Banana Flower Fritters | Vazhapoo Bajji

Banana Flower Fritters | Vazhapoo Bajji

I make these with the flowers in the outer layers of the banana blossom. The blossom gets turned into a stir fry and these get turned into crunchy snacks for tea. There’s no reason to throw away the outer purple layers that you peel off to get to the flowers either, keep them aside to make some delicious coconut chutney.

Banana flowers
Flowers from a freshly plucked banana blossom in Kerala
Banana flower fritter

Banana Flower Fritters | Vazhapoo Bajji

Crispy banana flower fritters made with chickpeas and rice flour.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Indian, Kerala
Servings 4 people


  • 25-30 banana flowers
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas flour besan
  • 2 tbsp rice flour
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder; cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • dash asafoetida 
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup water
  • Coconut oil for frying


  • Add all ingredients except for the flowers and water to a bowl
    Chickpeas flour
  • Sift flour and spices to get rid of lumps.
    Sift flour
  • Make a well and add water.
  • Mix everything together, taste, and adjust spices. In my case, I added a bit more salt and red chili powder.
    Besan batter
  • When you're done mixing, this is the consistency you want for your batter. Now set it aside while you prep the flowers.
  • Here is a video on how to prep the flowers. Open the flower, pull off the hard stem with the bulb on top and the scale or plastic like petal and discard. Get the whole family involved, it's a fun activity to do together while you chat. It's also a great opportunity to teach the kids some botany!
  • Drop the flowers in the batter and gently coat them with the batter.
    Banana flowers in batter
  • Heat 1 – 2 inches of oil in a pan to around 375°F (190°C). Drop some batter to see if the temperature is just right. If it bubbles and floats to the top you are ready to go.
  • Add the batter coated flowers to the oil.
  • When they are golden brown, take them out of the oil and place them on a kitchen towel to drain.
  • Enjoy with a cup of hot chai!
    Banana flower fritter
Keyword Glutenfree, Vegan

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