Tuesday, June 12, 2012

VazhaiPoo Vadai / Banana Flower Vadai

I like vahapoo vadai for its flavour and tastes. Usually I buy one small vazhaipoo and make into halves and use for making vadai and paruppu usili. Cleaning vazhaipoo is the time consuming but tell you it’s all worth for its taste, you will also agree with me after you try and taste this yummy vadai.
Vazhai poo has lot of health benefits too, especially for pregnant women.

How to clean Vazhai Poo?

  • Rub your hands with some oil or wear gloves to avoid sticky and your hand turns black when you clean this banana flower.
  • First keep ready with turmeric water which is added with salt.(i.e., a pinch of turmeric + 1/ tsp of salt + 1cup of water).

  • Take off the outer petals and remove the bunch of flowers and keep separately. Remove the stamen part from each flowers and chop the remaining part of florets and soak them in turmeric water until use, to avoid turning black.


  • While adding florets to the vada mixture, drain the water completely.


Vazhai Poo – cleaned and chopped 1cup
Channa dal – 1/2 cup
Toor dal – 1/2 cup
Red chillies – 3nos
Fennel seeds – 1/4 tsp
Garlic – 3pods
Ginger – 1” piece
Onion – 1 finely chopped)+1/2
Asafoetida – 1 tsp
Coriander leaves few finely chopped
Curry leaves few finely chopped
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

  • Wash and soak dal for minimum 2 hours. In a blender add red chilli, onion 1/2, fennel seeds, garlic, ginger with soaked dals and grind coarsely by sprinkling less water.

  • To this mixture now add the chopped vazhaipoo, chopped onions, coriander leaves, curry leaves, asafoetida and salt to taste and mix well.

  • Heat oil in a pan and make a small size vada and drop in oil and cook well in medium flame until crispy and golden brown on both sides.

  • Drain the excess oil in tissue paper and enjoy this hot and tasty vadai.

    • You can also soak the florets in buttermilk mixed with water to avoid decolouration.
    • Grinding the dal mixture coarsely can get crunchier and crispy vada, you also can grind to smooth.
    • While grinding do not add more water.
    • Instead of channa dal you can replace pattani paruppu, it tastes so good.
    • Don’t make big size vada, as it take time to fully cook.


    1. crisp and delicious vada..new recipe for me and loved the tip about cleaning the flower..very helpful!

    2. Gayathri - vadas look delicious, I am putting off getting the banana flowers as they don't fresh. I love the banana flower taste very much.

    3. Even the cleaning part is quite long,i love making this vadas quite often..Yummy crispies.

    4. innovative vada....yummy n crispy snack....

    5. yummy vadas...nice blog...
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    6. very interesting recipe. never tried this way.

    7. Crispy and healthy vada,I like this vada very much....

    8. Vahaipoo vadai looks delicious and crispy. Love it.

    9. Crispy and yummy snack,love it

    10. similar recipe here ...



    11. a nice traditional recipe..looks yumm

    12. Would love to have a vadai now.Looks so delicious.

    13. Never thought of making vadas with this,i used to make cutlet out of it...sounds like a nice snack...

    14. Nice and crisp vadai! looks yum!

    15. Delicious & tempting vadas ...

    16. i love this....vada looks crispy and delicious.

    17. Very crispy n yummy vadas, looks so tempting.

    18. Wow!!! what a crispy vadas!!! so tempting! a unique one for me, and you have explained very nicely and neatly from scratch. Thanks for sharing...bookmarked this one.
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