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Sabudana vada is a deep fried snack from Maharashtra and is ideal for today’s Ashadhi Ekadashi or Ashadhi a fasting food.
Traditionally Sabudana vada is served with spicy green chutney and chaha or tea. To enjoy its flavours eat it hot. Sabudana vada or Sago vada are crunchy yet filling and nutritious. The vada just melts in your mouth.
In the Hindu calendar, Ekadashi is the eleventh lunar day (Ekadashi) of the bright fortnight (Shukla Paksha)and is considered auspicious and we fast. But today is the Hindu month of Ashadha (June – July) so it is called Ashadhi Ekadashi or Ashadhi and this is much more significant to most Hindus.
The other names of this day are Shayani Ekadashi, Maha-Ekadashi, Prathama-Ekadashi, Padma Ekadashi, Devshayani Ekadashi or Devpodhi andToli Ekadashi.
Ashadhi Ekadashi or Ashadhi is a day of special significance to Vaishnavas, followers of Hindu preserver god Vishnu. The Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi are worshipped. There are prayers and bhajans sung through the entire night. Devotees fast and take vows that they maintain the next four months called Chaturmas, the holy four-month period of the rainy season. These may include, giving up a food item or fasting on every Ekadashi day. The fast is strict and you avoid all grains, beans, cereals, certain vegetables like onions, garlic and certain spices.
In Maharashtra, this is the day when the Pandharpur Ashadi Ekadasi Waari Yatra ends in Pandharpur on the banks of the Chandrabhaga River. The religious procession of pilgrims, called Warkaris walk from different parts of Maharashtra, barefoot. Many carry images of saints and they sing Abhangas (chanting hymns) of Saint Tukaram and Saint Dnyaneshwar, dedicated to Vitthal Rakmai or Vishnu and Rukmini.
So let us get back to upvaas/vrat/fasting that you can eat Rajgira Thalileeth~Fasting Special, Shingade chya Pith cha Shira Recipe~FastingSpecial, Goan Kanga che Kheer|Sweet Potato Pudding a Traditional Goan Dish, Sabudana Thalippeth, Sabudana Khichidi, Delicious Sago and Chia Seeds Pudding, V for Varya chi Khichidi.
Add Sabudana Vada to the list of fasts Sankasthi, Navratri or even Ashadhi Ekadashi or Ashadhi like as it is made from sabudana/sago, boiled potato, crushed roasted ground nuts, green chillies and is deep fried.
Sabudana Vada Recipe|How to make Sabudana Vada|Fasting Foods
- 1-1/2 cups sago soaked
- 2-3 Potatoes boiled
- 1/2 cup ground nuts roasted and coarsely crushed
- 2 tsp Green chilli paste
- 1 tsp Lemon juice
- 2 tsp Sugar
- 1/4 cup Dhania/coriander leaves finely chopped
- Salt to Taste
- Oil for deep-frying
- In a deep bowl grate the boiled potato mix the sago, green chillies, lemon juice, sugar, coriander and salt.
- Heat the oil in a kadhai/wok.
- Shape 12 lemon sized balls and flatten them.
- Lower the flattened balls in the hot oil.
- Fry 2-3 at a time on medium flame till they turn deep golden in colour on both sides.
- Drain on absorbent paper.
- Serve hot with tea and green chutney.
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