Monday, December 28, 2009

Vazhaipoo Vadai - Banana Flower Fritters

Vazhaipoo Vadai Recipe

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. This is ammas version of making vazhaipoo vadai, you can check out another version with chana dal like masala vada. I love both versions as I love vazhaipoo in any form.

Vazhaipoo Vadai Recipe 

Vazhaipoo Vadai Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 20 mins | Cooking Time : 5 mins / vadai | Makes : 12
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Cleaned Vazhaipoo (Banana Flower) - 1 medium sized  (1 cup after chopping)
Pottukadalai powdered - 3 tbsp
Onion - 1 big sized finely chopped (1/3 cup finely chopped)
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
Fennel Seeds - 1 tsp powdered
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 2 tsp
Coriander leaves - 2 tsp
Rice flour - 1 tbsp 
Salt - to taste
Oil - for deep frying


  1. Clean vazhaipoo, chop it roughly.Pressure cook for 1 whistle with water till immersing level and turmeric powder. Drain water completely.Allow it to cool down.
    How to make vazhaipoo vadai - Step1
  2. Squeeze the water completely.Then transfer to mixer and grind it to a semi fine paste.How to make vazhaipoo vadai - Step2
  3. Now in a bowl add vazhaipoo paste,chopped onions, fennel seeds powder,coriander leaves, curry leaves,pottukadalai powder, red chilli powder, rice flour. Mix well and make small patties / vadai shapes and keep aside.You can also refrigerate the patties for 10mins to avoid the vadais drinking much oil. How to make maa vathal - Step3
  4. While you shape the vadas, heat the oil in a kadai. Put a small pinch of dough into the oil if it raises immediately then the oil temperature is just perfect.Drop the vadais (may be 2-3 at a  time) in oil and flip both the sides and cook till nicely browned and is crisp.Fry the vadais in medium flame.Drain in tissue paper.How to make vazhaipoo vadai - Step4
Crispy and yummy vadas ready, Serve hot with chutney or ketchup.
Vazhaipoo Vadai Recipe

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.
  • Cook in medium flame else it will not get cooked inside.
  • Drain water completely from vazhaipoo, squeeze to remove excess water.If there is moisture in the dough then the vadais will drink more oil.
  • Also squeeze onion to remove water then add it to the mixing bowl.
  • I fried few vadais for clicking and refrigerated the rest for later use.
  • Grinding vazhaipoo is optional but it will help holding shape else it will start spreading out in oil.
  • Add salt and onion just before frying the vadais else it will leave out water.
Vazhaipoo Vadai Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  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!

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  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

  18. I made this vada. My husband was surprised and loved it. Saved the recipe in my cookbook.


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