Beans And Paruppu Usili

Beans And Paruppu Usili

Cuisine: South Indian

Beans And Paruppu Usili: Usili, a preparation made with ground lentils, has its origins in Tamil Nadu cuisine. It’s a nutritious and flavorful way to incorporate vegetables into meals.


  • 250 gms. french beans (flas beans)

  • 1/2 tsp turmeric (haldi) powder

  • 2 green chillies

  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds (raai)

  • 1 tsp black gram split (urad dal)

  • 2 red chillies whole

  • 8-10 curry leaves (kari patta)

  • 4-5 tblsp gingelly oil (tel)

  • salt (namak) to taste

  • Dal Paste Preparation Ingredients …
  • 1/4 cup bengal gram (chana) split

  • 2 tblsp black gram split (urad dal)

  • 1/4 cup pigeon pea split (arhar dal)

  • 2 tblsp green gram split (moong dal)

  • 6 red chillies whole

  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida

  • salt (namak) to taste


  • Wash, string and cut French beans into half centimeter sized dices.
  • Cook beans in salted boiling water for two to three minutes.
  • Drain well and reserve.
  • Wash, remove stems and finely chop green chillies.
  • Soak all the dals for about twenty minutes.
  • Drain and grind to a thick paste with dry red chillies, salt and asafoetida powder.
  • Add water if required.
  • Apply a little oil on a piece of banana leaf according to the size of the steamer or the pressure cooker.
  • Spread dal paste evenly on it and steam in a cooker for fifteen minutes or till cooked.
  • Insert a toothpick or needle into the dal mixture and if it comes out clean then it is cooked.
  • Turn out cooked dal on a large plate and cool.
  • Crumble cooked dal to a coarse powder with your palm and fingers.
  • If dal is quite dry and solid,
  • Then you can blend it briefly in a food processor to crumble.
  • Heat oil in a shallow pan, temper with mustard seeds, red chillies, urad dal and curry leaves.
  • Stir-fry briefly and add chopped green chillies.
  • Add the cooked beans and crumbled dal mixture.
  • Toss on high heat for a two to three minutes.
  • Reduce heat and cook, stirring frequently for five to six minutes or till the beans and dal start sizzling.
  • Adjust seasoning and serve hot.

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