Baked Vazhaipoo / Banana Flower Vadai

Welcome to the 8th day of baking. Baked vadai is not something new. Lot of bloggers has already tried it. But it’s new in my kitchen though. :-) I am using my vadacurry vadai recipe and will be adding vazhaipoo/banana flower to it and bake. Whenever I hear vazhaipoo vadai, the first thing that I remember is the movie kandukondein kandukondein.  Mamooty will find the heroine’s family via this vadai only. Apparently the mom role was played by erstwhile actress Srividya and she prepares this vadai for the restaurant she works. Basically when I try something fried I always try to sneak in vegetables. So this time it is vazhaipoo / banana flower and I thought of making it oil free. Here is the baked version.


Coming to the recipe, vazhaipoo or banana flower has rich fiber content and it huge health benefits. You can read a lot about it here. I totally agree, the cleaning process is tiresome but as per the say, no pain no gain. Here is how you clean it. Here is a short video that was shot by M and thank you M :-)

Baked Vazhaipoo / Banana Flower Vadai -- Diabetes Friendly Thursdays

  • Time: “Soak
  • Difficulty: Medium
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  • Channa dhal (kadalai paruppu) – 1 cup
  • Red chillies – 3
  • Hing – 2 tsp
  • Turmeric – 1 tsp
  • Medium onion – finely chopped
  • Vazhaipoo / Banana flower – 2 cups
  • Saanf / fennel seeds – 1 tbsp
  • Cilantro finely chopped – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – 1.5 tsp
  • Water for soaking the dhal      


  • Soak the dhal and chillies for about 30 minutes.


  • Clean the Vazhaipoo as in the above video.
  • Grind the dhal along with red chillies into a coarse paste.


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degree F.
  • Meanwhile add all the other ingredients, hing, turmeric, chopped onion, chopped vazhaipoo, cilantro, saanf, salt and rice flour to the grinded mixture and mix well.
  • Flatten the vadai and bake it in the preheated oven for 15 minutes and then flip it and then again bake it for 10 minutes or until they are crisp.


That’s it yummy vadai is ready.



42 thoughts on “Baked Vazhaipoo / Banana Flower Vadai

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  2. Crispy and delicious looking vadai. Thanks for the video on cleaning the banana dlower. I’ve never cooked with it, so this will be very helpful :-)

  3. This is our most favorite masala vadais and won’t mind deep fried very nice to know there is a healthier version possible!

  4. usha

    I never cooked with banana flower and that video was helpful in knowing the cleaning process. Vadai look crunchy and yummy

  5. Kalakal ponga, a nice video to show how to remove the stamen….I am yet to bake vadai, love it in oil ;) I have one doubt, how do you choose these flowers? Last time I got one which turned out super bitter and we threw the complete flower.

    • he he Thanks Malar.Me too love it oil but masala vadai should be ok to bake. Ulunthu vadai not yet sure. I just look for the nice purple color. It its too dark I wont buy. Other than that I don’t see anything else pa.

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