Monday, August 9, 2010
Beans Paruppu Ussili
The best combination for more kozhambu will be paruppu usili. Untill I got married, I never liked both the dishes. Actually i hardly used to eat at home when my mom made this at home. But fortunately or unfortunately, my husband's favorite combination is more kozhambu and beans paruppu usili. So I make it for him and am forced to eat it too. There are many such dishes that I started to eat after I got married :-).
The best thing i like about my usili is that i make the dhal mixture little crispy as i fry it well. It tastes good with the vegetables. You can also make cabbage paruppu usili, beans usili, also vazhapoo paruppu usili. The process is the same. Add cooked vegetables to the usili mixture. It has good and different taste when we use different vegetables.
Beans - 1 cup Chopped
Toor Dhal - 3 Tbsp (Soaked for 3 hrs)
Channa Dhal - 1.5 Tbsp (Soaked for 3 hrs)
Red Chilli - 2 ( depends on requirement)
Salt - To taste
Asafoetida - 2 Dashes
Turmeric - A pinch
Oil - 3 Tbsp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Urad Dhal - 1 tsp
Curry Leaves - 5 to 8 leaves
Boil beans or any other vegetable mentioned above. Grind soaked toor dhal, channa dhal, red chillies turmeric salt and some curry leaves into coarse paste. Do not add too much water. Now in a pan, heat oil and add mustard. When it splutters add urad dhal, curry leaves, asafoetida. Add the ground mixture and keep frying till the mixture cooks well. The paste will change color and becomes seperate granules. Keep frying till it turns into light brown and crispy. Now add the cooked beans and stir it untill everything blends well. Keep it in medium flame for 2-5 mins stirring occasionally. Paruppu usili is ready in mintues.
Tastes really good and its a great source of protein. The crispy misxture blends well with the vegetable. Its a nice way to make kids eat vegetables in disguised form.