Beans Paruppu Usili

This is a traditional preparation of Tamil Nadu. This is taken as a side dish along with a kozhambu which is made without dal. It is also a combination with South Indian kadi called More kozhambu. Tastes great and perfect combination. I learnt this recipe from my mother, who is a great cook as well. I like the taste of dal when it is crispy at the bottom.

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French Beans - 4 cups cut into small pieces
Toor Dal - 2 cups soaked in water for one hour
Red Chillies - 5
Hing – 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - ½ teaspoon
Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon
Oil for seasoning
Curry leaves few
Salt to taste
Heat kadai and take 1 teaspoon oil, add beans and saute for one minute.
Add salt and cook it covered for 5 minutes.
Grind the soaked dal little coarsely with salt and hing. Little water can be added while grinding.
Take oil in kadai, add mustard seeds, turmeric powder, and curry leaves.
After they splutter, add the ground dal and fry for a minute.
Then cook the dal covered with the lid for 5 minutes.
Add cooked French beans to the dal mixture and mix it well.
Tasty paruppu usili is ready.
This can also be made with other vegetables such as banana flower, cabbage, cluster beans.
If the mixture is kept in simmer for little extra time, the bottom portion becomes crispy and tastes very good.