Sweet Potato Vada Recipe – South Indian Snack

Make this sweet and spicy Vada made from Sweet Potatoes - perfect for a evening snack.
Sweet Potato Vada

Sweet Potato Vada – Indian Snack recipe for those dull evenings :). Here’s a delicious Vada recipe made out of Sweet Potatoes that we didn’t expect it to turn out so good.

We made these Sweet Potato Vadas not knowing how the outcome was going to be but it turned out to be a really flavorful Vada and can compete with other Vada recipes such as Masala Vada. This South Indian snack is easy to make and can be served as a dish on its own or a side dish with rice dishes.

Sweet Potato Vada
A sweet and spicy snack – that’s what this Sweet Potato Vada is about.

Why not Sweet Potato vada?

Sweet Potato is a tuber vegetable that is cultivated a lot in South India. However, it is not a staple vegetable like Potatoes. And because of its sweet taste, it’s been not used so much in main dishes such as curries or fries. Our fond memories of Sweet Potatoes were eating them boiled with sugar sprinkles on the top. Other than that we didn’t see much Sweet Potato action in our homes.

Vada is a very popular snack in South India but there are variations of Vada that are famous elsewhere as well – Vada Pav the most famous (from Maharashtra) and variations in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. But the most famous Vada varieties are from down South India – the Medu Vada and Masala Vada.

Will the Sweet Potato Vada be very sweet?

Our biggest worry when making this Vada was whether it’ll turn out too sweet which is not the taste you want when making a Vada. But surprise, the sweetness is only subtle and there were no problems with the Vada being too soft either.

It’s somewhat like a Masala Vada texture on the outside and a cutlet texture on the inside but not too soft. The best part was the taste – the simple spices that we’ve used blends very well that no one can guess that this was made from sweet potatoes.

Side-dish suggestions to Sweet Potato Vada:

We didnt have any side-dishes for this but can combine this with spicy Chutney recipes like:

You can also use a simple hot and sweet sauce to go with it. Pair this with a Chai and your evening is set :).

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Sweet Potato Vada

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Mash the sweet potatoes (after they are boiled and peeled)

Sweet Potato Vada making

Mash the boiled sweet potatoes by hand. The result should be a even mash without any fibre or clumps. If necessary slightly let the Sweet Potatoes cool to make this job easy.

Add Onions and Green Chillies into this.

Sweet Potato Vada - How to make

Add Onions and Green chillies in it.

Now add in the Garam Masala Powder, Chilli Powder, Corn Flour and the Rice Flour

Sweet Potato Vada making

Corn flour gives the crispiness and helps prevent breaking the Vada. If you wish to not use Corn flour, that’s fine too.

Now finally add in the Coriander leaves

Sweet Potato Vada making

You can also add Dill leaves if you want to give a different aroma.

Mix all these ingredients well with the mash and the flour.

Sweet Potato Vada making

You should have a scrambled dough consistency.

Add in water and start to make it into a dough

Sweet Potato Vada making

Use water in small steps so that you don’t add more water than required. What we’re looking for is a soft, uniform dough.

Pick off a small lemon sized portion from the dough, make a smooth ball and then pat it flat into a small circle

Sweet Potato Vada Making

Use a pinch of Oil here to avoid sticking your hands.

Fry these flattened dough in a Kadai. Add 3-4 Vada dough into the Kadai

Sweet Potato Vada making

Pre-heat the Kadai so that the dough is ready to be fried. Depending on the size of your Kadai limit the number of Vadas you are going to fry. Adding more than what you’re Kadai can take, can result in Vadas sticking to each other or worse, breaking apart.

Fry both sides thoroughly.

Sweet Potato Vada Making

Fry them until they are golden brown.

Set the fried Sweet Potato Vadas in a fresh pan with tissues.

Sweet Potato Vada Making

Let the excess Oil from the Vadas get soaked by the tissues. The ones we madde here didn’t soak much oil so we had to put them in the tissues for only about 3-4 minutes.

Serve hot with Ketchup or Chutney, and watch the Sweet Potato Vadas disappear 🙂

Sweet Potato vada tastes best when eaten hot.

Trust us, this Vada doesnt at all taste sweet. There is a subtle sweetness coming from the Sweet Potato but otherwise it tastes just like those yummy Vadas that you get in street-food shops.

Sweet Potato Vada

Sweet Potato Vada – Indian Snack Recipe

Make this sweet and spicy Vada made from Sweet Potatoes – perfect for a evening snack.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Snacks
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 12 Vadas
Calories 28 kcal


  • Pressure cooker
  • kadai


  • 3 nos Sweet potato Pressure cook for three whistle
  • 1 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1 no green chilli finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Corn Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 cup oil for frying
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • salt as per requirement

How to make:

  • Mash the boiled sweet potatoes.
  • Add onion and green chillies to it.
  • Add rice flour, corn flour, red chilli powder, garam masala powder and salt in the bowl.
  • Add coriander leaves.
  • Mix it well – At this stage the dough would stick together but hte ingredients should be mixed in.
  • Add little water , and start mixing it thoroughly. After a couple of minutes, you should have a soft but firm dough.
  • Take a small portion of the dough and make it as a small ball and pat it slowly.
  • Heat the oil in the kadai and slowly add one by one.
  • turn on the other side till it becomes brown on all sides.
  • Place the vada on the tissue paper to absorb the oil from it.
  • Serve hot with Chutney or a hot sauce.

Nutrition / Calories (Estimate only)

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato Vada – Indian Snack Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 28 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 198mg9%
Potassium 23mg1%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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