Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Valval

Valval ready:)
Ingredients used in valval

Valval in konkani is referred to "stew". I always remember our temple festival in kerala, especially the feast which would have valval, chonne ghassi, ambat, thoy, mango or lemon pickle, pappad, rasam, rice....and some other items too....mmmm my mouth is just watering when I even think about it. Valval is usually prepared with coconut milk, potato, mande (konkani word) ( dont know by what name it is called in english) , green chilli . I hope you enjoy making this recipe because I enjoyed having the dish along with hot steamed rice and cabbage ukkeri. Here is the recipe:

I used the readymade coconut milk available in the stores for making valval and the vegetables used were only potato and onion along with green chilli, but its more than enough to enjoy a meal :)

Ingredients:

Potato: 1 cut in round slices
Coconut milk: 1 whole can
Onion: 1 cut lengthwise
Green chillie: 4-5 slit in middle
Mustard seeds: 2 teaspoons
Cumin seeds: 3 teaspoons
Curry leaves: 4 or 5
Tamarind pulp or small piece of tamarind ball soaked in warm water: 4 tablespoons
Salt
Oil
Water: enough to just cover the potato slices while cooking
Asafoetida (as per taste)
Method:
  • In a pan heat 3 tablespoons of oil, and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, and green chilli. Wait for the mustard seed to splutter.
  • Add the onions and saute until its raw flavor is gone
  • Then add water (just have an estimate of how much is needed to just cover the potato slices which are not yet added) Maybe 2 cups
  • Cover the vessel and turn the heat to high.
  • Wait until the water boils. Then add the potato slices and cover again until the water boils again.
  • Then add the tamarind pulp and stir uniformly. Cover vessel and bring it to a boil again.
  • This time add coconut milk, and salt and stir uniformly , cover the vessel and lower the heat to medium.
  • Let it cook for 2 more minutes
  • Turn off heat. Add hing (asafoetida) and stir uniformly again. Cover the vessel for sustaining the flavor and aroma.
  • Serve it along with rice, or idiyappam

4 comments:

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

2 posts per day, huh??!!! gr8 going!!! :)
I just love Potato stew. Thanks for the recipe!

rv said...

Actually both the dishes were made on same day Ramya, thats why I thought why not post everything together :) ....Glad you liked the recipe :)

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

tell me one thing.... Can I use any oil or should I use only coconut oil for this?

rv said...

Ramya,
you can use any oil. I used vegetable oil. The key ingredient is the Coconut Milk which gives the taste to the valval. Some people substitute milk instead of coconut milk, but that takes away the authentic taste of the dish.

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