Vazhaipoo Vadai - Banana Flower Vada
Vazhaipoo Vada is a delicious South Indian snack prepared with banana flower, lentils and spices. Banana flower or Banana blossom is one of our family’s favorite. It is one of the tastiest and healthiest vada you will make. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
½ cup chana dal (bengal gram)
Water for soaking chana dal
¾ to 1 cup finely chopped banana flower
½ teaspoon fennel seeds
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
1 inch cinnamon
1 medium onion - chopped
½ inch ginger - chopped
1 to 2 green chilies - chopped
8 to 10 curry leaves - chopped
2 to 3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
salt as required
Oil for deep frying, as required
Wash chana dal couple of times and then soak chana dal in water for 2 hours. Then drain all the water very well.
Take the chana dal in a grinder jar. Add fennel, cinnamon and cumin seeds.
Grind to a semi fine paste.
Take the ground chana dal paste in a mixing bowl. Add finely chopped banana flower.
Then add chopped onions, ginger, green chilies, curry leaves and chopped coriander leaves. Also add salt as required.
Mix very well to combine.
Frying Vazhaipoo Vadai:
Heat oil for deep frying in a deep frying pan.
Check a small piece of vada in the oil. If it comes up gradually and steadily, then the oil is hot enough.
Shape the vada into small flat discsandgently place the vadas in the hot oil.
Fry on medium flame till they are crisp and golden.
Remove from oil with a slotted ladle and place on a paper towel to drain excess oil.
Repeat the same process for the rest of the batter.
Serve this hot crispy Vazhaipoo Vadai with coconut chutney.