Monday, August 10, 2015

Posted by Mala at 2:00:00 AM 2 comments
Banana blossoms, called Vazahippoo in Tamil and Kelphool in Hindi, has so many health benefits.It wards off infections, is very good for women, is a rich source of minerals and vitamins, reduces anxiety and boosts activity, helps nursing mothers, but the cleaning and cutting of Banana flowers, is quite a laborious process, and fearing this, many avoid Banana flowers.
This is a unique snack variety, which contains lot of Banana blossoms and proves to be not only a healthy but tasty snack too.

Ingredients for grinding
Channa dhal - 1/2 cup
Tur dhal - 1/2 cup
Red chillies - 2
Salt to taste
Hing powder - 1/4 tsp
Oil for frying the vadas

To be mixed after grinding the dhals
Finely chopped Banana blossoms - 1 cup
Finely chopped Pearl onions - 8
Finely chopped ginger - a small piece
Slit and deseeded green chillies - 3
Chopped coriander leaves - handful
Curry leaves - few
Ghee - 1 tsp

Recipe Cuisine: South Indian; Category: Snacks
Prep time: 30mts; Cooking time: 20mts

Yields 20 vadas

Dhals to be soaked for 2 hours, completely drained, and ground with the ingredients mentioned above

The ground batter, to be refrigerated for minimum 1 hour, for getting crisper vadas

Banana blossoms to be cleaned

The thick, red stamen like things to be removed, they are not good for stomach. And, any sharpest knife also cannot cut them!!!

                        All the ingredients for adding to the batter , mentioned above added to it.

Knead the batter with all the ingredients, add 1 tsp ghee. Adding ghee is another secret for getting cirsper vadas. (This I learnt from a cook when he made for a wedding)

Make small balls and keep them ready.

                                               Wipe palm with water, take a ball and flatten. My grandson is posing!!!

Deep fry in oil, take and keep on kitchen towels to absorb  excess oil, if any.

                               Serve with any favourite chutney. Is ideal as a snack, ideal to be served with lunch                                during Feast Menu.(Virundhu saappadu)


  1. The flavor of the vadas hit me as soon as I read your recipe Mala. This is a unique snack indeed! The colorful display and the descriptive narration enhances the essence of the dish.(V)


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