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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Paruppu Usili


Ingredients:
1 lbs (450 gms) of fresh beans washed and cut (3 1/2 cups cups chopped)
1/2 cups of toor dal washed and soaked for at least 1 1/2 to 2 hours
2 red chili or to taste
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric or haldi powder
For seasoning
1 tablespoon of oil
1/2 teaspoon of mustard seeds
2 red chili or to taste

Preparation:  While the dal is soaking wash and cut the beans into small bits and keep it aside.

After the dal has been soaked, grind it with red chili use very little water the batter has to be thick.

Pour the ground dal onto a greased pan and steam it for 25 minutes or until it is cooked.  To check, a knife inserted in the dal will come out clean.  Remove the pan and allow it to cool.  When it is cool it is cut into small bits and in a food processor grind it into small bits.

Heat a pan with 2 teaspoon of oil and add mustard seeds and whole red chili.  When the mustard pops add the cut beans, salt, turmeric powder and a little water and cook it until it is cooked.  Add the steamed and ground dal and mix thoroughly.  Garnish with curry leaves(optional)

Paruppu usili is served with rice or chapati.  This is a very popular south Indian recipe.
Serves 4




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