How to make Valacha Bhirda -

Popular Maharashtrian dish made with sprouted fava beans.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Sprouted field beans (vaal), Scraped coconut (कसा हुआ नारियल)

Cuisine : Maharashtrian

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Valacha Bhirda

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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 : 6-10 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Valacha Bhirda Recipe

  • Sprouted field beans (vaal) peeled 2 cups

  • Scraped coconut fresh ½ cup

  • Oil 1½ teaspoons

  • Mustard seeds ½ teaspoon

  • Green chillies chopped 2

  • Asafoetida ½ teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder ½ teaspoon

  • Curry leaves 6-7

  • Onions finely chopped 2 medium

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Garam masala powder ½ teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Jaggery (gur) grated 1 tablespoon

  • Black pepper powder 1 teaspoon

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped for garnishing


Step 1

Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add mustard seed and let them splutter.

Step 2

Add green chillies, asafoetida, turmeric powder and curry leaves and sauté for ½ minute.

Step 3

Add onions and sauté for 1 minute or till they turn translucent.

Step 4

Add fava beans and mix well. Add red chilli powder and mix well. Add garam masala powder and mix well.

Step 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.

Step 6

Add coconut, jaggery, pepper powder and mix well. Cover and cook for 2 minutes.

Step 7

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

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