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Vazhakkai Vadai / Vazhakkai Kola / Plantain Vada Recipe

Easy recipe for Vahakkai Vadai. Plantain Vadai. Authentic family recipe thats always a hit. With step by step pictures and video.

  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


  • Measurements Used – 1 Cup = 250 ml, 1 teaspoon = 5 ml, 1 tablespoon = 15 ml.

Ingredients for grinding

  • 1/2 cup fresh shredded coconut
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch piece ginger
  • 1 inch piece cinnamon
  • 1 clove
  • 1 cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon khuskhus – white poppy seeds (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 3 green chilli
  • 2 sprig curry leaves
  • 5 stalks coriander leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Other Ingredients

  • 12 Vazhakkai / Raw Banana / Plantain
  • 1/2 cup fried gram / pottu kadalai

For Frying

  • 500 ml Vegetable oil


  1. Take the fried gram dal / pottu kadalai and make it to a fine powder in a small mixie jar / spice grinder.
  2. Steam the plantain in an idli vessel for 10-12 minutes or cook in a pressure cooker for just 1 whistle. Peel the skin and set aside.
  3. Add in all the ingredients listed under grinding into a mixie / blender and grind it to a smooth paste. Add very little water while grinding.
  4. When the mixture is very finely ground, add in the peeled plantains and pulse it a few times. The plantains should get incorporated with the masala mixture.
  5. Remove the mixture from the mixie and add in the fried gram powder. Mix well to combine.
  6. Apply little oil to your hands. Make small 1.5 inch balls with your hands.
  7. Refrigerate the balls for 30 minutes before frying.
  8. Heat oil in a pan in medium heat. Once the oil is hot, fry the balls in low medium flame until golden. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Serve hot.
  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: Tamilnadu, South Indian

Keywords: vazhakkai kola

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