The heavy rains and the chill weather in chennai makes me crave for something crispy and hot.and this recipe which I learnt from my mother is definitely a super hit in my family.yes it is the vazhapoo vadai or banana blossom fritters which I am talking about.even those who don't like vazhaipoo will love this vadai.it is an ideal evening snack with tea or coffee and tastes good with plain hot rice and rasam .
Preparation time :40 mins
Chopped Vazhaipoo or banana blossom -1 cup
Chopped onion-1 no
Asafetida or Hing-1 tsp
Fresh coriander leaves-a small bunch
Roasted gram dal flour or pottu kadalai maavu -1/4 cup
To be grind to a coarse paste:
Toor dal or pigeon pea -1 cup
Gram dal or kadalai paruppu -3 tbsp
Red chilies-4 or 5
Fennel seeds-1 tsp
Curry leaves- a small bunch
1.Soak both the along with red chillies for 30-40 mins.
2.Once it is soaked well and keep the ingredients ready.Drain the water completely from the dals and grind it along with the ingredients given for grinding to a coarse paste.Do not add water .If required sprinkle a few drops.
3.To the ground paste add chopped vazhaipoo,onion,salt,hing,mint and coriander leaves.
4.Then add the pottu kadalai Mavu or roasted gram dal flour to this mixture and mix well.Take a small portion of this mixture and round it to a small ball and press lightly to make vadais.
5. Heat oil in a wok and keep the flame to medium.When the oil is hot ,drop the vadai one by one carefully and fry them till they are golden brown on both sides and drain it in a tissue.
6.Delicious,golden brown and crispy vazhaipoo vadais are ready to be served.
*Do not add water when grinding the dals .If the mixture is too watery then add more gram dal flour to get a firm mixture that can be rolled in to vadais.You can even refrigerate the mixture of its a bit watery .
*To clean and chop banana flower refer:
*Increase or decrease the amount of chillies based on your spice level.