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Yardlong Beans Paruppu Usili | Paruppu Usili

Paruppu usili, a traditional tamil brahmin recipe of vegetable and lentil crumble. It is usually made with vegetables like beans, cluster beans, yardlong beans, methi leaves, banana flower etc.
Course Main Course, Side Dish, Sides
Cuisine Indian, Tamil Brahmin Recipe
Keyword Beans usili recipe, How to make paruppu usili, Paruppu usili recipe, Traditional usili recipe
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 8


  • 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 tablespoon freshly grated coconut optional
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • a sprig of curry leaf


  • 4 tbsp sunflower oil plus 2-3 tablespoon extra
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds/kadugu
  • ½ teaspoon 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 tablespoon 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 tablespoon oil, mix well. Let it sit on the stove another 5-8 minutes.  Take it off the stove and serve along with rice.