Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Vazhaipoo Vadai | Banana Flower Fritters

Vazhaipoo vadai is one of the tastiest vadai i made so far. Whenever i heard about this vadai, i remember the movie "Kandukondein Kandukondein", in this movie, mamooty find Aishwarya Rai family with this Vadai taste. 
Usually i make poriyal with Vazhaipoo, one day , after making poriyal, i left with small amount of it and  i remember about this  vadai , search the recipe online and made few changes to my preference and made this Vadai. From that day onwards, it is the must dish i make whenever i buy Vazhai Poo.

Vazhaipoo Vadai

Preparation Time : 1 hr | Cooking Time : 20 minsMakes : 10 
Recipe Category: Vadai/Fritters | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
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.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.
  •  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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