Surti Val Papdi Bhaji

val papdi bhaji
My Mom used to make Val Papdi Bhaji in a simple way with few ingredients. This is the first time I gave it a try here in my US kitchen. This stir fry does require little more oil, as no water is added for cooking. Dal Rice tastes great with this sauteed Papdi. 
I tried this Bhaji once with frozen Surti Papdi and I was not happy with the result. I prefer fresh Papdi for this recipe, which I can only find in the local Indian store. I am not sure if Val Papdi is called as Navy Bean or Fava Bean in English.

Val Papdi/Surti Papdi - about 5 cups
Onion - 1 medium
Garlic - 4 cloves
Black Pepper Powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam Masala or any spice mix - 1/4 tsp
Spanish Paprika/Kashmiri Lal Mirch - 1/4 tsp
Cayenne Pepper/Red Chilli Powder - 1/4 tsp

How to prepare Val Papdichi Bhaji:
  • Remove the strings of val papdi from the sides. Open it and cut it into medium sized pieces. Finely chop onions. 
  • Heat a pan and add about 2 tbsp oil. Add crushed garlic and saute for a minute. Add onions, little salt, black pepper powder and saute till onions turn soft.
  • Now add val papdi. Saute to mix all the ingredients well. Cook it covered for about 5 minutes at low flame. Keep checking to avoid burning.
  • When val papdi gets about half cooked, add garam masala, Spanish paprika, cayenne pepper and little salt. Cook it covered till val papdi is completely cooked and water evaporates.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve Val Papdichi Bhaji with chapati and/or rice. You can add grated coconut or roasted peanut powder to this veggie as well. 
surti val papdi


  1. easy recipe, healthy too, delicious

  2. In telugu we call this as chhikkudu kaya kura,its very tasty n rich in fibre n proteins

  3. Thanks for sharing the pic of Val Papdi, otherwise now I have to do a google search to know the stuff.....This is a very common dish cooked in my parent's house...but I never tried it as I am not so fond of this....

  4. Quick and easy dish, looks awesome..

  5. Quick and healthy recipe..looks delicious

  6. looks like sem or broad beans. easy and quick stir fry.

  7. I tried this Uma for d second time and it turned out consistently good as ur other recipes

    1. Hi ManasMom! Thank you! you made me very happy today :)

  8. Replies
    1. Cilantro also known as Coriander or Dhania leaves
      Cayenne is a local redchili powder, quite hot


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