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vazhaipoo vadai

Vazhaipoo vadai | Banana flower vada | Aratikaya puvvu vada

Vazhaipoo vadai is a popular Tamilnadu snack made with banana flower, gram dal and spices. Serve the crispy vazhapoo vada with hot tea or chutney or tomato ketchup.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Appetizer, Fried Snacks
Cuisine South Indian, Tamilnadu
Servings 20 vadas
Calories 80 kcal


  • Deep fry pan


To soak & grind:

  • 1 cup Gram dal
  • 1 tsp Fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 4 Red chillies

Vada mixture:

  • 1 cup Vazhaipoo banana flower
  • 1 tbsp Dal soaked
  • ½ cup Onion
  • 1.5 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ginger
  • 1 tsp green chilli
  • Curry leaves
  • Coriander leaves
  • Oil to deep fry



  • Clean banana florets(check above story)and fine chop, keep in salt water.
  • Soak gram dal for two hours with a tsp of fennel seeds, a tsp of cumin seeds, 4 red chillies and a stick of cinnamon bark.


  • After 2 hours, save a tbsp of soaked dal and coarse grind the mixture in a blender. DO NOT ADD WATER and don't make it as a paste. Coarsely ground dal gives crispy Vazhaipoo vadai.
  • In a mixing bowl, take the ground mixture with the saved soaked dal and add 1/2 cup of chopped onions or shallots.
  • Put a tsp of green chillies and a tsp of ginger. Add 1.5tsp of salt, some cut curry leaves and coriander leaves.
  • Next squeeze the water completely from the banana florets and add with the vada mixture.
  • Combine everything properly and make small balls, keep aside.

How to cook vazhapoo vadas:

  • Heat enough oil to deep fry the vadas.
  • Press slightly and make vada shapes. Check the temperature of the oil and slide the vadas slowly. Add vadas in batches and cook at medium high temperature.
  • Do not disturb for a minute atleast until the vadas get cooked on the bottom sides.
  • Flip the vadas and fry the other sides of the vadas for a few minutes until they become crisp and brown.
  • When vadas are deep brown in color drain out the vadas from oil.
  • Serve Vazhaipoo vadai with hot tea or tomato ketchup or chutney of your choice.



1) To get crispy Vazhaipoo vadai, grind the vada batter coarsely. If the batter becomes excessively moist, vadas absorb more oil.
2) You can skip onions if you prefer. But onions give a good taste to the vazhapoo vada.
3) Adjust the salt and chillies quantity based on your taste preference.


Serving: 2vadasCalories: 80kcal
Keyword banana blossom recipes, banana flower vada, vazhaipoo vadai
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