Paruppu usili, a traditional tamil brahmin recipe of vegetable and lentil crumble.Usually made with vegetables like french beans, cluster beans, yardlong beans, methi leaves, banana flower etc.Jump to Recipe
How to make Paruppu Usili
To make paruppu usili, we need to soak tur dal and chana dal for an hour along with red chilies. Grind the lentils with little or no water.
The dal mixture can be cooked in two different ways. Steam cook or sautee in oil.
Steam cook the dal mixture and then temper it with oil and vegetables, usually considered the healthier way. The other way is to sautee it directly in oil, cook it until it is separated, then add the vegetable and cook until vegetable is done.
My mom’s recipe is to cook the ground dal in oil, and that is how i do it till date. Yes, it consumes more oil, but when you are cooking for 4 or more people the amount of oil per person becomes neglible. To the well cooked dal crumble, add yardlong beans.
Cover and cook for 12-15 minutes, sprinkle little water, stir inbetween once or twice. Paruppu usili is ready.
Yardlong Beans Paruppu Usili | Paruppu Usili
- 5 cups Yardlong beans/Karamani chopped
- 1 tsp salt
Soak & Grind
- ¾ cup tuvar dal split pigeon peas
- ¾ cup chana dal gram dal
- 10 nos red chilies round variety
- 2 tbsp freshly grated coconut optional
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- a sprig of curry leaf
- 4 tbsp sunflower oil plus 2-3 tbsp extra
- 1 tsp mustard seeds/kadugu
- ½ tsp hing/asafoetida
- 2 nos red chilies optional
- a sprig of curry leaf
- Wash and soak both the dals for an hour. Drain and take the dal long with other ingredients under 'soak and grind' and grind it to a coarse paste. Do not grind continously or add water. just pulse to grind it coarse. Once done, keep aside until use.
- In a wide pan, add oil given 'Tempering', splutter mustard seeds, add hing and turmeric powder and red chilies and curry leaves, saute for a minute.
- Next add the ground dal mixture and half the salt. Saute for a minute or two. Cover and cook in a simmer flame for 10-12 minutes. Keep the flame simmer, open and stir it once or twice in the middle.
- Anytime in the middle, if you feel the dal is sticking to the pan. Remove the cover, add 1-2 tbsp oil, mix well and continue cover & cooking.
- By this time, the dal must be well cooked and separated. add chopped yardlong beans, remaining salt, mix well.
- Sprinkle little water, cover and cook in a simmer flame for 10-15 minutes. Stirring often, until the beans are done.
- Once the beans is cooked, remove the cover, add 1-2 tbsp oil, mix well. Let it sit on the stove another 5-8 minutes. Take it off the stove and serve along with rice.
I paired the paruppu usili with a simple paruppu rasam for a complete meal. This recipe doubles up as a salad also, just add 1-2 tbsp yogurt for a creamy texture.
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An old recipe posted in April 2016, updated with new content and pictures for better engagement.