I am a big fan of this vada and have made it with sweet potatoes as well. So when my mom said she had soaked some extra sabudana (tapioca pearls) and suggested "How about some vadas with the leftover sabudana?" I was all in agreement.
We quickly boiled a couple of potatoes, grated some ginger and chopped a chilli, mixed it all together and got a hot batch quickly.
Lil A is getting introduced to the "pakoras" after the "bhajas". And his favorite kind is potato. I thought he would try this, he tried a couple of bites and then gave up. Oh well, more for me.
2 small/ medium potato boiled, peeled and mashed
1 cup sabudana (tapioca pearls)
Water (to soak sabudana)
1-2 green chillies finely chopped
1 tbsp ginger grated
1 tbspoon cilantro finely chopped
salt to taste
1/4 tspoon freshly grated black pepper
1/4 cup oil(I used non stick for this)
Soak the sabudana for a good 3-4 hours. Drain the excess water and then mix the sabudana with potato and salt.
Once it's mixed in, add the chilli, cilantro and ginger and then form small flat patties using the palm.
My mom usually wets her palm to prevent the patties from sticking.
In a shallow pan, heat oil and put the patties in once the oil is hot. Let it cook on medium heat for about 1-2 minutes till it browns. Turn over and cook the other side.