Thursday, March 5, 2015

Banana Flower Adai-Vazhaipoo Adai Recipe

Adai is a traditional South Indian recipe (Tamil Nadu) prepared with mixed lentils. It is high is protein and is quite filling and delicous. Vazhai Poo adai is one of my favorite dish. Every time I buy plantain flower, I keep a little florets aside for making this adai. Try it and I am sure you will love it. Today we will learn how to make plantain flower adai following this easy recipe. 

Banana Flower Adai-Vazhaipoo Adai

Banana Flower Adai-Vazhaipoo Adai

 Prep Time : 10 mins (excluding soaking time)
 Cook Time : approx 5 mins per adai
 Yields: 7-8 Adais
 Recipe CategoryBreakfast-Dinner
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Raw Rice - 1/2 cup
   Parboiled rice (pulungal arisi) -1/2 cup
   Tur Dal -1/2 cup
   Bengal gram/channa dal -1/4 cup
   Urad dal -1 tbsp
   Whole Green gram -1 tbsp
   Green chilli -1
   Red Chilli -2
   Hing - a pinch
   Salt needed

   Onion - 3 medium size
   Plantain flower florets - 1/2 cup chopped (tender ones)
   Grated coconut - 1/3 cup
   Coriander leaves - 3 tbsp finely chopped
   Oil for making adais (sesame seed oil preferable)


Wash and soak all the dal and rice together for 2-3 hours.

Grind it a little coarse with red chillies, green chillies, hing and salt needed. The consistency of the adai batter should neither be thick nor watery, so add water accordingly.  Let is sit for 2-3 hours. Our adai batter is ready.

Finely chop onion, plantain flower (use only tender florets) and coriander leaves.


Before making adai, add the chopped onions, coriander leaves, plantain flower, grated coconut to the batter and mix well. Check for salt.

how to make banana flower adai/vazhaipoo adai

Heat a tawa or an iron griddle, then pour a ladle of batter and spread it in a circular motion. Make 4-5 holes on the adai with the back of the ladle.

Drizzle a tsp of oil around the adai and little oil inside the holes.

Let it cook on medium heat. Once the edges starts browning, flip it over to the other side. Drizzle another tsp of oil. Cook both sides until golden brown.

Remove from tawa and serve hot banana flower adai (vazhaipoo adai) with any side dish of your choice. Repeat the same process for the remaining batter.

Suggested Side Dishes for adai - Chutney, Sambar, Avial, Idli milagai podi, powdered jaggery, milk cream.

Note - Do not add onion or coconut, if you are going to store the batter. Add only before making adais.

You do not have to ferment the batter overnight. Just keep it aside for 2-3 hours.

Useful links

How to clean Vazhaipoo

Traditional South Indian Adai Dosa Recipe

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