Field Beans/Val Beans/Mochai Poriyal

Mochai Poriyal is very simple and very easy to make. The recipe has been handed down from my great-grandmother’s kitchen. It makes a very interesting side dish and appears even in wedding feasts. It is also suited for packed lunches as it is a dry preparation.

Mochai (Field Beans) is a favourite bean among the people of Thirunelveli. It used to be available mainly during our so-called winter but is now available round the year.


Field beans/Val beans - 1 cup
Onion - 1
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1tsp
Curry leaves - 1 leaflet
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
Salt for taste
Oil for seasoning


Pressure cook the field beans with salt for 4 whistle and keep aside. Allow to cool down.

Once the pressure goes out, remove lid and filter the boiled field beans.

Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and urad dal. Add Curry leaves when mustard seeds start spluttering.

Add onion and stir it until it get translucent.

Now add field beans and stir it.

Add Chilli powder and turmeric powder and stir it.

Finally, add coriander leaves and serve it.

Try it. Post your comments and suggestions.

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