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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

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious preparation..inviting me

Anonymous said...

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

Sona said...

Healthy and crispy vadai, looks delicious..