will you be able to suggest any substitute for this utensil… I am willing to try this Appam.

Drooling over the sabudana vada, this is my most favourite snack, gonna explore the recipe soon 😊

I love sago vadas and what an amazing idea & recipe to make it in appe pan ; i will totally make it this way next time . Thanks for the p0st.

I am a sucker for healthy recipes for my children and am so glad to have stumbled on your blog today. I will definitely try the Sabudana Vada Tapioca Sago this week, learning from your recipe.

Wow it looks very yummy..I like Sabudana vada but never tried in appam pan..definitely I will try this recipe

sabudana vadas are one of my favorite snack or breakfast item. i love the idea of preparing it in less oil. plz suggest the brand of appe pan.

I have always enjoyed eating these when i have travelled, but never knew its name, leave alone the recipe and how to make it. This looks easy to make and a good alternative to aloo pakoras 🙂

This can be staple breakfast for my son. We just sabutdana so much that we can have it everyday. 🙂
Sabutdana khichadi, sabutdana kheer are some of the other items that i love it.

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