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July 22, 2014


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Banana flower vadai
As I mentioned in my Vazhaipoo kuzhambu post, I made vazhipoo vadai for the first time with the tender banana flowers.It was so nice and crispy. Basically we love anything when deep fried. So when I made this Vazhaipoo vadai, Sendhil & Raksha were double happy to have a healthy deep fried snack for their tea time. It was a good change for me from the usual vazhaipoo usili or poriyal & I am happy that I’ve  got yet another yummy banana flower recipe in my list. I got this vazhaipoo vadai recipe from my MIL. I made few changes to make it in an easier way & prepared this vada. Ok, lets see how to make this vazhaipoo vadai easily.

Vazhaipoo vadai recipe

Rava payasam recipe Vazhaipoo vadai - Healthy, yummy snack recipe using Banana flower. 
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Snacks
Serves: 8
Prep time: 3 Hours
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 3H 15M


  • Banana flower/Vazhaipoo – Two handful (approx 40nos) 
  • Chana dal – 1/2 cup
  • Toor dal – 1 tbsp (optional)
  • Red chillies – 3-4 nos
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece
  • Hing/Asafetida – 1/4 tsp
  • Water – As needed
  • Fennel seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Small onions/Big onion – 20 nos / 1 no
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Cooking oil – to deep fry

  • Wash and soak chana dal & toor dal for 3 hours.
  • Wash and clean Vazhaipoo. Remove the stamen part in the flower and keep the flowers immersed in buttermilk till use. No need to chop them.
  • First coarsely grind the banana flowers along with pinched red chillies, hing, ginger , fennel seeds and salt.
vazhaipoo vadai step1
  • Drain the water in the soaked chana dal and grind it without adding water. The water content in vazhaipoo itself is enough to grind.
vazhaipoo vadai step2
  • Take the vada batter in a wide bowl. Finely chop onions,curry leaves & add to the batter. Mix well. Take a lemon sized ball and pat it to make masala vada shape
vazhaipoo vadai step3
  • Heat oil to deep fry. Add a pinch of batter. If it rises immediately,oil is ready. Now drop the vada and deep fry both sides till the onions turn golden brown.
vazhaipoo vadai step4
  • Remove and serve with sauce or coconut chutney !
  • Do not add water while grinding.Soak chana dal for minimum two hours.
  • Adjust the quantity of chillies based on your taste.U can also use green chillies in place of red chillies.
  • Adding soambu/Fennel gives a nice flavor to the vada. U can also skip it if you don’t like.
  • No need to chop the banana flowers as we are grinding it coarsely.
  • The color of vada is generally black.
  • Check out my detailed post on “How to clean Vazhaipoo” with stepwise pictures soon.

Enjoy this crispy vazhaipoo vadai with Ginger Tea or Coffee ! Tastes yum !
Vazhaipoo vadai

Also check out my other vadai recipes

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Ushnish Ghosh said...

Lovely.. Must make it.. I only make dry curry or chop.. This is so new for me

great-secret-of-life said...

my fav.. I do make similar way.. looks so tasty

Unknown said...

I love vazhaipoo vadai a lot :) You have made them just perfect and looks crispy and delicious dear :)

Unknown said...

My hubby favourite vada,at present I have banana flower will sue try tis n mail u the image.

Chitra said...

Thanks everyone. Thanks Swathi. Sure , Try n let me know :)

Unknown said...

Love these vadas, I just add the chopped banana flower pieces to the ground dal, I don't grind it, ideal tea-time snack..

Unknown said...

Crispy and tasty vada with cup of hot tea!

Kurinji said...

vada looks crispy....

Unknown said...

healthy vadai and so crispy

Unknown said...

i do make this same way... love it

Anonymous said...

Crispy and yummy snack.. Love the way you presented in banana leaf

Sona said...

Healthy and crispy vadai, looks delicious..