Navratri, which means nine night, is celebrated to honor goddess Durga. People worship nine different forms of goddesss Durga during this period, observe fast and stay awake at night to perform garba and dandiya. The celebration ends on the tenth day with Dussehra or Vijay Dashmi. The festival is celebrated with great pomp and enthusiasm in Gujarat and Maharashtra. This year Navratri will be celebrated from September 21 to September 29. Those who observe fast during Navratri, eat fruits or food prepared using specific ingredients. Here is the recipe for sabudana vada, which you can eat during your fast, by Tarla Dalal. (ALSO READ Here’s How to Make Sabudana Khichdi).
One and a half cup of sabudana
Half a cup of peanuts
Two medium potatoes
2 teaspoons of green chili paste
1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves
One teaspoon of lemon juice
Two teaspoons of sugar
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
You need to soak sabudana for this recipe. So, take one and a half cup of sabudana or sago pearls and rinse it twice. Drai out the water and then soak it in one cup of water. Soak it overnight. You can also soak it for about five hours in 3/4 cup of water.
Roast the peanuts for about five minutes or till the skin of the peanuts turn slightly darker in color. Grind the roasted peanuts to a coarse powder
Boil the potatoes. Peel and mash them to a fine paste. (ALSO READ Dussehra 2017 Recipe: How to Make Jaggery Rasgulla at Home for Vijayadashami).
Add the soaked sago pearls to the mashed potato.
Add the chili paste, chopped coriander leaves, salt, sugar and the crushed peanuts. Mix to combine all the ingredients.
Divide the mixture into equal portions. Make small balls and then flatten to make vadas. Make sure the vadas are not very thick as it will not be crunchy.
Place a pan on a medium flame and heat the oil.
Once the oil is hot, put the vada into the pan. Cook it till the vadas turn golden brown on boh the sides.
Take the vadas out and place them on absorbent paper. Serve it hot. Here’s the video for the recipe.
Sabudana vada is one of the favorite dishes among Maharashtrians. Do try this recipe and enjoy Navratri.