Vazhaipoo Vadai (A.k.a) Banana flower vadai is a traditional Chettinad recipe. the mild flavor of fennel seeds along with slight bitterness from the banana flower makes this lip-smacking vadai. The banana flower is full of nutrients. The medicinal value of the banana flower is such that it can regulate insulin levels in the blood. It is a boon for women’s uterus health. Regular consumption provides great benefits to health. It is very rare for me to get vazhaipoo here. But whenever I find them, I quickly grab one. Vazhaipoo poriyal or usli is what I do with this mostly. However, sometimes the flower is so big that it 2could not use them on one go. So I store the rest and make this vazhaipoo vadai. This vadai can be a side dish for the lunch or can be served as an evening snack. The flavor of this vadai is such that we do not need any accompaniment for it when served as a snack.
- You can also grind the fennel seeds along with the vazhaipoo. However, it renders a strong flavor, so I decided to add them as such to the dough.
- Urad dal can also be added along and soaked with channa dal.
- This vadai can also be baked in an oven at 300 F for 25 mins instead of deep-frying.