Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sabu dana (javvarisi) cutlet

I came to know about MBP-Snacks and Savouries event hosted by Ashwini while browsing Madhuram's blog. I particularly liked this event as all you need to do is find a nice snacks recipe from a blog and prepare it. As the recipe is tried and tasted, you need not worry about the outcome. Its is also a kind of showing the food blogger whose recipe we choose, how much we love their blog. I searched the food blogs that I know of and zeroed in on Arundhati's sabu dana cutlet. There were so many other nice snacks recipes, but I liked Arundhati's the best as it was very easy to make and not deep fried consdering the fact that lot of snack items are deep fried.

I followed the recipe as it is. I only changed the measurements a bit. Eversince I bought a small, very useful kitchen scale, I measure all the ingredients in grams using the scale. Everybody liked it very much, especially my mother said of all the recipes that I made till now looking at the internet, this is the best. All credit goes to Arundhati for sharing this tasty and healthy recipe.

I have eaten deep fried sabu dana vada in a maharashtrian fast food centre here. They serve the vada with sweet curd. But Arundhati's sabu dana cutlet scores as it is shallow fried with very minimal oil. I had the cutlet with sweet curd. Others had it with bread and tomato sauce. However we ate, the taste was awesome.

The original recipe by Arundhati can be found here.

Ingredients to make around 30 cutlets

Sabu dana(javvarisi in tamil): 300gms(soaked overnight or for 8 hours) Potato: 450 gms(boiled, peeled and mashed) Bread crumbs: 100 gms Ground nut: 150 gms(I ground it coarsely in a mixer. As Arundhati has mentioned, badam or cashew can also be used.) Green chily: 2 long(cut into small pieces. Can use more chilys according to one's spice level.) Salt to taste. Refined oil: to shallow fry the cutlets. Coriander leaves: chopped(I did not use it as I did not have it) Procedure
1. Mix all the above ingredients except oil. 2. Make lemon sized balls. 3. Flatten each ball with palm. 4. Heat non stick pan/tava. 5. Place few pieces of flattened cutlets on the tava. 6. Add 1 tbsp or less oil touching all the cutlets. 7. Keep in medium flame. 8. Once one side is fried well, turn the cutlets and add some oil.(1 tsp) 9. Allow it to fry. 10. Remove from pan. 11. Serve hot.

Note: The cutlets that I made were not at all spicy. I purposely added less chily as I thought my 2 years old son would eat it. Since we also do not eat very spicy stuff, it was OK for us. Next time I might add some masala powder to make it a bit more fragrant.

This is my entry to Ashwini's MBP-Snacks and Savouries event originally started by Coffee.


  1. Looks yummy priya.. I also have packet sabhudana somewhere. I will surely try this recipe...

  2. Thanks Ashwini.
    Thanks to Arundhati too for sharing such a good recipe..

  3. Priya, they look awesome. Am so glad all of you enjoyed it. Even my picky 3-yr old loved it - I think the crunch from the nuts did it!
    Btw, in your recipe, some parts of the sentences are not visible - I don't think they are wrapping around. just fyi.

  4. Hi Arundhati,
    Thanks for pointing out. But I am able to view the recipe properly. Can you please tell which sentence is not visible so that I can check.

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