BM #126 Week 3 Day 3 - 

Today's meal idea is very filling and nutritious. Valor beans aka Chikkudukaya are one of my favorite vegetables but it is available rarely around here. So I get valor beans  in bulk when they appear in our local Indian stores. I wash, string, chop and freeze them in ziploc bags. 

So this curry is very easy and quick for me to make as the frozen ones are always available when I plan to make this :). 

I usually make the Koora Podi (recipe given below) in bulk and store it for a month or so as it comes in handy for many dry curries like Aratikaya Podi.

The platter is a very basic one made for lazy days featuring Methi Dal, Rice, Yogurt and Chikkudukaya Aloo Koora.

Ingredients - 

Chikkudukaya/ Flat Valor Beans stringed and chopped 3 cups
Potato peeled and cubed 1 cup
Salt, Turmeric, Red Chili Powder as needed
Koora Podi (Recipe given below) 1/2 cup
Seasoning (Oil 1 Tbsp, mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Chana Dal 1 Tbsp, Urad dal 1 tsp, Hing 1/8th tsp, Curry leaves few)

For Koora Podi  - 
Chana Dal 2 Tbsp
Urad Dal 2 Tbsp
Peanuts 3 Tbsp
Sesame Seeds 2 Tbsp
Coconut Powder 3 Tbsp
Coriander Seeds 1 Tbsp
Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Dry Red Chilies 2-3
Garlic 2-3 cloves(Optional)

Method Of Preparation -

To Prepare the Koora Podi (translates to Curry Powder)-
Dry roast each of the ingredients separately until they turn aromatic or change color. Set aside and coarse grind upon cooling. 

[Store any unused portion for up to 15-20 days stored in an air tight container at room temperature. If garlic is not used the shelf life increases dramatically (about 2 months).]

Steam the chopped chikkudukaya for about 15 minutes and set aside. They can be pressure cooked or cooked in the microwave as well.

In a heated pan, add oil and the rest of the seasoning ingredients. After the mustard seeds pop and the dals are brown, add the chopped potato and fry the until they are cooked through and are golden brown.

Add in the steamed chikkudukaya and sprinkle turmeric, salt and red chili powder. Mix well.

Sprinkle the Koora Podi set aside from step 1. Mix well and remove from heat.

Serve it as part of a meal.


Preparation Time 30 minutes
Serves 4-5
Posted by Harini R on Sunday, September 19, 2021


  1. A simple dish , yet very delicious . These Val beans have a peculiar flavor and a combo with potatoes makes it a perfect side dish .

  2. Radha Says:
  3. The koora podi is very interesting. Love the flavors in this curry. This is SO delicious!

  4. Suma Gandlur Says:
  5. Beans and potatoes pair well and koora podi makes even simple curries flavorful.

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