Valval is very similar to Avial. It is prepared with different types of vegetables and the main ingredient is coconut milk. This has a very sweetish tinge and people with sweet tooth may not like this. This is usually prepared during any festivals and I remember this was a must dish in our house during Ugadi. This time I prepared this on Ganesha Festival.
1/2 cup ridge gourd pieces
1/2 cup long beans pieces
1/2 cup winter melon pieces
1/2 cup pumpkin pieces
4-5 slit green chillies
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup water
1 tea spoon oil
1 tea spoon jeera (cumin seeds)
3 red chillies
4-5 curry leaves
Pressure cook all the vegetables along with slit green chillies and cashews upto 1 whistle.
Boil cooked vegetables in coconut milk for 5-7 minutes. If the mixture is too thick add water.
In a small skillet prepare the seasoning with oil, cumin seeds, red chillies and curry leaves.
Pour this into the dish.
Preparation Time: 35 mins
Note: You can cook vegetables even in a vessel instead of pressure cooker to avoid over cooking.
I used the ready coconut milk. My granny used to prepare the coconut milk by grinding fresh grated coconut and few cashews in it.
Raw cashews are a perfect match for this dish. Since I dont find these here, I soaked the normal cashews overnight.