I love vadai and hate vazhaipoo. So, the right thing to do is to make vazhaipoo vadai. And if it is healthy, what else you need from a snack? Ta da! Here is a recipe for Baked Vazhaipoo vadai. A simple and easy recipe which is healthy and at the same time doesn't compromise on the taste. Most of the time, if you say that a dish is healthy, you would surely have to compromise on taste. But, this is different. You have taste and you can take care of your health.
Here comes the recipe for Baked Vazhaipoo Vadai (Banana Blossom), a healthy twist on the traditional deep fried version.
Vazhaipoo / Banana blossom - 1 - Cleaned
Chana dhal - 1 small cup - Soaked for 2 hrs
Onion - finely chopped - 1 cup
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Cilantro/Coriander leaves - a handful
Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder- 1 tsp
Coriander Powder - 2 tsp
Green chilies- 1 finely chopped
Red chilies - 3
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Salt - to taste
Oil - 1-1/2 tbsp
Preheat the oven to 400 F/200 C.
Line a baking sheet with aluminium foil and spray with oil.
Either steam the cleaned banana blossom until soft or you can cook them in boiling water for 2 to 3 min.
Grind the soaked channa dhal in a blender with red chilies, fennel seeds,cumin and coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt.
Do not add water and grind it to a coarse mixture.
Add the cooled banana blossom to the blender and pulse until everything is combined.
Transfer the mixture to a big mixing bowl and add the onion, green chilli, garlic, chopped cilantro and oil. Mix well.
Take a tablespoon or two size mixture and make balls.
Place over the foil and flatten it.
Place all the balls with 1 inch gap between them.
Bake in oven for 30 to 40 mins, flipping once in between.