Vazhaipoo Vadai


Authentic Tamilnadu delicacy. Banana flowers combined with Bengal gram and deep fried to make this mouth watering starter.
1 no Banana flower
1 cup Bengal gram
1 no Onion (finely chopped)
2 nos Green chilli
2 tsp Ginger garlic crushed
10 nos Curry leaves
3 stks Coriander leaves (finely chopped)
½ tsp Cumin seeds
½ tsp Fennel seeds
2 pinch Turmeric powder
¼ tsp Asafoetida powder
¼ tsp Salt (or to taste)
3 cup Oil (for deep frying)
2 cup Buttermilk (diluted)






How to clean the banana flower? A tedious and time consuming process, but its all worth it, when it comes down to the final product.

1. Apply oil to both hand to avoid sticking.Take off the purple outer covering and remove the bunch of florets. Repeat the process until you reach the center.

2. Separate each flower from the bunch and remove the stamen. Chop the florets and soak them in buttermilk with a pinch of salt to avoid discoloration.



Flower bunch



Florets with stamen






Florets without stamen



To make the vadai, soak bengal gram for at least a couple of hour. Then wash and drain the water completely with a paper towel, grind coarsely and mix chopped onion, green chillies, ginger garlic, curry leaves, coriander leaves, asafoetida powder, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, chopped flowers (drain all water before adding to Dal) with salt.  Mix everything to form a thick dough. Heat oil and deep fry them in batches. Drain excess oil and serve.





Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Twitter
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Orkut
  • Google Buzz
  • LinkedIn

38 comments to Vazhaipoo Vadai

  • Hi Mullai, I tried it and it was very tasty. Thank you for the pictures and the clear recipe.

  • Jeyashree

    Wow!! I tried it..and it turned out to be incredible :) :) Thanx a lot for the recipe…

  • jkpriyadarshini1984


    Migha migha nandri. Nan vazha poo vadai try panen..nijamave rombo naal irunthuthu! sorry taste le mayangi, i forgot to take snap. Next time, kandipa podren! :) Actually. i wanted to try that cauliflower varuval from ur site..but some how adu thalii pochi and made vazha poo vadai.
    Nandri nandri nandri…

  • saracarrol

    The recipe of Vazhaipoo Vadai is really clear and the pictures have made it easier. I prepared vadai on last weekend dinner….It was so delicious! Everybody liked it… I appreciate your effort to provide such authentic Tamilnadu recipes. Carry on.

  • priyakrish

    Hi Mullai…

    This Vazhai Poo Vadai is my hubby fav.. So thought would make it with the help of ur recipe… But when I was taking out the flower bunch.. I found that except for the first few.. everything else are totally black!! Does this mean its bad?? or can I cook with them?? I have no idea how it should look… I have kept them in butter milk for now…

    Can I make vadai with it? or should I discard them??


    • Mullai

      Priyakrish, I think you meant the opposite, usually the one on the outside will look black like the one shown in my picture. The inner tightly packed flowers will look white or at least pale white. Soak them in buttermilk immediately and then they should be good until you clean or use. Sometimes storing them in fridge for long time will make the whole flower go bad, so always cook as soon as you get from the market. Soaking and storing in fridge will last for couple of days, also will look slightly dark… not too dark but will look with brown tinge here and there. Its ok to use them but if its too dark , then throw them away.

  • sridhevi

    Hi Mullai,

    I need your help. My friends r coming over to dinner this saturday(16th). But they dont eat dishes that r made with onions and garlic. I dont know any dishes like that. Any suggestions? I need a variety rice and a gravey for a chapathi.Awaiting ur reply.

    • Mullai

      You have very few choices, as onion and garlic is a must for most of the dishes. All i think of is plain dal and salad. Anyway.. for chapati try Dal Makhani, Baingan Bharta (follow the recipe avoiding onion and garlic, include ginger and add an extra tomato), Paneer Jalfrezi , simple Toor dal tempered (Thalitha paruppu), Carrot Cucumber raita and Gutti Vankaya koora. Exclude onion and garlic and proceed with the recipe.

      For rice all I can think is vegetable fried rice excluding garlic and onion, lemon rice, tamarind rice, curd rice.

      My choice — Tamarind or Lemon rice with simple potato curry. Chapati with mixed vegetable avial or tomato channa masala and raita.



  • Jas

    Hi Ms.Mullai,

    We are in California. I haven’t found these banana flowers here. Are there any other names for it here in US? In what type of stores do you get this product? Please brief it as it is very good for health and tempting too. Thanks.

  • teddy12y

    hey…looks gud……will try it soon

  • white

    hi,vazhapoo vadi is very nice, all u r recipe picture was soo good

  • rajeswarpj

    thank u mullai. today i’m going to prepare that vadai

  • Rajii

    hi mullai,
    dont we have to boil the banana flower before adding to the dal when making vazhaipoo vadai?

  • Ragini D


    Your vazhapoo vadai recipe is great! Do you have an authentic recipe
    for garlic pickle,Chettinaad Style, ? Kindly provide.


    Ragini D

  • Visitor

    Your vazhapoo vadai recipe is great! I would like an authentic
    garlic pickle receipe! Kindly provide if you have.Thanks.

    Ragini D

  • Visitor

    Hi mulli,

    Where u get vazhaipoo in US.

    • Mullai

      Check your local farmers market, you might get lucky. I got mine from a local Vegetable market. Chinese and Indian grocery stores carry once one a while.

  • RajiHari


    Tried you recipe and came out good. Thanks.

  • c_saratha


    tried your recipe today..did really excellent.. appreciate your efforts to post pictures for easy understanding

  • Hi Mullai,
    First time in your Site and found so many lovely recipes. I tried preparing Vazapoo poriyal or ussili but it became so bitter that I had to throw it all off. what might have been the mistake? I did take out the inedible part.

  • Visitor

    I made Vazhai Poo vadai today. Turned out good. Thanks

  • Visitor

    this recipe is kool.i really appreciate your effort to show it with pictures.excellant work!!!

  • Visitor

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipe, It was big hit in our house.


  • Visitor

    this is the best recipe for valaipoo vadai for beginners lovely pictures. could u please give the recipe for sambhar powder, coriander, turmeric n chilli powders if possible. that would b a gr8 help.

    • Mullai

      Thank you very much. May I know who you are? Recipe requests are for registered users only. Moreover what do you mean by recipe for Turmeric power? Please clarify before this comment gets deleted.

      • Visitor

        hi am lakshmi how should i get registered. sorry that is turmeric powder (do u dry the fresh turmeric then grind them )

        • Mullai

          Lakshmi….. i just go with store bought turmeric powder. You get fresh ones only in India. Registration is simple, you will find it on the homepage, on right hand side(top corner), just fill in the details, you will recieve an email for activation.

          • lakshmi

            i already got registered. thank u. do u make ur own sambhar powder? if so pls post the recipe. am fed up with store bought masalas n wan everything freshly ground.

          • Mullai

            Normally I get them from India.  My MIL use to make them. Once in a while i use store bought powder, MTR brand is really good. It might take sometime for me to post the recipe with photo.

  • Visitor

    This is an awesome recipe…i love all your recipes…
    everyone one of them that I have tried so far have been a big Hit!! :-) ) Keep posting more!

  • Noorjahan

    Vadi was really good….thanks for ur wonderful recipies.Good quality picture is adding more temptation to cook.

  • Rani

    vazhapoo vadai came soo good..thanks! never knew how wash vazhapoo and u picture was soo good described so well that i made it last week.

Leave a Reply





You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

January 2015
« Dec