Sago Pearl Waffles

My vegetarian friends keep reminding me of putting out more vegetarian recipes. So here is another recipe which is inspired from the sattvic food which women have after their fast during the festival period. I rummaged through a plethora of post fast foods and realized the Sago pearls were an integral ingredient in these dishes. However, the typical sago pearl dishes were either khichdi, vadas or kheer. I wanted to do something different a kind of fusion of East and West. From here came the inspiration of the Sago Pearl Waffles. In keeping with the Sattvic spirit, I have tried to keep the ingredients to a bare minimum. One important thing to keep in mind is rinsing the Sago pearls well three to four times to remove the extra starch. The waffles are quite crispy and fun to eat. It’s quite versatile and can be had as an accompaniment to a main meal or as an on the go snack. Although I have not added any vegetables you can add in some extra veggies such as carrots, spinach and cabbage if you like. This adds a dash of colour to the waffles and makes it fun to eat for the kids and can be a healthy tiffin for school. Happy Fooding around with this fusion vegetarian recipe. I am sure you and your family will enjoy this dish.


Sago Pearl Waffles

  • Author: Reetika Mitra
  • Prep Time: 10 Mins
  • Cook Time: 10 Mins
  • Total Time: 20 Mins


The Festive Special Fusion Fun



  • 1 cup sabudana (tapioca pearls)
  • 1 large boiled potato skin removed and mashed
  • ½ cup paneer, finely grated
  • ⅓ cup peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 23 green chillies (finely chopped)
  • 1 big handful of coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 Teaspoons lemon juice


  1. Rinse the sabudana (tapioca pearls) for 3 – 4 times to remove excess starch. Drain all the water and add 1 cup of water to the washed sabundana. Soak the sabudana for 4-5 hours. By now, the sabudana should have puffed up and is soft to the touch.
  2. Lightly roast peanuts. Let them cool it, coarsely grind them.
  3. To the soaked sabudana, add the mashed boiled potato, grated paneer, crushed peanuts, cumin seeds, finely chopped green chillies, grated ginger, finely chopped coriander leaves, lemon juice and salt to taste.
  4. Mix all the ingredients, and slightly mash it with your hands. Divide the mixture into four equal part and make round balls.
  5. Spray or brush some oil on both side of the waffle maker. Take one of the balls and place it on the waffle maker. Press and close the waffle maker to start cooking.
  6. Cook the waffle as per desired level depending on your preference. Mine took 6- 7 minutes. Once done remove the waffle with a spatula and let rest for 2 minutes before serving.



These waffles turns more crisp once they cool down a bit.

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