Vazhaipoo Vadai Recipe (Banana Flower Fried Savoury Snack)

Vazhaipoo Vada is a South Indian savoury dish which is an essential element that ought to be present in every South Indian meal.

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Vazhaipoo Vadai Recipe (Banana Flower Fried Savoury Snack)
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Vazhaipoo Vada Recipe (Banana Flower Fried Savoury Snack Recipe) is a fried savoury lentil snack made with a twist by adding chopped banana flower for a unique taste. The vada is made by a combination of two different flower which is the chana dal and toor dal. The fried fritters are then infused with strong Indian spices like the roasted fennel seeds, asafoetida, garlic and ginger.

The vada is the essential element to be present in any south-Indian dishes. It is a traditional combination to eat the masala vada with a sweet element like the payasam in order to balance the taste in the palate.

Using Vazhaipoo in the dish helps to create an healthy component which is also an exotic ingredient used in southern region of India.

Serve your hot crispy Vazhaipoo Vada Recipe (Banana Flower Fried Savoury Snack) with a sweet Semiya Payasam.

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Course: Snack
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

20 M

Cooks in

45 M

Total in

65 M


4 Servings


  • 1/4 cup Chana dal (Bengal Gram Dal)
  • 1/4 cup Arhar dal (Split Toor Dal)
  • 1/2 cup Banana flower (Vazhaipoo) , soaked in buttermilk, chopped
  • 2 Green Chillies , finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Fennel seeds (Saunf) , coarsely pounded
  • 1/4 teaspoon Asafoetida (hing)
  • 1/4 cup Pearl onions (Sambar Onions) , finely chopped
  • 3-4 cloves Garlic , pound
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves , finely chopped
  • 2 sprig Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , finely chopped
  • Salt , to taste
  • Oil , for deep frying

How to make Vazhaipoo Vadai Recipe (Banana Flower Fried Savoury Snack)

  1. We begin Vazhaipoo Vadai Recipe (Banana Flower Fried Savoury Snack Recipe) by soaking the chana dal and toor dal in hot water for half an hour.

  2. Next, we move on to prepping the Banana Flower. Peel the banana flower petals and remove the white small florets inside.

  3. Keep a container with buttermilk ready in order to add the used florets. From each banana floret, the stamen(kaalan) and the thin white coloured cover portions must be removed and should be soaked in the buttermilk.

  4. Once the dal is soaked, drain the water and coarsely grind it in a blender. You should be able to see a few broken pieces of the dal. Keep aside.

  5. Drain the buttermilk from the banana flower and roughly chop it. Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, including the ground dal and the chopped banana flower. Check the taste, adjust the salt if required.

  6. Heat oil for deep frying in a deep frying pan and shape the vada into small flat discs and deep fry until browned and crisp.

  7. Serve your hot crispy Vazhaipoo Vadai Recipe (Banana Flower Fried Savoury Snack) with a sweet Semiya Payasam.