Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Vazhaipoo vadai/ banana flower vadai

Vazhaipoo alias banana flower, not sure of actual name... I am a great fan of vazhaipoo. I love vazhaipoo kootu and vadai. In India, my mom used to make kootu which tastes heavenly. Vazhai poo vadai will be very crispy and tasty, if u have seen the movie Kandukondean Kandukondean u will know what i am taking about B-)

Once, I found vazhaipoo in Indian grocery shop. I was lucky, coz there was only one left. I grabbed it immediately. It needs some hard work before u get to eat the tasty vadas.. I think its worth it...



1 banana flower
1 small onion
2 cups channa dal
2 cloves
1 tsp fennel seeds
green chillies / red chillies
coriander leaves
salt to taste
oil to deep fry


Soak channa dal for 6 hrs. Peel the outer skin from the banana flower. Remove the small white flowers inside and also remove the long stem inside each flower along with the outer feather. Cut them into small pieces and immediately place them in the turmeric water. Make sure u wear apron or some dark clothes coz vazahipoo will stain ur clothes badly!!!

Add green chillies, cloves, fennel seeds, coriander, salt and channa dal in a mixer jar. grind to a coarse paste. Transfer the contents in a bowl. Add onions and squeezed cut banana flower. Mix well. Make small vadai shapes and deep fry in oil. When vadai becomes golden brown, remove from heat .... serve hot!!!!


Sailaja Damodaran

Looks very crispy & nice click....i just made kootu yesterday.....

Sushma Mallya

Looks crispy, and got a very beautiful colour...lovely click


I too love these vadais...they look crispy and tasty :)


Delicious...It's hard to find fresh vazhappoo here...


Vada looks mouth watering. Never tried cooking with banana flower before, will give this a try. Thanks for sharing.


Crispy vadais looks tremendous!!

Sarah Naveen

vada looks crispy and yummy!!!nice click too

Malar Gandhi

Looks perfect and inviting.


Looks so crispy and delicious... I love this vada very much :)

Soma Pradhan

I hear baout it 1st time...Looks lovely red and crispy....Best for snacks


Colourful and crispy


yummy vada...never tried with banana flower


i made them almost a year back..looking at yours , am reminded to try them again..love them...

Akal's Saappadu

vazhai poo vadai, paakarthukku nallaa muru murunnu irukku Ashwini :)

I saw Kandukonden kandukonden but don't remember the passage about this vadai :)

I love vazha poo too, even in poriyals;

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine

Looks perfect & crispy.

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