Banana/Kela Vada

Hey guys! This recipes resembles the famous street food of Maharashtra i.e. Batata Vada with the only difference being this is the Jain version but equally tasty and yummy. Try out this recipe and have the vadas hot, just out of the oil from frying with a cup of tea or coffee on a rainy day. So lets get cooking…


For stuffing:

Raw banana – 5

Ginger paste – 2 tsp

Green chilly paste – 3 chillies (use chillies as per your level of spiciness)

Garam Masala powder (without onion garlic powder) – 1 tbsp

Sugar powder – 2 tsp

Lemon juice – 2 tsp

Coriander leaves (finely chopped) – 1/4 cup

Turmeric/Haldi powder – 1/2 tsp

Kashmiri red chilly powder – 1 tsp

Salt as per taste

For tempering:

Oil – 1 tbsp

Jeera/Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp

Rai/Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp

Curry leaves ( chopped) – a few

Asafoetida/hing – 1/4 tsp

For batter:

Besan/Gram flour – 1 and 1/2 cups

Rawa – 1/4 cup

Salt as per taste

Haldi/Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Red chilly powder – 1/2 tsp

Cooking soda – 1/4 tsp

Water – 1 and 1/2 cups

For the sukha chutney:

Mamari/Besan bhajis (explained in method) – 1 cup

Salt as per taste

Red chilly powder – 1 tbsp

Roasted peanuts powder – 1/4 cup


Oil for deep frying


1) For stuffing:

First boil the raw bananas in pressure cooker. Peel them and mash them immediately while hot or else they become hard and will be difficult to mash. Now add all the ingredients for stuffing and mix it all together. Now keep the oil for tempering to become warm. Once warm add the cumin seeds, mustard seeds, curry leaves and hing and let it all crackle. Add this tempering to the stuffing and mix it all well. Keep aside.

2) For batter:

Mix all the ingredients and form a semi flowy batter. Not too loose or else it will not coat the stuffing.

3) Keep the oil that is to be used for frying for becoming hot. Once hot dip a fork or your fingers in this batter and drop little balls of this batter in the hot oil. This plain batter balls are called mamari. Use this to make the sukha chutney.

4) From the stuffing make balls of desired sixe. Dip these balls in the batter and deep fry then till golden brown from the outside.

5) For the chutney in a grinder add all the ingredients together and grind it to a coarse powder.

6) Serve the vadas hot.

 ‘This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla and sponsored by BakezbyDaizy.‘ 

17 responses to “Banana/Kela Vada”

  1. I know jain paav bhaji. This is new to me but seems tasty. Because Jain Paav bhaji is too tasty. Raw banana vada paav is the unique recipe. Wondering how that banana taste? Surely goes in my trial list. Thank you for the recipe.


  2. These look a lot like aloo bondas. I have never tried making them with raw bananas and will surely try out your recipe. Thank you for sharing it.


  3. I am learning so many new recipes these days and now this one is another addition. Based on the steps and ingredients required I do feel I can make it. I will try this banana Vada for sure and update you . much love


  4. I love the recipes you share. I have had banana fritters but not banana vadas. Thanks for sharing the recipe and for the tip to mash them while hot.


  5. This is some interesting version to the substitute of batata vada, im wondering about how its going to taste. I like the idea though.


  6. Raw banana Vada pav seems to be a new to me, have never heard of it before. But it looks so delicious.


  7. This looks so tempting 😍. This is an enticing version of a batata vada substitute; I’m curious how it will taste. But I like the concept. I will try this banana Vada for sure and update you.


  8. I have Jain friends who replace potato with raw banana in their everyday cooking. It’s tough to make out any change in taste and is just as good. This is yum!


  9. What a coincidence that we’ve got some bananas at home and just this morning, we were wondering if we could make something out of them over eating them just like that


  10. Nice snack for tea time. We make bajjis with raw banana. it has a similar besan batter….but there is no stuffing


  11. My mother used to make koftas and pakodas from raw banana. I will try this one as we consume a lot of raw bananas. This sounds tempting.


  12. I just knew of banana chips, but banana vada is something very new to me. I’m pinning this to try later.


  13. This is a great recipe and though I’m not a fan of Indian food as I’m not into spice but since this isn’t that type, I guess I can give it a try😁 thanks for sharing!


  14. Being a Bengali, banana is an integral part of our cuisine. These vadas sound absolutely delicious 😋


  15. i love Kerala cuisine. Will add this to the list! thanks.


  16. What a wonderful vrat recipe. I love banana in any form and this vada looks so delicious. I am going to try it as soon as possible.


  17. This one is so unusual for me… Will definitely try it at home!


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I am a lawyer by profession but cooking has been my passion and hence my journey began as a home cook. I have been working with vegetarian recipes and post my recipes using simple ingredients and easy methods to follow.


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