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Vazhaipoo Vadai | Lentil Fritters with Banana Flower

Vazhaipoo Vadai is one of the most delicious vadai made with lentils and banana flower. Banana flower has many health benefits and also very flavorful and it adds a lovely flavor to this vadai.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Soaking time2 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 25 Vadais
Calories: 84kcal


  • Blender


  • 1 ½ cup Vazhaipoo / Banana flowers Cleaned and chopped
  • 1 tbsp Yogurt Diluted in about 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup Kadalai paruppu / chana dal
  • ¼ cup Thuvaram paruppu / Tuvar dal
  • 2 tbsp Pottu Kadalai / Roasted gram
  • 4 Red chilies
  • 2 Green chilies
  • 1 ½ tsp Fennel seeds Crushed slightly
  • 1 Onion Chopped finely
  • ⅛th tsp Perungayam / Asafetida
  • to taste Salt
  • few Curry leaves
  • a handful Cilantro Chopped
  • to deep fry Oil


  • Wash and soak the lentils in water for about 2 hours.
  • Clean and remove the flowers from the stalk. You can refer to my post here on how to clean and remove the flowers. Chop them into fine pieces and keep them immersed in diluted buttermilk until ready to use. To make the diluted buttermilk, mix the yogurt in about 3 cups of water and use.
  • In a food processor, add the soaked and drained lentils, green chilies, red chilies, salt, and asafetida, and pulse a few times to make a coarse paste.
  • Now add the chopped vazhaipoo (drain well before adding), onion, cilantro, and fennel seeds, and pulse a couple of times to combine.
  • Remove the vadai batter in a bowl and add the curry leaves. Mix well.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil to deep fry the vadais. Make small balls out of the batter and flatten it slightly. Gently slide it into hot oil and fry until golden brown. Do not have the flame too high as the vadai will become too dark on the outside and the inside will remain raw.
  • Drain them on a paper towel-lined bowl and serve hot with chutney or sauce.


Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 69IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 9mg