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vazhaipoo vada recipe -  these are crisp and yet soft tasting vadas made with banana flower and chana dal.

4.75 from 4 votes
total time:
210minutes

banana flower vada recipe with step by step pics. these are crisp and yet soft tasting vadas made with banana flower and chana dal. banana flower vada is a delicacy from south india and there are a few versions of it being made there. i am sharing the recipe which i make at home at times. in tamil language banana flower vada is also called as vazhaipoo vadai.

banana flower vada recipe

to make banana flower vada, you will need cleaned and chopped banana flower. cleaning banana flower takes time. so you can prep it some hours or a day before you make the vadas.

i have shared the complete method of cleaning and chopping banana flowers. you can check the detailed post with step by step pics here – how to clean banana flower. banana flower is very healthy and there are many recipes you can make with them.

serve banana flower vadas with coconut chutney or coriander chutney or mint chutney. these crispy vadas also goes well with tomato ketchup.

if you are looking for more vada recipes then do check

vazhaipoo vadai recipe below:

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banana flower vada recipe

vazhaipoo vada recipe -  these are crisp and yet soft tasting vadas made with banana flower and chana dal.
course breakfasts, snacks
cuisine south indian, tamil nadu
prep time 3 hours 10 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
total time 3 hours 30 minutes
servings 4
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • ½ cup chana dal (bengal gram)
  • enough water for soaking chana dal
  • ¾ to 1 cup finely chopped banana flower
  • 1 inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • ½ teaspoon fennel (saunf)
  • ¼ teaspoon whole black pepper (sabut kali mirch)
  • 1 medium onion - chopped or ⅓ cup chopped onion or 50 to 60 grams onion
  • ½ inch ginger - chopped
  • 1 to 2 green chilies - chopped
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves - chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
  • salt as required
  • oil for deep frying, as required

how to make banana flower vada recipe

making banana flower vada mixture:

  1. rinse a couple of times and then soak chana dal in enough water for 2 hours. then drain all the water very well.

  2. take the chana dal in a grinder jar. add 1 inch cinnamon, ½ teaspoon fennel and ¼ teaspoon black pepper.

  3. grind to a semi fine paste.

  4. take the ground chana dal paste in a mixing bowl. add ¾ to 1 cup finely chopped banana flower.

  5. then add ⅓ cup chopped onion, ½ inch ginger (chopped), 1 to 2 green chilies (chopped), 8 to 10 curry leaves (chopped) and 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves. also add salt as required.

  6. mix very well.

  7. shape into vadas or patties.

frying banana flower vada:

  1. heat oil for deep frying in a kadai.

  2. check a small piece of vada in the oil. if it comes up gradually and steadily, then the oil is hot enough. gently place the vadas in the hot oil. 

  3. fry on medium flame till the vazhaipoo vadas are crisp and golden. 

  4. once the vadas become golden, then remove with a slotted spoon.

  5. place vazhaipoo vadas on kitchen paper towels. this way fry the remaining vadas.

  6. serve banana flower vada hot or warm with coconut chutney or any sauce or dip of your choice.

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how to make banana flower vada recipe:

1. rinse a couple of times and then soak ½ cup chana dal in enough water for 2 hours. then drain all the water very well.

making banana flower vada recipe

2. take the chana dal in a grinder jar. add 1 inch cinnamon, ½ teaspoon fennel and ¼ teaspoon whole black pepper.

making banana flower vada recipe

3. grind to a semi fine paste. some whole chana dal should be there in the mixture. i have not added any water, while grinding. if you add water, then it becomes difficult to shape the vadas. if you are not able to grind at all, then add 1 to 2 tablespoons water and then grind.

making banana flower vada recipe

4. take the ground chana dal paste in a mixing bowl. add ¾ to 1 cup finely chopped banana flower.

making banana flower vada recipe

5. then add ⅓ cup chopped onion, ½ inch ginger (chopped), 1 to 2 green chilies (chopped), 8 to 10 curry leaves (chopped) and 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves. also add salt as required.

making banana flower vada recipe

6. mix very well.

making vazhaipoo vada recipe

7. shape into vadas or patties.

making vazhaipoo vada recipe

8. heat oil for deep frying in a kadai. check a small piece of vada in the oil. if it comes up gradually and steadily, then the oil is hot enough. gently place the vadas in the hot oil. fry on medium flame.

making banana flower vada recipe

9. add as much vadas as depending on the size of kadai. do not overcrowd kadai.

making banana flower vada recipe

10. when one side is golden and crisp, turn over and fry the second side. then fry the second side till golden. turn over a couple of times if you want.

making banana flower vada recipe

11. once the vazhaipoo vadais become golden, remove with a slotted spoon.

making banana flower vada recipe

12. place vazhaipoo vadas on kitchen paper towels. this way fry the remaining vadas.

making banana flower vada recipe

13. serve banana flower vada hot or warm with coconut chutney or any sauce or dip of your choice.

vazhaipoo vada recipe

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. I love your recipes,they are great.

    • thanks zane

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