Apr 25, 2012

Vazappoo Vadai / Banana Flower Vadai

Vazappoo - Banana flower one of the special and full of vital nutrients especially for females. It has the healing properties. Helps to clean up stomach. Helps to clean blood.
It's been ages that people of southern India have been making various delicacies from this flower.
One of the most preferred delicacy made from this flower is VADAI.
It's the most authentic snack recipe of Tamilnadu.
But, its also a pain taking task to clean up the flower bunch and finely chop of the buds.
I wanted to share the step by step process of cleaning process but, unfortunately i forgot to take the snaps. Hence, searched for a correct video which explains to clean the flower and guess what a beautiful video. Thought to share it with you How to clean banana flower?  thanks to http://chakali.blogspot.com/

Wanted to add few more steps to the video above.
1.During the process of cleaning up the flower apply oil on to the hand and proceed as your hand tend to turn black.
2.The black marks do not go that easily.
3.Once you pluck the flower keep them in water.
4.As you start chopping them put them into buttermilk in order to avoid DE-colouring of the flower to black.

Now moving on to the steps to prepare vadai's after you know how to clean the flower.

No.of vadai's can be made - 25
Banana flower / Vazappoo - 1
Channa dal / Kadala parupu - 1 medium size cup
White or Red onion - 2
Green chilly - 2
Ginger - 1 tps chopped (avoid if you dont preferred)
Curry leaves - 15-20
Rice flour/Arici mav/Chawal ka atta - 3tbs
Red chilly - 2
Oil - Enough to deep fry.
Water - 3cups
Buttermilk - 1/2cup
Salt - 1- 1 1/2 tbs (Depending on your taste)
Asafatida - 1tps

1. Soak channa dal in 1 cup water for 3-4 hours.
2. Finely chop of the banana flower and put them into 2 cups of water and 1/2cup buttermilk liquid.

3. Finely, chop of onions, green chilly, ginger, curry leaves.
4. Take out the channa dal after 4hrs. Drain the excess water. Grind them along with red chilly into paste.
5. Keep 1 tbs of channa dal soaked without grinding.
6. Put the ground the paste into a bowl.
7. Add onions, green chilly, ginger, curry leaves, asafatida, ground paste, channa dal- 1tbs which were kept aside from the soaked one's before grinding them to paste.
8. Drain and squeeze excess water from chopped vazappoo.
9. Put them on to the onion mixture.
10. Add salt and mix them well.
11. In order to bind them well add rice flour and mix well.
12. Meanwhile, heat oil to fry the vadai's.
13. Make sure that the oil is hot enough to fry the vadai's
14. Make medium sized balls and flatten them up with 1/2inch thickens by tapping them with your fingers on to your palm.
15. Make sure that the vadai batter is not too hard nor too liquid.
16. It has to have enough dampness to make vadai shape as well as soft.

17. Once the oil gets hot make balls from the batter and flatten them and drop from side walls of the pan to the centre of the oil pan.
18. Never make balls before the oil gets heated up the water would start leaving from the batter.
19. Lower the heat while you drop the vadai's slowly raise the heat.
20. Fry them in medium flame.

21. Once the bottom side of the vadai leaves the pan turn other side.
22. Fry them till they turn golden brown.
23. Press them gently so that they cook well.
24. Once, they are done drain them on to tissue paper.t

Serve hot with pudina chutney or coconut chutney.



  1. NargisshaikfareedMay 4, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Easy instructions to follow:)
    Thank u

  2. Anytime Nargis.. Your comments are also welcome on my fb page