Sem ki phalli ka salan

I am a non-vegetarian, no doubt, but there is some sort of comfort in simple and fresh vegetable preparations. Whenever I visit the grocery market I am always on the lookout of fresh Indian vegetables, and الحمد لله Toronto has many if not all of the regualr Indian vegetables to fulfill South-Asian’s taste buds.

Sem ki phalli ~ Indian broad beans

Sem ki phalli, as these beans are called in Urdu language, (Chikkudu kaya in Telugu) (also called as Valor papdi or Hyacinth Beans or Indian Broad beans) are one of my favorite vegetables. They are also sometimes available frozen in the cold sections of the markets.

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clockwise from top: chopped Indian broad beans, onion, stir-fried suya nuggets, dill leaves, and tomatoes

This simple curry that I have made with whatever I had in the refrigerator that day was nourishing and flavorsome. We enjoyed it along with Dahi ki Kadi, Parathas and some plain rice for lunch yesterday.

Sem ki phalli, tamatar aur soya ka salan – Indian broad beans along with soya granules in tomato sauce


Soya nuggets – 1 cup
Canola oil – 4 tbsp
White/Yellow Onion – 1, large, finely sliced
Tomatoes – 4, large, finely chopped (or) Canned crushed tomatoes – 1/3 cup
Red chilli powder – 1 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Sem ki phalli – around 1 kg, topped and tailed and fibrous side strings removed, each bean slit into two and then chopped into pieces ( as shown in the picture above)
Dill leaves/Suva bhaji – 1/4 cup, finely chopped

Sem ki phalli, tamatar aur soya ka salan


1. Soak soya nuggets in surplus cool water for 1-2 hours. Later, squeeze them, drain the water and put the squeezed nuggets in a dry bowl. Add fresh cool water to it and again squeeze them, drain the water and put them in a bowl. Repeat this about 5-8 times, until there is no lather in the water when you squeeze them while washing them up. This is important, otherwise the lather in soya will cause severe flatulence. So, be careful there. In a small frying pan, pour  1 1/2 tbsp oil and as soon as it warms up, add the squeezed washed soya nuggets and stir fry them until lightly browned on all sides. Remove in a bowl and keep aside.
2. Pour 2 1/2 tbsp oil in a medium saucepan at medium high heat and as soon as it warms up add the sliced onions. Stir fry until just lightly browned. Add chopped tomatoes or canned crushed tomatoes-whatever you are using, and red chilli powder, salt, turmeric powder. Mix well and pour 1 cup warm water. Let cook covered for 3 minutes. Lower heat to medium low and add the chopped beans and stir fried soya nuggets and mix well. Cover and let cook for 15 minutes. Keep stirring occasionally.

Suva bhaji/Dill leaves

3. Once the beans are tender, add the dill leaves and mix well. Cook uncovered for a few more minutes until the moisture is evaporated. Serve warm with rotis or rice.

This simple veggie preparation goes to Meeta’s ‘Monthly Mingle‘. Sudeshna of ‘Cook like a Bong‘ is the guest host this month for this event with a theme of ‘Winter Fruits and Vegetables‘.


22 thoughts on “Sem ki phalli ka salan

  1. can i omit soya nuggets?
    i want to try this with potatoes only?

    Sana, you can lightly shallow fry quartered potatoes and add them instead of soya nuggets in the recipe.

  2. what is soya nugget??

    Atika, you can get Soya nuggets/chunks or ‘Soya Bari’ in most of the grocery stores. They are made from Soya bean flour and taste meat like. The pictures I have posted above show how they look. ~Mona

  3. hi Mona,
    I usually prepare this curry with 2 or 3 brinjals,1 potato,along with some fenugreek leaves ,try this, even this is yummy along with rotis.

    Renu, thanks, I will. ~Mona

  4. Hi Mona
    Did not receive your mail as mentioned by you.

    Neville, I guess you didn’t receive my earlier mail, mailed you once again just now, please check your inbox. ~Mona

  5. Hi any substitute for dill leaves. if not, can it be omitted from the recipe? thanks mona.

    Zee, omit dill leaves if it is not available. You can however add fresh chopped cilantro instead for a different flavor. ~Mona

  6. hello mona
    nice , healthy, new recipe.
    soya is always good for health esp for women.
    i usually make sem ki phalli with meat or dil leaves with palak.
    also i also tried to make vegetarian chicken 65 recipe with hard tofu available in nondesi grocery stores.
    i used tofu instead of chicken for my veg freinds and boy they luv it everytime.
    take care


    Rizruby, Tofu 65 sounds good! ~Mona

  7. Mona,
    Thats a yummy recipe. If you wish please do send this recipe to the Monthly Mingle: Winter Vegetables and Fruits being hosted this month in our blog. Deadline is 11th Jan.

    Sudeshna, Sure I will. ~Mona

  8. hello mona
    $I love the smell of the dill leaves and like very much to cook it
    I am pierre a french foodie I have a blog on french inventive cuisine have a visit yoyu are very welcome door is open Cheers from paris Pierre

  9. Hi

    Love your site. Could you please give me the location of Allhamdulillah Ontario where I could get the produce.I do recall in one of your episodes you had mentioned how to prevent raw onion paste from turning bitter after cooking. Would be grateful if you could refresh my memory on this.
    Thanks and regards


    Neville, mailed you. ~Mona

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