Field Beans Curry

Vaalacha Birda is a simple Maharashtrian dish made with sprouted field beans/lima beans (vaal). The recipe may vary from family to family. I am sharing the recipe that is followed in my family.  Vaalacha birda pairs well with chapatis, khichdi and plain rice.


2 cups sprouted and peeled field beans/lima beans (Vaal)
1 tbsp oil
1 large onion, finely chopped (pyaaz/ kaanda)
4 cloves garlic, chopped (lehsun )
¼ tsp asafoetida (hing)
1 tbsp red chilly powder (laal mirch)
½ tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
A small piece of jaggery (gud)
1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander (dhaniya/ kothmir)
Salt as per taste

Vaalacha Birda


  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add chopped garlic and asafoetida.
  • Add chopped onions.
  • Saute for a minute.
  • Now, add the sprouted and peeled  field beans and mix.
  • Add turmeric powder, red chilly powder, salt, jaggery and a cup of water.
  • Cook covered for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Keep checking at intervals and give a stir.
  • When the beans are cooked well, turn off the heat.
  • Garnish Vaalacha birda with chopped coriander.
  • Serve hot.


Also have a look at Mugache Pandhre Birde, Ambat Varan, Katachi Amti, Kaala Vatana Usal etc.


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