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29 January, 2014

Vaazhaipoo adai (Plantain flower pancakes)

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A southern Indian delicacy I have relished in childhood and always crave for. Whenever I find fresh plantain flower in the Indian store, I jump for joy. This is my mom’s recipe for a filling pancake packed with protein from lentils and all the benefits of the plantain flower.

The layers of a plantain flower or vaazhaipoo are unraveled and the edible portion is taken out by hand and the stamen or “toxic” part is discarded. This is a slightly messy job, but rewarding at the end!


Shankari of Strawberry Lentils has described in detail in the following post, how to cut open a plantain flower. It also has a very appetizing curry recipe.


For using in the pancake or adai, the edible parts of the flower are finely chopped:


Now, for the adai:

Preparation time: 2 hours to soak and 40 minutes to make the pancakes. This makes 15-20 depending on the size of each.


Parboiled rice or idly rice- 1 cup

toor dal (split pigeon peas)- 1/3 cup

urad dal (black gram )- 1/3 cup

chana dal (split Bengal gram)- 1/3 cup

red chilies- 2 (red chili flakes can be used)

asafoetida powder- 1/4 tsp.

turmeric powder-  a pinch

salt- to taste

oil- about 1 tbsp. for each adai/pancake


* Wash and soak rice and mixture of lentils separately in water for 2 hours.

* Grind in a blender, rice, separately into a fine batter.

* Grind the soaked lentils in the blender with chillies. This doesn’t have to be finely ground.

* Combine with rice, add salt, turmeric powder and asafoetida. This batter can be stored in the refrigerator. Add chopped plantain flower just before making the pancakes.


* Heat a griddle and smear with 1/4 tsp. oil. Add a ladle of batter and spread into a circle; make a small hole in the center. Add oil around it and in the center, allow to turn light brown. Flip and repeat.


* Serve warm with your favorite Indian pickle or chutney.



9 thoughts on : Vaazhaipoo adai (Plantain flower pancakes)

    • January 30, 2014 at 10:20 am

      do try it, Aruna. It is good.

  • February 5, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Thank for the link up. I have never eaten vazhaipp adai…looks yummy. Will try it next time 🙂

    • February 5, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      Glad to link to a great post of yours! thank you for visiting.

  • April 6, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Looks absolutely amazing! I have eaten banana flowers in various forms, mostly as a side dish but never as a pancake!

    • April 7, 2014 at 7:25 am

      thanks, Shatarupa! I hope you like this one too.

  • May 24, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    I have honestly never used plantain flour in this way but love the idea! Does it taste sweet? X

    • May 24, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      thanks, Deena. The adai made from the plantain flower is savory, with the addition of a red chilly. The flower itself has no particular taste, just like a vegetable. xo

  • February 1, 2020 at 12:07 am

    Vazahaipoo adai!! Sounds interesting!!
    I will try this soon to make it out.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.

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