Thursday, November 19, 2009

Vazhapoo Vadai (Banana Blossom Fritters)

As tamilians we consider it as a sin to waste any part of the plaintain tree, from ripe plantains to its stem we make the best use of every part of the tree :) This vada is made everytime we get a harvest from our plaintain tree and its truely worth the pain it takes to make the VADAI. These Vadai's are crispy, spicy and a perfect snack on a cold winter evening.

This is how a Vazhapoo (banana blossom) looks like. The pinkish part of it is not edible and hence its to be discarded. Inside the pink covering is the flowers which should have turned into lovely banana's, these flowers are the edible part.

This is how the flower looks like.

Take each flower remove the hard stamen and the little plastic like thing below it and discard it.

                           The remaining part of the flower has to be washed and finely chopped.
As you keep peeling the flowers layer by layer you will find a white portion, this part is difficult to peel and can be chopped as it is.

Vazha Poo (Banana Blossom) - 1 (Cleaned and chopped)
Chana Dal - 2 cup (Soak for 3hrs)
Green chilli - 3+1 (3 finely chopped)
Ginger - 2" (Finely Chopped)
Garlic - 6 pods (Big, Finely Chopped)
Curry Leaves - 10 (Finely Chopped)
Coriander Leaves - Small bunch (Finely, Chopped)
Onions - 3 (Finely chopped)
Jeera Powder - 1tsp
Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp

Cooking Method
Step 1
Finely Chop : Vazha Poo, Green chilli, Ginger, Garlic, Curry Leaves, Coriander Leaves and Onions.

Step 2
Grind 11/2 cup chana dal with 1 green chilli, jeera powder and asafoetida in to coarse paste. (Reserve 1/2 cup chana dal seperately)

Step 3
In a large mixing bowl, Add all the finely chopped ingredients along with the ground chana dal and 1/2 cup whole dal, Mix it well along with salt.
Set it aside for 20 minutes.

Heat oil in a deep kadai, make small vadai's from the dough and deep fry till golden brown and crisp.

Serve it hot with a hot cup of tea.

Cooking Time : 20 minutes (excluding marination time)
Serves : Makes around 30 vada's (Depending on the size)

1 comment:

  1. vazhapoo vadais look crispy and delicious; i miss those vazhai poo so much here; I get it very rarely; as you've precised, nothing goes waste in a banana tree (that's why most of us have a banana tree in the backyards , back in India); I like even the vazhai poo poriyal :)