Valacha Bhirda

Popular Maharashtrian dish made with sprouted fava beans. This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

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Valacha Bhirda

Main Ingredients Sprouted field beans (vaal), Scraped coconut
Cuisine Maharashtrian
Course Main Course Vegetarian
Prep Time 6-10 minutes
Cook time 16-20 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Spicy
Level of Cooking Easy
Others Veg

Ingredients list for Valacha Bhirda

  • 2 cups Sprouted field beans (vaal) peeled
  • ½ cup Scraped coconut fresh
  • 1½ teaspoons Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 2 Green chillies chopped
  • ½ teaspoon Asafoetida
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 6-7 Curry leaves
  • 2 medium Onions finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon Garam masala powder
  • to taste Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Jaggery (gur) grated
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper powder
  • for garnishing Fresh coriander leaves chopped


  1. Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add mustard seed and let them splutter.
  2. Add green chillies, asafoetida, turmeric powder and curry leaves and sauté for ½ minute.
  3. Add onions and sauté for 1 minute or till they turn translucent.
  4. Add fava beans and mix well. Add red chilli powder and mix well. Add garam masala powder and mix well.
  5. Add ½ cup water, stir to mix, cover and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Add salt, mix well, cover and cook for 1 minute.
  6. Add coconut, jaggery, pepper powder and mix well. Cover and cook for 2 minutes.
  7. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.