Its Spring time…which marks the beginning of Chaitri Navratris…when we Hindus worship Goddess Durga for 9 days while we fast. The 9th day signifies the end of the Navratris & it’s celebrated as Shri Ram Navmi.
So I thought I should start my fasts by making an all time favourite of mine. Something so easy, healthy and yummy!! Sabudana Wadas…or Sago & Potato Croquettes but I have chosen to make these in an Appe pan /Aebelskiver pan. Although these Wadas or Croquettes can easily be deep or shallow fried, I prefer them with as little oil as possible. Trust me, the taste won’t be compromised 😊 They are crispy on the outside and creamy and soft on the inside. Just as the deep fried ones would taste.
One can have these Wadas / Croquettes even when you aren’t fasting (yeah, I do that a lot) 😜 they can be excellent snacks for tea times too..or for a filling breakfast.
Let’s start with the recipe, it requires a bit of prior prepping..😀
Yield: 15-17 small Wadas / Croquettes
Equipment: Appe / Aebelskiver pan, a mixing bowl, a couple spoons & forks.
1/2 cup Sabudana / sago
3 nos medium potatoes boiled and mashed
2 nos green chillies finely chopped
1 tbsp coriander leaves finely chopped
1tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup roasted, husked & roughly crushed peanuts
Sendha namak / Himalayan Rock salt to taste ( you can use regular salt too if you are not fasting)
1/2 tsp roasted cumin pwd
a pinch of sugar (optional)
oil as required
Wash the Sabudana / sago under running water till water runs clear. Soak it overnight in a little water, just enough to cover the Sabudana / sago (even soaking for a minimum of 4-5 hours works well for me). Don’t keep any excess water while soaking.
Next, once the Sabudana / sago is soaked, mix all the ingredients together except the oil in the mixing bowl using a fork and make sure there are no lumps in a potatoes. Heat the Appe pan / Aebelskiver pan, add a few drops of oil in every indentation.. Make small balls with the batter and place in the pan. Cook for about 2-3 mins on the first side on low – medium flame else they will remain uncooked from within. Now turn them over and cook for a further 2 mins. They will get a rich golden – brown colour on all sides and will crisp up as well. Do the same for the entire batch. Serve them hot with any dip / sauce of your choice. Since I was fasting, I had them with some plain curd and fruits. That simple!! 😘😘
Happy fasting everyone!