May 28, 2017

Vaazhaipoo (Banana flower) Vadai

Banana flower is rich in fiber and has many good properties. It is an indispensable part of  Tamil cooking. Though chopping this vegetable is a complicated one it is worth spending time on it. This crispy, delicious and spicy vadai goes very well with hot filter coffee or Masala chai..

  • Pre time: 30 mins
  • Cooking time: 20 mins
  • Serves: 6

Ingredients needed for the Vazhaipoo Vadai:

  • Chopped Banana flowers 2 cups
  • Finely chopped onions 1 cup
  • Finely chopped green chillies 2 tea spoon
  • Bengal gram / Chana dal 2 cups 
  • Thur dhal 1 tb spoons
  • Black gram 2 tea spoons
  • Red Chillies 3
  • Fennel Seeds 1 tea spoon
  • Salt to taste 
  • Oil for frying

Method for preparing the Vazhaipoo Vadai:

Step 1
The individual flowers should be taken out and the top of the flower should be rubbed gently. Then remove the stamen part of the each flower out. Then collect the flowers and chop them finely and put them in buttermilk water. (add 1 tb spoon of buttermilk in water and this prevents the vegetable from becoming black)
Step 2
Soak All the dhals given and red chillies in water for two hours. Drain the water and grind them coarsely with required salt. Add the chopped onions, vazhaipoo, green chillies and curry leaves and mix well.
Step 3
Heat the wok with oil. Make small rounds of the vadai mix and press them gently on the palm and drop into the oil one by one. Fry them to brown on both the sides.

Note: Adding some fennelseeds to the vadai dhal mix and frying gives Chettinad cuisine flavour.