Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Vazhaipoo Vadai Recipe - Vazhaipoo Recipes

Vazhaipoo Vadai Recipe

Vazhaipoo vadai is my favourite or let me put it this way, I love anything made with vazhaipoo. Amma makes vazhaipoo vadai in a different way which I have posted earlier but I wanted to try it like our masala vada. I had vada paruppu which my friend gave me so I tried the vadai last month with it and it turned out super crispy and yummy.

I usually make vazhaipoo poriyal but make vazhaipoo vadai occasionally.If you are trying to introduce the veggie to kids then you can try this vadai am sure they will love it as its crispy.Mittu likes ammas version more as its smooth inside and its easy to bite and eat, Oh yeah I have a lazy little one you see :)

Vazhaipoo Vadai Recipe 

Vazhaipoo Vadai Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 2 hrs | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Makes : 12
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Vazhaipoo(Banana Flower)  Cleaned- 1 and 1/2 cups chopped
Channa dal - 3/4 cup
Onion - 1/3 cup finely chopped
Fennel Seeds powder - 1 tsp
Rice Flour - 1 tbsp
Dry Red Chillies - 2
Curry Leaves - 1 tbsp torn
Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp chopped finely
Salt - to taste


  1. Clean vazhaipoo and chop it fine.Soak chana dal in water till immersing level for 1 hour atleast.While you do other works, keep chopped vazhaipoo immersed in water + a tbsp of buttermilk just to avoid borwning.
    How to make vazhaipoo vadai - Step1
  2. Drain water, Then add chana dal and redchillies in a mixer and grind it coarsely.Drain water completely, just squeeze and remove excess water from vazhaipoo and just give a quick grind for vazhaipoo(just one or two pulse) and add it together in a mixing bowl.How to make vazhaipoo vadai - Step2
  3. In a mixing bowl : add vazhaipoo,chana dal, onion,curry leaves,fennel seeds powder,rice flour and required salt.Mix well to form a dough consistency.Shape them into medium sized patties/vadas.How to make maa vathal - Step3
  4. While you shape the vadas, heat the oil. 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 its crisp.fry the vadais in medium flame.Drain in tissue paper.How to make vazhaipoo vadai - Step4
Serve hot with coffee / tea!
Vazhaipoo Vadai Recipe

My Notes:

  • I had fennel seeds powdered ready so I used that. If you are using fennel seeds, then add it along with chana dal and red chillies for grinding.
  • I used vada paruppu instead of chana dal as I had it in hand. If you are getting vada paruppu in your place dont miss to try it for vadais, it sure makes a difference.
  • 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.Also coarse texture gives crispy vadais so grind chana dal also coarsely.Also dont grind raw vazhaipoo smooth as it might turn bitter when its cooked.
  • Add salt and onion just before frying the vadais else it will leave out water.
Vazhaipoo Vadai Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Wow....tempting vadai..crispy and it :-)

  2. My all time favorite. Tempting clicks

  3. i love vazhaipoo .where u bought the coffee mug sharmi

    1. I got it from Kannan Departmental Stores long back

  4. lovely click sharmi seriously tempting

  5. Hi Sharmis. Would like to know some tips to avoid the bitterness when using vaazhai poo.
    Thank you for all your traditional recipies presented to us passionately. Love your cooking.

  6. Its been long time since I add tis.. Ur pics make me drool

  7. Hi sharmi, can you suggest how to select a vazhai poo? Most of the time it turns out to be bitter.

  8. The picture perfect vadai. Too tempting that I would have to make this weekend:):)

  9. @Indu, @Shanthini : You can soak it in buttermilk to avoid bitterness, other that its the vazhaipoo variety...the ones we get here is mostly good

  10. Yummy feel like trying it right now

  11. Sharmi Mam..
    Just now, my wife prepared vaalaipoo vadai with your easy recipe..
    It's very yummy
    (especially on this rainy day)..
    Thanks a lot mam..

  12. Hi Sharmi
    Can you please tell how to avoid broken vadais.
    On kept in oil it breaks.

    1. Dont make it too coarse, it should hold together easily


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