BM #120 Week 3 Day 2 - 

This classic vada made healthier in the air fryer is our go-to snack. I understand that traditionally it is made in the state of Maharashtra and the recipe is slightly different. But this is how I made and came out perfect in the air fryer.

Each air fryer is calibrated differently and so please keep an eye on them and check if the timings match your appliance.

Ingredients - 

Sabudana/Saggubiyyam/Sago 2 cups
Curds/Yogurt 1/2 cup (Divided use)
Potatoes boiled and roughly mashed 1 cup
Turmeric 1/2 tsp
Peanuts coarsely crushed 1/2 cup
Green chilies finely chopped as needed
Coriander leaves, finely chopped 2 Tbsp
Salt to taste
Seasoning (Oil 1 Tbsp, Chana Dal 2 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Cumin 1/2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Curry leaves few)
Lemon Juice as needed

Method Of Preparation -

Wash Sabudana in clean water and drain. Add 1/4 cup of curds/yogurt mix well, cover and set aside overnight.

Note - Sabudana can be washed and soaked in water for about an hour depending on the variety of sabudana used. Drain the water and use it in the next step. I have tried both ways.

Fluff the soaked sabudana and mix in salt, turmeric, coarsely crushed peanuts, green chilies, chopped coriander leaves and mashed potato.

After the mustard seeds pop and the dals are brown, remove from heat and pour into the sabudana mixture.

Squeeze in some lemon juice and mix well adding as much of yogurt as needed to make it into a stiff dough.

Make about 16-18 equal portions of the mixture and pat them into 2-3 inch patties. Spray or brush oil on both sides of the discs and set aside.

Preheat the air fryer at 400 for about 3 minutes. Arrange the patties so they don't touch each other and bake for 6-8 minutes and check for doneness. Flip each of them and bake for a couple of minutes. Remove when they appear crisp at the edges. Continue with the rest of the patties until the dough is used up.

Each air fryer is calibrated differently so keep an eye on the first batch to check the timings.

Serve as is or with a chutney of your choice.


Preparation Time 30 minutes + soaking time 
Makes 16-18


  1. rajani Says:
  2. I don’t have an air fryer yet but have been hearing great reviews from friends. Vada looks yummy!

  3. Radha Says:
  4. The air fryer vada looks great and perfect. I haven't tried this in airfryer and would love to make following your recipe.

  5. wow sabudhana vada in air-fryer looks delish harini! I recently bought one and i m definitely going to try this for the weekend!

  6. I love airfryer recipes! Sabudana vada looks fantastic, to get such a crispy vada and without oil is fantastic. I have always made the fried ones, which soak up a lot of oil. Must give these a trial soon.

  7. I am newbie to Air Fryer and tried only few recipes. Sabudana vada turned out perfect and this time I do not have to worry about what to do with left over deep fried oil!.. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. Narmadha Says:
  9. Sabudana vada looks so crispy and crunchy. Making them in air fryer makes it guilt-free treat.

  10. Kalyani Says:
  11. Another delicious reason for me to.invest in an airfryer, Harini ! The vada looks scrumtious ..

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