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Beans Usuli

Krithika Chandrasekaran
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Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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Paruppu (Dal/Lentils) Usuli or Paruppu Puttu as it's commonly known in South India is a curry that is made with lentils blended with spices and cooked along with vegetables of choice.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Everyday
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Main Dish
  • Egg Free

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. French Beans - 250 gms (chopped)
  2. Toor dal (split pigeon peas) - 1 cup
  3. Chana dal (Bengal gram) - 1 tbsp
  4. Dry red chilies - 2
  5. hing (Asafoetida) powder - 1/2 tsp
  6. salt to taste
  7. oil - 4 to 5 tbsp
  8. Rai (Mustard seeds) - 1 tsp
  9. Urad dal (split black gram) - 1 tsp


  1. Wash and soak the toor and chana dal for about 30 minutes. Drain and leave in a colander or sieve.
  2. In a mixer, blend the drained dals, red chilies, salt and hing. Use very little water, say about 1-2 tbsp and grind to form a coarse paste (fine semolina/rawa consistency)
  3. Spread this mixture on a steamer/Idli plate and steam cook for about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the chopped beans (or vegetable of your choice) with a pinch of turmeric till its tender. Drain and keep aside.
  5. Remove the cooked dal and spread it on to a wide plate and let it cool. Once it settles to room temperature, lightly crumble using your hands to prevent any lump formation.
  6. Heat oil in a pan and add the urad dal, followed by mustard seeds. Once they splutter, add the cooked dal and mix well to let the oil coat the lentils all through and cook evenly, for 5 to 7 minutes. (Again, make sure no lumps are visible.)
  7. Now add the cooked vegetables and mix well. Check for salt, and let it cook for about another 4 to 5 minutes. (Optionally you can garnish with curry leaves.)

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