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Packed full of various spices, textures, and flavors, this Saffron Rose Dates Sabudana Chaat is a perfect meal to try during the Navaratri Vrat. It’s elevated with saffron, rose, dates, and other ingredients that you typically don’t see in a chaat. It’s a super simple dish that comes together in less than 10 minutes. Aromatics like cilantro, lemon, and black pepper create a very fragrant, slightly tangy, and a little sweet chaat.

Saffron Rose Sabudana Chaat With Dates

This Saffron Rose Sabudana Chaat with Dates is a perfect meal to try during the Navaratri Vrat. It’s tangy-sweet flavor is enhanced with saffron, rose and dates, ingredients that you typically don’t see in a chaat.

Course Appetizer, Chaat, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Keyword traditional
Custom Category Chaat (Indian Street Food)
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 408 kcal
Author Nidhi Bothra


Sabudana Layer:

  • 1 cup sago (sabudana or tapioca pearls)
  • 3/4 cup roasted peanuts , coarsely ground
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 4 curry leaves
  • 2 tsp green chilies
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp rose water
  • 2 tbsp cilantro
  • salt  to taste or use sendha namak for fast

Potato Layer:

  • 2 cup potatoes , finely diced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ghee
  • pinch turmeric powder
  • black pepper  to taste
  • salt  to taste or use sendha namak for fast

Dates Layer:

  • 8-10 dates , finely chopped
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • salt  to taste or use sendha namak for fast


  • 1/4 cup cilantro chutney
  • 10 strands saffron , soaked in 1 tsp water
  • almonds , finely chopped
  • pistachio


  1. Rinse sabudana pearls in cold water, 3-4 times till the water is clear and all starch is rinsed off. Soak them in a wide bowl for 3 to 4 hours, with enough water to just cover them. They will absorb water and double in size. Press them and check that they are not hard from inside. Now drain them completely and spread them on a kitchen towel till they are totally dry.
  2. Heat ghee in a pan, add cumin seeds and curry leaves, and let them splutter. Add green chili and sauté for a minute. Then add sabudana, crushed peanut, sugar, black pepper, salt, lemon juice and cilantro leaves. Mix every thing well. When the sabudana pearls loose their opaqueness and start becoming translucent, they are cooked . It should not take more then 2-3 minutes. Be careful, as over cooking can make them sticky and lumpy. Now, switch off the flame, add in the rose water, and leave the pan covered for 2-3 minutes and then take it out in a bowl.

  3. For the potato layer, heat ghee in a pan. Add boiled potatoes and sauté on medium flame till they are golden brown in color and are crispy. Then add salt, lemon juice and cilantro. Take it out in a bowl.
  4. Now, let’s set the chaat in cups. In the base, add the chopped dates with salt and lemon to emulate a tamarind chutney. Then layer it with the potatoes, followed by the cilantro chutney, and finally the sabudana. Sprinkle it with the saffron water and garnish it with almonds and pistachio.

Recipe Notes

  • There are so many varieties of sabudana available, which need to be soaked for different times, anywhere from 2 hours to overnight. So, you might need to experiment with the sabudana.
  • Try to use thicker variety of sabudana pearls, as they will not stick together. You can also toss them with 1 tsp ghee before cooking to avoid sticking or coat them with some peanut powder to absorb the moisture.
    Make sure sabudana pearls are completely dry by spreading them on a kitchen towel.
  • Use enough ghee for cooking, otherwise sabudana pearls will stick together due to lack of grease.
  • Air Fryer Potato Layer – You can also air fry the potatoes, instead of pan roasting them. Just mix potatoes with 1 tbsp ghee and salt and air fry on 350 degrees for 7-8 minutes (time may vary). When done, add lemon juice and cilantro.
Nutrition Facts
Saffron Rose Sabudana Chaat With Dates
Amount Per Serving
Calories 408 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 107mg5%
Potassium 781mg22%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 9g18%
Calcium 79mg8%
Vitamin C 35mg42%
Vitamin A 65IU1%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.