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Sabudana Appe Recipe for Navratri Vrat

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Sabudana Appe

Sabudana Appe

Appe is a steamed South Indian dish that is prepared in an appe, or an aebleskiver pan. Different types of batter with different ingredients can be used to make this snack. In this version, we are preparing it with sabudana, or sago pearls. They are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.

Sabudana appe are a particular favorite for vrat, or festival fasting, as certain foods should be avoided during these times. Sabudana is an ingredient that is allowed to be eaten during a fast. The festival of Navratri is fast approaching, so you can prepare and have this as one of the fasting foods.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

1 hour

1 hour 15 min

36 appe


  • 1 cup sabudana (sago pearls)
  • 3 cups water, separated
  • 2 potatoes, boiled and grated
  • 1 tsp sendha namak (rock salt), or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tbsp peanuts, roasted and ground
  • 1 tbsp hara dhania (cilantro), chopped
  • Oil, as needed


  1. Dry-roast the sabudana on low heat for 2-3 minutes to dry out any moisture in them. Remove and let cool down completely then grind to a powder. Add 2 cups of water and mix well to make a mixture. Let it rest for 5 minutes.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the grated boiled potatoes, sabudana water mixture, sendha namak, jeera, grated ginger, chopped green chilli, black pepper powder, roasted peanut powder, and chopped hara dhania. Stir until the ingredients combine well.
  3. Add water to thin down the batter to the consistency shown. We added 1 cup of water. Cover and let it rest for about 15 minutes.
  4. Now keep the appe pan on low heat and grease all the pits with oil. Stir the batter well and pour the batter in each pit with a spoon. Cover with a lid and let them cook for about 8-10 minutes until their undersides are a little brown.
  5. Lift the lid, free the appe edges from the pan if necessary and flip the appe carefully with a spoon. Pour a few drops of oil on each appe and cover with a lid and allow to cook for another 10 minutes.
  6. Flip the appe and if needed roast them for a few minutes more on both sides until they are nicely crisp and brown.
  7. Serve the sabudana appe with vrat ki peanut chutney. Recipe link in the video.

Sabudana Appe With Peanut Chutney Recipe for Navratri Vrat

© 2020 Rajan Singh Jolly


Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 28, 2020:

Thank you, Flourish.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 18, 2020:

I'd like to try this, especially with various dipping sauces.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 16, 2020:

These pans are very much used in South Indian cooking, Peggy. It makes for a healthier dish as much less oil is used in making the dish. Thank you.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 16, 2020:

Thank you, Pamela.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 16, 2020:

You will not be disappointed, Bill. lol! Thank you.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 16, 2020:

I do not own an aebleskiver pan. You could probably place an ad for one in this article telling how you use it for recipes such as this. My first introduction to aebleskivers was by a Swedish lady, a friend of our family, one year when I drove her to her home in Ely, Minnesota. It was a treat eating them.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 15, 2020:

This recipe had some very interesting ingredients, Rajan.This is another dish that I would like to try as I don't think I have had anything quite like it. Thanks for sharing another good recipe.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 15, 2020:

Sure, why not? It looks tasty, and I'm sure I would pop one in my mouth and give it a try. :)

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