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Vazhai Poo Vadai | Banana Blossom Fritters

Vazhai poo vadai / Banana Blossom Fritters - these fritters are most common in South India. An amazing burger patty making this a great substitute for meat.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine South Indian
Keyword fritters, patties, vadai, vegan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
Author Niveditha


  • Frying Pan
  • Food processor
  • Mixing Bowls


  • 200 g Banana Blossom Florets , pistil removed and cleaned (approx. 1 medium banana flower)
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 4 tbsp Split, roasted Bengal Gram
  • 4 medium Green Chillies
  • 1 tbsp Fennel Seeds
  • 15 Shallots / Pearl Onions
  • 3 sprigs Curry Leaves
  • 1 tsp Salt , or as required
  • Oil , for frying


  • Chop the Banana Blossom Florets roughly. Add to a pan of boiling water and cook for 10 minutes. Drain water.
  • In a food processor, blend together the green chillies and bengal gram.
  • Add the cooked florets, shallots, fennel seeds, salt, and curry leaves to the food processor. Blend to a coarse mixture.
  • Heat oil in a deep frying pan.
  • Make even sized balls from the processed mixture. Flatten the balls to about 1/2 inch height. and shape the edges neatly.
  • Fry them in batches and over low-medium flame until golden brown.
  • Serve immediately.


  • Instead of blending the shallots, you can also chop them up into rough bits and add to the processed mixture.
  • If you want a crispier vadais / fritters, you can flatten them as thinly as they hold.
  • These fritters taste best when immediately served.
  • Make great burger patties.
  • Goes really well with rice and rasam during lunch or can just be eaten during snacktime.