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Banana flower fritter

Banana Flower Fritters | Vazhapoo Bajji

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

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.
    Batter
  • 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.
    Fritters
  • When they are golden brown, take them out of the oil and place them on a kitchen towel to drain.
    Fritters
  • Enjoy with a cup of hot chai!
    Banana flower fritter
Keyword Glutenfree, Vegan