Beans Paruppu Usili

Paruppu Usili is a traditional South Indian recipe. It is a combination of crispy & spicy dhal cooked along vegetables. It can accompany well with Mor kolambu or any arachivitta sambar or any simple pepper rasam. This recipe is all time favourite from my childhood. I dont have chance to cook it for a long time. I used to cook this only when my mom came from India. May be I am pretty lazy:) When I bought beans yesterday, I thought to prepare normal beans stir fry. But somehow my mind changed and ended up with this yummy usili. For this recipe there is no restriction of using particular veggies. You can use cluster beans, carrot, vazhai poo or cabbage. Lets go for the recipe. Beans Paruppu usili.

Ingredients :

Green beans (Cluster beans) - 200gm
Hing - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Urad dhal - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 spring
Oil - 2 tbsp
Salt to taste

To soak :

Toor Dhal - 1/3 cup
Channa dhal - 1/2 cup
Red chilli - 2 (Increase or decrease depends on taste)
Garlic cloves - 2 (Optional)
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece

Method :

Soak the above mentioned ingredients under the table " To soak". Soak the dhals together with red chilli atleast for 2 hrs before cooking. Once done, drain the water and grind it as coarse paste together with Ginger and Garlic (garlic is optional, you can skip if you dont like the taste). You can add curry leaves and grind together as well. Add 1/4 tsp of salt while grinding. Dont add water while grinding, Just sprinkle little water if necessary.

Now grease the idly plate with oil.Steam the coarsely grinded dhal paste for around 8-10 mins.Once done, cool it and crumble it to tiny pieces using hands or fork. Make sure it doesn't end gooey. Keep it aside,

In the mean time, chop the beans to desired size. I prefer to chop it finely.In a pan, add the chopped beans with a pinch of turmeric and salt. Add 1 cup of water and allow it to cook till it become soft. (Don't add too much salt in the beans as we have added salt in the dhal already). Now the cooked beans is ready.

In a pan, add oil, followed by spluttering mustard seeds, urad dhal and curry leaves. Add the cooked beans and crumbled dhal. Toss it well in the medium flame.Adjust the salt to taste. Cook till the dhal completely blend with beans. Serve it with rice and rasam.

Happy weekend !!


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