Sabudana vada – Sago cutlets is a regular feature in canteens and office mess these days.
Sago is made from tapioca root or cassava.
It has been around since World war II.It is gluten-free and vegan.There are many small sabudana recipes like kheer ,sabudana usal and the famous Maharashtrian sabudana khichdi.You can also make sabudana vada without peanuts.
Many canteens in Mumbai sell this at tea time.
Hindu Religious fasting and Gluten-free food
In India, many people tend to fast as their devotion to God.Most people fast only on water while some do not take salt.
Some may take only fruits during that time.Others may take an evening meal or just sago and potatoes.
This is a common practice.A gluten-free meal or fruits taken once a day.
During the periods of religious fasting like Navratre where Hindus fast for 7-9 days.
They consume mostly one meal.We do not eat traditional grains like wheat and rice.
Most families do this twice an year.Usually, at the onset of summer and winter.These practices were done since ages at the change of weather.This helps healing.
Fasting is cleansing of both body and mind.People spend time in meditation and prayers.This heals the soul.
Also eating gluten-free and vegetarian cuisine helps the gut.
One common problem with sago is we are unsure how long do you need to soak Sabudana?
Place it in bowl and cover it with enough water.Keep it aside for 4-6 hours until it fluffs up.
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