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An easy to make, delicious with simple spices, Valor Nu Shaak is a Gujarati style vegetable side dish. Its generally served with rotli (wheat flatbread), a lentil curry and rice as a part of the daily meal.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course sabji, shaak, Side Dish
Cuisine Gujarati
Servings 4


  • 500 g valor
  • 1 cup fresh peas
  • 1 medium brinjal
  • 2 tbsps oil
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp chilli paste
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp carom seeds
  • ¼ tsp asafoetida
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp coriander cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • 1 - 1¼ tsp salt
  • 3 tbsps chopped fresh coriander


  • Wash the valor. Snap the ends and remove them. Split open the pod. Snap into nearly 1 inch pieces. Check for wiggly worms.
  • Cut the brinjal into medium cubes and leave in the water till required.
  • Chop the garlic finely.
  • Mix the valor, peas and brinjal.
  • Heat oil in a wide pan.
  • Add mustard, carom seeds. When they splutter, add asafoetida and garlic. Stir fry the garlic till it just begins to turn pink.
  • Add turmeric powder, chilli and ginger paste. Mix well.
  • Add the vegetables.
  • Add salt and sugar and mix well.
  • Cover the pan and cook the vegetable over low heat.
  • Usually the water that comes out from the valor and brinjal is enough, but if the vegetable begins to stick to the pan, add ¼ cup of water.
  • Cook till the vegetables are done. Add coriander cumin powder. Mix well.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh coriander.
  • Serve with dal and hot chappati.


  • For a different taste add 2 tbsps of tomato puree when the vegetable is done. Cover and leave for 5 minutes.
  • To make dhana jiru, roast 1 part coriander seeds over low heat. Then roast ¼ part cumin seeds. Stir all the time, roast till you hear a crackling sound. Grind both together and store in an airtight container.
  • Prepare the vegetable ahead and warm it up before serving.
  • You can make valor with potatoes, fresh pigeon peas, corn, etc.
Keyword Gujarati style Valor Nu Shaak, Valor Nu Shaak