Navratri Special: Val Beans (Mochakottai) Sundal


My next Sundal recipe is Val beans or Mochakottai sundal. Val beans have a delicate flavor and compliments a lot of dishes. They are rich in protein and fiber and this sundal can be quite filling.

Serves: 4


  • Val beans – 1 cup
  • Grated coconut – 1/4 cup
  • Ginger – 1 cm piece
  • Green chillies, 2
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad Dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves , a few
  • Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
  • Asafetida- a pinch
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil for tempering


  • Wash the val beans 2-3 times and soak it overnight in plenty of water. When cooked Val beans have a slightly bitter taste hence you need to wash it very well
  • Drain the water, wash well and cook the Val beans in a pressure cooker adding enough water to submerge the Val beans. Cook for 3-4 whistles. Keep aside.
  • Chop the green chillies and ginger into fine pieces
  • Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds. When the seeds splutter, add the Urad dal, curry leaves and sauté for few minutes. Add the asafetida, ginger and green chillies and sauté for few more minutes
  • Add the tempering, turmeric, and salt to the cooked Val beans and sauté on slow flame for few minutes. Add the grated coconut and remove from fire

Serve hot and enjoy 😊


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