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Vazhaipoo Vadai

suganya V
35 minutes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT Vazhaipoo Vadai RECIPE

Banana flower or banana blossom is one of our family’s favorite. I also add it to adai and drumstick leaves poriyal. Banana flower is known as Vazhaipoo in Tamil. Being an excellent source of fiber, it helps prevent consitpation. It also helps in alleviating menstrual pain.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Medium
  • Festive
  • South Indian
  • Shallow fry
  • Snacks
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. Bengal gram -1/4 cup
  2. Toor dal -1/4 cup
  3. Green chillies -3
  4. Fennel seeds -1 teaspoon
  5. Hing -1/4 teaspoon
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Onion -1 medium size
  8.    Coriander leaves -2 tablespoon finely chopped
  9.    Tender Curry leaves - 4 sprigs


  1. Wash and soak bengal gram dal (channa dal) and tur dal together for 2 hours.
  2. Take tender banana flowers alone, chop it and keep in diluted buttermilk until use to prevent discoloration.
  3. After 2 hours, drain the water completely from the dal, add green chillies, fennel seeds, red chillies, ginger and garlic paste,  salt needed and grind it for 2-3 seconds.
  4. Then add the tender chopped banana flowers (drain all the buttermilk and then add), and grind it coarsely. Do not operate the mixie at a stretch. Grind it for 3-4 seconds, leave a gap of 3 seconds and then grind again. If you grind it at a stretch, it will become a smooth paste which we do not want. The vazhaipoo vada batter should be slightly coarse. Taste the batter to check for salt.
  5. Now add finely chopped onions, 2 tbsp of finely chopped coriander leaves and few tender curry leaves. Mix everything well.
  6. Take a lemon sized ball of the batter, flatten it with your hands and form into a disc.
  7. Heat oil in a kadai (to check if the oil is hot enough, add a little batter, if it raises to the surface immediately, the oil is ready for frying). Once the oil is hot, reduce the temperature to medium. Drop the prepared discs/patties into the oil gently. Fry both sides until brown. Remove from oil  with a slotted ladle and place on a paper towel or colander to drain excess oil. You can fry 4-5 patties depending on the quantity of oil used.
  8. Repeat the same process for the rest of the batter.
  9. Enjoy delicious vazhaipoo vadai with teaor coffee!!

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