Vazhaipoo Vadai / Banana Flower Fritters

           Vazhaipoo vadai  as in tamil or banana flower vadai is a tasty south-Indian fritter. This vadai is a  tasty, deep-fried, finger licking savoury snack that goes good as an appetizer or a good snack to munch with a hot cup of tea. This is one of the many recipes my mother taught me.


 1 Medium Size Banana Flower
 5 Tbsp of Roasted Bengal Gram Powder/Pottukadalai
 5-6 Red Chillies
 1/2 Cup of Onion
 1 Tsp of Cumin/Jeera
 1 Tsp of Fennel/Sombu 
 1/2 Tsp of Turmeric
 A Sprig of Curry  Leaves
 1 Tbsp of Coconut Powder
 2 Cloves of Garlic
 1/2 Inch Finely Chopped Ginger


Cleaning the banana flower is a tedious process.

               Banana flower consists of many layers of bract. You can see a bunch of florets under each bracts. First remove the pink layer. Take out the florets found underneath. Remove all the layers one by one till you find the white dome like structure and collect all the florets.In each floret, you can see a string in the middle with a tiny head called stamen and also a small plastic like white cover around it. Both are not edible so trash it.


  Health Benefits of Vazhaipoo Vadai
  • Great source of vitamins A, C and K
  • Excellent  source of fiber.
  • Banana flowers possess antioxidant properties

sending recipe to what is with my cuppa and nupur page


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