Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Vazhaipoo Vadai | Banana Flower Fritters

Vazhaipoo vadai, a crispy and tasty fritters made from the chana dal and banana flower. It is one of the tastiest vadai that i have made so far. 

Whenever i hear about this vadai, i remember the movie "Kandukondein Kandukondein", in this movie, mamooty find Aishwarya Rai family with this vadai taste.

Every time i buy vazhai poo, after making vazhaipoo poriyal, i reserve some just to make this vadai as evening snack for our tea ! It's so flavorful, crispy and delicious with a cup of hot chai !  

Cleaning Vazhaipoo is a tough one and it takes a really long time so i always get help from ST to clean the vazhaipoo. That way i don't feel exhausted while finishing cooking this vadai 

Related: How to make Ginger Cardamom Chai 

Make sure to chop the vazhaipoo finely so that it's easy to make vadai shape. If you can't make vadai then pulse the vazhai poo or the whole mixture(if you mixed the dal and vazhai poo) a couple of time , it will helps to hold the mixture and make vadai. 
Ok, now let's check out on how to make this delicious vazhaipoo vadai.

One delicious meal platter with vazhai poo vadai. In the plate, it has rice with mixed veg sambar, pudalangai poriyal, vendakkai pachadi and vazhaipoo vadai

Vazhaipoo Vadai

Preparation Time : 1 hr | Cooking Time : 20 minsMakes : 10 
Recipe Category: Vadai/Fritters | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Vazhaipoo Vadai, Banana flower fritters, Banana Blossom fritters, Vazhaipoo vada Vazhaipoo vadai, a crispy and tasty fritters made from the chana dal and banana flower..
Banana Flower - 1 cup (chopped)
Channa Dal - 1/2 cup
Fennel seed - 1/2 tsp
Red Chili - 1 or 2 (depends on your taste)
Curry leaves - few
Onion -1 finely chopped
Salt - to taste
Oil - for frying.

Soak channa dal for 1 hr. In the mean time, clean the banana flower, first open the petals and take the florets. In the floret, remove the transparent layer and stamen(one with round head), shown in the pic below. Remove them all the florets.

Check here for detailed guide on how to clean Banana florets/Vazhaipoo

Cut the flowers in to small pieces and the chana dal is soaked well now.
Now take the channa dal in the blender along with chili,fennel seed and salt. Grind into coarse mixture and collect in a bowl.
Add banana flowers, onions & curry leaves into channa dal mixture.Mix it well.
Heat the oil in a kadai for frying.Make small patties from  the mixture and drop it in oil. Cook on both sides in the medium flame.
Tasty, crispy Vazhaipoo Vadai is ready.

Related : How to make Vazhaipoo Kola Urundai 

  •  Cut the flowers just before mixing it with chana dal. It will change to dark color if you keep it long time after cutting.
  • You can pulse the flowers along with chana dal once too instead of mixing it with your hand.


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