How to make Valacha Birda -

A traditional Maharashtrian dish, it is often cooked on special occasion

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sanjeev Kapoor Kitchen.

Main Ingredients : Sprouted val, Cumin seeds (जीरा)

Cuisine : Maharashtrian

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

You can also find more Main Course Vegetarian recipes like Vegetable Jhalfraezi Jain Dum Raw Banana Mushroom Babycorn Curry Tamatar Ka Dulma

Valacha Birda

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The Maharashtrian hospitality is legendary. The cuisine has subtle variety and strong flavours and varies from region to region. In ancient times in the more affluent homes, feasts often started at mid-day and ended when the sun set! The presentation of food was alluring with a practice to sing sacred verses to dedicate the meal to God.
Maharashtrian cuisine covers a wide range from being extremely mild to very spicy dishes. Wheat, rice, jowar, vegetables, lentils and fruit form important components of Maharashtrian diet. 
Everybody knows about the unbeatable taste of the Mumbai’s chaats! But there is so much more to explore and savour in the other regions of Maharashtra. 

Prep Time : 4-5 hour

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Valacha Birda Recipe

  • Sprouted val , soaked and peeled 1 cup

  • Cumin seeds 2 teaspoons

  • Onion , peeled 2 medium

  • Fresh coconut , scraped 3/4 cup

  • Garlic 5-6 cloves

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 2 teaspoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

  • Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Asafoetida 1 teaspoon

  • Kokum petals 3

  • Jagger , chopped 1 tablespoon

  • Fresh coriander sprig to garnish


Step 1

Put cumin seeds, 1 quartered onion, coconut and sufficient water in a blender jar and blend well. Add garlic cloves and blend to a fine paste.

Step 2

Finely chop remaining onion and put it in a large bowl. Add val, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt and mix well. Add the ground paste and mix well.

Step 3

Heat oil in a deep non-stick pan, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and asafoetida and let the seeds splutter and change colour.

Step 4

Add the val mixture and mix well. Add 2 cups water and mix well. Cover and cook for 6-8 minutes.

Step 5

Remove the lid and mix well. Add kokum petals and jaggery and mix well. Cook on medium heat for 12-15 minutes. Take it off the heat and rest for a few minutes.

Step 6

Transfer into a serving bowl, garnish with coriander sprig and serve hot.

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