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Monday, December 28, 2009

Vazhaipoo Vadai (Banana Flower Fritters)

My first attempt of making these vazhaipoo vadais was successful!! :) These are my favorite anytime either as a sidedish for lunch or just having it as a tea time snack.
Vazhaipoo/Plantain Flower Vadai

Vazhaipoo Vadai Recipe
Roughly makes 15 to 20 vadais

Ingredients :

  • Vazhaipoo/Plantain-Flower - 1 medium sized
  • Potukadalai powdered - 4 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1tsp
  • Finely chopped Onion - 1 big sized
  • Chopped coriander leaves - a handful
  • Rice flour - 1 tbsp (optional)
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - for deep frying

For grinding:
  • Channa Dhal - 2 to 3 tbsp tbsp
  • Garlic - 4 pearls
  • Ginger - a small piece
  • Green Chillies - 1
  • Sombu(fennel seeds) - 2 tsp

Vazhaipoo/Plantain Flower Vadai
Clean vazhaipoo and pressure cook for 1 whistle with a cup of water and turmeric powder. Allow it to cool down then grind it to a semi coarse paste in batches, transfer to a mixing bowl. Soak channa dhal for 30mins then grind it with ginger, garlic,green chillies and fennel seeds to a smooth paste as in the 3rd thumbnail pic below. Sprinkle just few drops of water only if needed.

Vazhaipoo/Plantain Flower Vadai

Now in a bowl add chopped onions, coriander leaves, potukadalai powder, rice flour(if you are using, I didnt use it this time but this adds a nice crispness to the vadais) and both the grinded paste(1.vazhaipoo grinded and 2.channa dal with ginger,garlic and fennel) .Do not add water. Mix well and make small patties / vadai shapes and keep aside.

Vazhaipoo/Plantain Flower Vadai

You can also refrigerate the patties for 10mins to avoid the vadais drinking much oil. Then heat oil in a kadai and deep fry them to golden brown.
Vazhaipoo/Plantain Flower Vadai
You Drain it in a tissue paper and then serve. Crispy and yummy vadas ready, Serve hot with chutney or ketchup.

Vazhaipoo/Plantain Flower Vadai

My Notes:
  • You can use the same ingredients and method for senaikelangu/yam vadai(only difference is you dont need to pressure cook it, instead you have to saute it before grinding to a paste) to avoid itching.
  • Make sure that the mix is not too dry then your vadais would be hard. Do not add more potukadalai and rice flour than the above mentioned quantity.
Vazhaipoo/Plantain Flower Vadai


  1. Hi Sharmilee,

    I received your entry. Thanks a lot for sending this lovely dish over. Great click too!!!


  2. Lovely dish dear, please do participate in our home remedies event. Looking forward for your entry.

  3. Looks so perfect,I too make similar way!

    Some times even in deep fry method for me it wont get cooked inside :)

  4. I don't use pottukadalai- yummy:) u make me hungry!

  5. They look perfect and delicious...Hope you had a wonderful X'mas :-)

  6. I luv valapoo vadai..luks yum..

  7. Vadai looks so Great!!

    If you are so Oil conscious, steam the vadai's. but no guarantee of taste:)

  8. Hello sharmilee,

    Mouth watering vadai. It reminds me of a Tamil film Kandukondain kandukondain..... :D
    I just started blogging last month. Do visit my blog when u find time.

  9. I am just coming here from Laayanya and you post the same??..I love these vadas but of course deep fried ..:))

  10. The vadais look fantastic, I am sure they tasted yum !

  11. nice dish, never used plantain flower...

  12. it's my fav. but we never made it at home. my friend used to bring it for lunch... and it tasted heaven. now your post brings back fond memories of school.

  13. OMg..I used have them almost once a week back in India..memory flash back now and looks very delicious..wish I g=could grab a few :)

  14. That looks terrific. I want to have it for next week's family occasion.

  15. I have tried the other version of this (with out grinding the vazhaipoo)earlier. Today I tried this vadai as per your recipe and it was sooooo good!! My husband loved it and it was awesome with kaara chutney!! Thanks for posting the recipe! Well developed website with wonderful recipes and photographs! One of my inspiration!

    Do visit my newly developed blog!


  16. I will try. Should we add green chillies or red. I couldnt find that in ingredients.

  17. Add green chillies along with chana dal and grind it


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