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Chettinad Vazhaipoo Vadai | Plantain Flower Banana Flower Vada | Lunch Side dish


Banana Flower Vadai or Vazhaipoo Vadai is one of the popular delicious Chettinad Recipe which tastes hot and spicy and tastes yummy in rainy days. This vadai is prepared using Plantain flower, toor dal and Chana dal. Vazhaipoo is very rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Helps to relieve constipation and also reduces menstrual bleeding. It is good for diabetic people and also for lactating women. Here I have given you the simple method of preparing this Vazhaipoo vadai in Chettinad style.

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Chettinad Vazhaipoo Vadai | Plantain Flower / Banana Flower Vada | Lunch Side dish

Ingredients needed for making Chettinad Vazhaipoo Vadai

  •  Bengal gram/channa dal/kadalai paruppu -1/2 cup
  • Toor dal - 1 tbsp.
  •  Vazhaipoo / Banana flower - 1 cup 
  •  Green chillies -3
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp.
  •  Red chillies - 1
  •  Garlic - 6 
  •  Ginger - 1/2 inch
  •   Fennel seeds/sombu/saunf -1 tsp
  •   Hing -1/4 tsp
  •   Salt needed
  •   Onion -1 medium size
  •   Coriander leaves -2 tbsp. finely chopped
  •   Oil for frying 

Method for making Chettinad Vazhaipoo Vadai

1. Soak the chana dal and toor dal for 3hours. Drain the water and keep aside.

2. Remove the outer petal of vazhaipoo. Separate the stamen and outer cover from the florets and chop the vazhaipoo into fine pieces and soak in butter milk till use. You can also cook the banana flower till soft.

3. Grind the fennel seeds, ginger, garlic, coriander leaves, green chilies and red chilies into a paste.

4. Now add the soaked dals and cumin to the above mixture and grind to a bit coarse paste. You can just sprinkle water when needed.

5. Boil water in a wide vessel add the chopped banana flowers and allow it to boil for 1 to 2 minutes. Switch off the flame drain the water and then add this to the dal mixture in the mixer and just give a grind for a minute.

6. Transfer the mixture to a vessel add chopped onions and curry leaves, mix everything well and make medium sized balls from it.

6. Heat the oil for deep frying, take a ball, flatten them with your palm.

7. Drop them to the hot oil and fry until they turn crispy and golden brown.

Vazhaipoo Vada is ready to be served as lunch side dish or as evening snack.

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