Friday, March 9, 2012

Beans Paruppu Usili

Paruppu usili is a traditional south-indian side dish for rice. It is a dry curry made with the combination of dhal and vegetables. Usili can generally be made with many vegetables, string beans, cluster beans, banana blossom to name a few. This recipe here is a short-cut method to make usili. Authentically the dhal mixture is ground into a paste and stir-fried in oil until it is dry and cooked through. But I found it is time consuming and would need much more oil and so tried it this way. This method is quicker and consumes less oil but still has the same great taste.
String Beans - 1/4 kg ~ 1/2 lb - chopped fine - pre-cook in microwave for a minute
Oil - 3 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dhal - 1 tsp
Onion - chopped fine - 1/2 cup
Chana dhal / Kadalai Paruppu / Split Garbanzo beans - 1/2 cup
Dry red chillies - 2
Fennel seeds/Sombu - 3/4 tsp
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to  taste
Wash and soak the chana dhal in water for 1 hr. Coarsely grind the chana dhal with red chillies, fennel seeds, asafoetida adding little salt in a blender without adding any water. Mix the ground mixture with chopped onions and make small lime sized balls. Steam in a pressure cooker or a idli steamer until done. Allow it to cool and pulse in the blender to resemble a crumbled mixture. Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds and urad dhal. When the mustard splutters add the beans and saute until three-fourths cooked. Sprinkle little salt to taste and give a quick mix. Add the crumbled dhal mixture and fry until the beans and dhal get together well (they wouldn't blend since it is dry) about 4-5 mins. Serve hot as a dry curry side dish or as a snack. 
I love this usili with curd rice or just in a bowl as a snack!
Sending this to our Serve It - Stir-Fried event for this month hosted by me and Denny.

I am also linking this curry to the following events:
Comfort food event by Resh; CC-Vegan Diet by Sravs; Bon Vivant - Savory by Sumee; Colorful Palette by Sizzling Tastebuds;Only-South Indian by Pari


  1. My favourite too, as a side dish with curd rice..

  2. Love usili. Been a while since I made it though.

    Event: Fenugreek

  3. Very healthy and colorful beans preparation.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. This has been in my 'to do' list since long and yours looks so well made dear. You can link it to my event too :).



  5. Good one.. thnx for linking up Krithi

  6. Nice yummy preparation. Love usili anytime

  7. Yummy and delicious paruppu it.

  8. yummy stir vfry dear.....great combo

  9. Very healthy and looks very colorful too........vl try this.....

  10. wow..awesome recipe


  11. This dish is one of my fav:-) I tried it once without my luck! The dal mixture was too lumpy:-(
    Will try your recipe soon!

  12. Beans is my favourite with rice and curd! Looks gr8!

    Do contribute some of your wonderful recipes to my ongoing event. Would be delighted :)

    Chef Al dente On going event: Gimme GREEN!

  13. such a healthy side dish, would love this with curd rice

  14. Nice combo, usili looks so delicious.

  15. beans curry looks really yumm yumm..nice cliks......Thanx 4 d super dish dear.......

  16. mmmmm.... my favorite. I tried this at my friend's house and liked this a lot.

  17. Nice healthy and super delicious curry !! Thanks for linking to the event !!

    Ongoing event CC:Vegan Diet - Plant Based Food


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