There are lots of deep fried snacks in India but Plantain blossom/வாழை பூ / అరటి puvvu fritters (vada/vadai) is a most authentic recipe in south India. The spiciness from the red chilies and dal make this fritters crispy on the outside and soft and delicious on the inside. It can be served as Tea time snack or as a side dish. Most of them don’t buy plantain blossom because it takes a time to clean but once you prepared the recipe it’s really worth it.
Let’s see the procedure,
[recipe title=”Plantain blossom fritters (vada/vadai)” servings=”4-5″ time=”40mins” difficulty=”easy”]
|Chana dal/Split Bengal gram||2 cups|
|Curry leaves||3 sprig|
|Fennel seeds||1 tsp|
|Dry red chilies||7-8 (as per your taste)|
Soak chana dal for 2 hours, while its soaking prepare the blossom. Once you opened the big red petal, you can find the bunch of flowers, inside of each flower there is a white stem thing in the middle remove it and throw it, repeat the process.
when you reached the middle part of the blossom it’s difficult to peel at that time you can fine chop the center part and add the prepared flowers (personally I like to eat as it is) .
Add the prepared blossom in the mixer jar and pulse it till it course. In a small coffee grinder add curry leaves, fennel seeds, dry chili as per your taste and ground into a fine powder, add the powder into the ground blossom mixture and keep it aside.
Now coarsely ground the soaked dal without adding any water, sprinkle little water if needed, add the ground dal, fine chop onions into blossom mixture and add salt.
mix well and make into vada shape and deep fry in hot oil.
Serve it as a tea time snack along with coconut chutney.
Love this vadai. I prepare it exactly the same way too. 🙂 The fennel seeds adds a unique flavor naa.
Hi vidya, some may add ginger / garlic in masala vadai and use the same recipe to the Valaipoo vadai also but I like this simple fennel seeds flavor to it 🙂