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Jan 14, 2011

Vazhaipoo Vadai / Banana flower Lentil Vada

  1. chana dal          1 cup
  2. valaippu/banana flower    1 med size flower(cleaned n chopped finely)
  3. fennel seeds      1 tbsp and 1 tsp
  4. greenchillies      4 no.s
  5. onion        1 med. size onion finely chopped
  6. curry leaves      1 twig (chopped )
  7. ginger          1/2 tsp
  8. coriander leaves  1 tbsp   
  9. oil  for deep frying
  • soak chana dal for 1-2 hrs.
  • clean and finely chop plaintain flower n soak it in buttermilk.
  • grind chanadal ,green chillies and 1 tbsp fennel seeds coarsely(keep some whole chanadal 10-20nos)
  • to the grounded chanadal add(drained and squeezed to remove excess moisture) valaipoo, enough salt , onion, ginger, fennel seeds,soaked whole chanadal,curry leaves and coriander leaves mix it well.
  • heat oil to deep fry, when the oil is hot take a small lemon sized portion of the dough and make it to a round ball and flatten it between the palms and drop it gently into the hot oil.
  • Fry in medium heat, after 1-2 minutes flip other side and once it turn all crisp and brown remove from the oil and drain it in paper towel. 
  • Add 3 or 4 vadas(depend on the size of your kadai or pan) at a time in the hot oil, do not crowd more.


  1. looks tasty!! Thanks for the recipe

  2. Aren't we supposed to squeeze the banana flower before adding it to the vada batter?
    People who don't know may just add it without squeezing it and might find the whole thing too watery. I feel you should mention it here. I like all your recipes, especially the puttus, have to try them out soon.
    You are so talented. Thanks for all the recipes. Do post some vegan recipes of cakes and cookies also.

    1. Yes.,should drain the water/buttermilk completely before adding it to ground chana dal paste. yes.,will mention it clearly. This was my very first post on my blog 4 years ago...need to update. Thank you for all your kinds words. I do have few Vegan cakes,breads,crackers on my blog...check in Baked Goodies Tab or Vegan Label...will try to share more Vegan Baking Recipes.


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