Crunchy, low-fat sabudana oats vada – a healthy, fiber-rich delicious snack that takes only 15 minutes to make!
A month ago, I made the low-fat version of a classic favorite – Mirchi Bhajiya. Granted, this new recipe makeover took a bit longer than what I anticipated – but I had caught on the recipe-makeover-bug. Suddenly, I was re-looking at some of our deep-fried favorites and thinking of how to make the dish more healthy without compromising on the taste or texture.
Sabudana Vada is one such delicious snack that we Indians absolutely love. The chewiness of the Sabudana (pearl tapioca) lends this deep fried goodie a wonderful texture. To make this umpteen times healthier than a regular recipe, I decided to use cut the potatoes and add Oats instead. Oats, like potatoes is an excellent binder. And the goodness of oats is something we all know and love! To cut the fat, I went the shallow-fry way. Making smaller patties and cooking like any regular burger patties is all you’ve gotta do for these vadas.
If you’re someone who doesn’t usually like the idea of recipe makeovers, you’ve got to give this sabudana oats vada a try. You’ll never notice the difference! Even the best fast food joints in Mumbai may not be able to match up to the deliciousness of these vadas!
To make these vadas, I used the Fortune rice bran oil. Besides it’s high smoking point that doesn’t make the food sticky, it helps absorb less oil that makes it a good frying oil. You can read the many benefits of this oil here.
Healthy Sabudana Oats Vada – Printable Recipe
- ¼ cup Sabudana, soaked for a minimum of 4 hours (or best to do it overnight)
- 1 cup Oatmeal
- 1 small Boiled Potato
- ½ cup Groundnuts
- 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
- 2 teaspoons Salt (adjust to taste)
- 4 Green Chillies, finely chopped
- 1 sprig of Coriander leaves
- 1 Tablespoons Fortune Rice Bran Oil
- If you don't have oatmeal, buy quick cooking oats, dry roast it for 4-5 minutes and grind in a mixer until you have a coarse mixture.
- Wash the Sabudana well to get rid of most of the starch. Soak the sabudana in water for at least 4-5 hours until they have plumped up. You can do this overnight too. Get rid of all the water.
- Coarsely grind the groundnuts (or crush them with a mortar and pestle)
- In a mixing bowl, add all ingredients except the oil. Mix together well to form a thick mixture. Taste and adjust for salt, if required.
- Divide the mixture into 8 medium or 16 small parts. Roll each part into a neat ball and flatten slightly to form patties.
- Heat 1 Tablespoon of oil on a pan. Let it spread out well. Add 4-5 patties to the hot pan. Let them cook on one side for 4-5 minutes on medium heat. Do not turn at this point. Once the edges start to turn golden brown, they will release easily. Flip and continue to cook for another 4-5 minutes.
- Remove on a tissue paper. Serve hot with condiments of your choice.
Fun fact: These Sabudana Vadas are deep fried & served at some of the best places to eat fast food in Mumbai… But you know have the chance to make a healthy makeover and have the same goodie at home!
Healthy Sabudana Oats Vada – Step by Step Recipe
Soak the sabudana overnight or for 3-4 hours at least. Discard water and set aside.
Add all ingredients except oil. Knead together for 2-3 minutes and you’ll have a thick mixture. Taste and adjust for seasoning.
Form small patties. Heat 1-2 tablespoons of oil on a pan and add the sabudana oats vada one by one. Let them cook on one side for 5-7 minutes on medium heat. Once a side is cooked, it will easily release. Flip and continue to cook on other side for another 3-4 minutes.
Remove on a tissue paper. Serve hot with condiments of your choice.
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