Thursday, February 23, 2012

Valval (Mixed Veggies in Coconut Milk)

Valval is a very popular Konkani dish. Yogi Ratna is its other name. It is a very mild dish and is commonly prepared for special occasions like marriage, thread ceremony etc, as it is a No- onion and garlic dish. 
I tried it for the first time and we loved it. I served it along with rice and batate vaagu and the combination was a hit. Try making this. This dish has loads of veggies, the richness of the coconut milk and the seasoning using ghee gives it a special touch. Altogether its worth trying.

  • Chopped Vegetables* - 3-4 cups
  • Tender Cashewnut** - 10-12
  • Thick Coconut milk, fresh/canned- 3/4 cup
  • Green chillies, slit- 4-5
  • All purpose flour/Maida- 1- 1 1/2 tsp
  • Ghee- 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds/Jeera- 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves- Few
  • Salt- To taste
*Vegetables that can be added- Cow pea beans (alsande), potatoes, beans, carrot, yellow cucumber (magge), ivy gourd (tendle), potato, ridge gourd (ghosale), pumpkin (duddi) or any fresh vegetable of your choice. Don't add onions and drumsticks, as they give a very different flavor to the dish. Just add 7-8 types of veggies.
**You can as well add the whole cashews.


Wash and chop all the vegetables into desired size and shape. Remove the peel of the tender cashew nuts (if using).

Now take a vessel and put all the cut veggies, green chilli into it. Add water and salt as required. Close it with a lid and let it cook on a medium flame for 15-20 minutes (check in between). Once all the veggies look cooked, then take all purpose flour in a bowl and add few tea spoon of water. Mix it well to remove all lumps and then add this paste to the cooked veggies. Mix it well for a minute.

Now add the coconut milk and keep stirring continuously. Once it comes to a boil, turn off the heat.

For Seasoning- Heat ghee. Then add mustard seeds. Once it starts spluttering, add cumin seeds and curry leaves. Fry until cumin seeds turn slight brown. Turn off the heat and add this to veggies in the coconut milk. Mix well. Valval is ready!!

Serve it hot with rice and a spicy dish like Batate vaagu, batate song or any other spicy dish of your choice.

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