Valor/papdi dhokli nu shaak

Papdi dhokli or valor dhokli nu shaak is a traditional Gujarati shaak (subzi) that is hearty enough to be enjoyed on its own or paired with a hot roti and buttermilk.

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Valor/papdi/sem phali are varieties of flat green beans with seeds found across India. The tender green beans are often used to make a curry as the mature beans are fibrous and quite woody in taste. The fresh beans tend to snap easily with a crisp sound and cooks in minutes.

The green beans curry with fenugreek dumplings or as I have known – valor dhokli nu shaak – is a traditional Gujarati recipe that uses this not a very popular vegetable in a delicious way. Valor and dhokli combined together makes a hearty shaak that be enjoyed on its own or with a roti. My version of this shaak has a broth that is simple in its flavours whereas the dhokli masala is similar to the muthia masala that is used in Undhiyu. Combined with bajri roti and chaas (salted buttermilk), it makes a complete traditional meal.

Valor/papdi dhokli (muthia) nu shaak
Valor/papdi dhokli (muthia) nu shaak

I call this subzi/shaak customizable for several reasons. You could use snap peas, guvar or French beans/fansi instead of valor. Also, you could change methi used in dhokli to your preferred green like drumstick leaves or even spinach. Either ways you go, it will taste delicious in a simple yet flavourful broth.

Valor/papdi dhokli (muthia) nu shaak
Valor/papdi dhokli (muthia) nu shaak

Have you tried these other delicious Gujarati recipes?

  1.  Fada ni khichdi (dalia khichdi)
  2. Kathiyawadi ringna nu shaak (Eggplant mash with peanuts and moringa leaves)
  3. Satpadi rotli (Indian flatbread with 7 layers)
  4. Bharela marcha (stuffed chili peppers)
  5. Gujarati patra/patrode/alu vadi 

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