What to Eat in Maharashtra
Sabudana vada also called sago vada, is a traditional deep fried snack from Maharashtra, India. It is often served with spicy green chutney and along with hot chai and is best eaten fresh. In other parts of country, Sabudana vada are the best option to have when fasting. Therefore, this filling and nutritious snack is served usually during religious festivals and during fast/vrat/upvaas especially in Navratri vrats. Like all vadas, these are best eaten fresh. Sabudana vadas are crunchy and simply melt in the mouth leaving the stomach full and the tongue craving for more. Methods of preparation are simple, but time consuming, as the main ingredients used in preparation of Sabudana vada require some processing. For example, sabudana (sago), the main constituent of vada, need to be soaked overnight; potatoes need to be boiled, peeled and then mashed; and peanuts need to be roasted and ground to a coarse powder after removing their husks. Additional ingredients of Sabudana Vada include: Red chili, Green chilies and Coriander leaves (finely chopped), salt and vegetable oil (for deep frying).