Paruppu usili is a popular,traditional side dish for sambar rice, morkuzhambu that is made in all the South Indian households especially among Tamil Brahmins. Usili is nothing but the combination of cooked vegetable with spiced, ground dal.Its basically a healthy, protein packed side dish for vegetarians. Traditionally paruppu usili is done by soaking chana dal + toor dal, ground to a coarse paste with chilli and then steamed to cook. This dal paste would be tempered and mixed with any one of these cooked vegetables like Cluster beans, green beans, Banana flower/Plantain flower or even cabbage. But today I have shared a very simple, easy to make and quick beans paruppu usili recipe. I found this recipe from Shanthi mam’sInstagram feed. This recipe is really a keeper for working women and for housewives who wants to do quick cooking. We are using Fried gram dal/Pottukadalai instead of chana dal & toor dal. So it can be made instantly and it tastes equally well to the traditional ones. I loved this recipe a lot and I am going to apply this easy method for other veggies like kothavarangai/cluster beans and plantain flower/vazhaipoo soon. Do try this easy paruppu usili recipe and enjoy with morkuzhambu or sambar rice. You will love it for sure. Now lets see how to make easy green beans paruppu usili recipe with step by step photos !
Do check out my green peas and beans poriyal recipe too
Easy beans paruppu usili recipe
How to make paruppu usili recipe in an easy way ! - You can use vegetables like green beans, cluster beans, plantain flower, cabbage or make as plain usili.
Red chilli - 2 to 3 nos ( Use bydagi chilli for nice color)
Salt & water - as needed
Cooking oil or coconut oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Hing/Asafetida - a big pinch
Coconut oil - 1 tsp ( to garnish at the end)
Wash and chop the head and tail part of beans ( use string less French beans for best taste). Chop the beans into small pieces or of 1/2 inch length as you wish. Take them in a pressure cooker. Add 1/2 cup of water, turmeric powder, required salt and mix well. Pressure cook for one whistle in low flame. Remove the lid after the steam is released. Drain the excess water in a bowl and set aside. Beans would be cooked soft.
Soak fried gram dal and pinched red chillies in a bowl with very little water for 5 minutes. Grind it to a coarse powder without adding water.
Heat oil in a kadai and splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, hing, cumin seeds and curry leaves.Add the cooked beans and ground dal. Stir in low flame for few minutes till it gets mixed well. Once its mixed well, sprinkle few tbsp of water and stir well. Adding water helps to soften the usili and dals gets coated with the beans.Add salt if needed. Cook for a minute and switch off the flame. Add 1 tsp of coconut oil, mix well and serve with rice ! Usili tastes the best with morkuzhambu, sambar and keerai kuzhambu.
Enjoy with a papad !
Add more chillies if you want to make spicy usili.
Use byadgi chillies to get nice color. I used the same.
Soaking the red chilli and fried gram dal helps for even grinding.
Try this easy usili recipe with your favorite vegetable. You will love it for sure !