Beans Paruppusili

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Beans Paruppusili
Of all the dishes to make, this can be one of the most long-drawn out, because it does not fit into my under 45 minute guarantee given its prep time – but with the modern gadgets and gizmos we all seem to have in our kitchens, this process does not seem as tedious. This is a once in 2-3 months deal in our home for this very reason. But if you see tender beans or snake gourd, you tend to weaken and say that’s worth an Usili … We fell for the beans – Plus with a simple (Pepper-cumin) molagu-jeeraga rasam or vetha kozhambu (recipe of latter is on the blog already – have to add picture) can be an outstanding combo…

Once I made paruppusili with broccoli – outtasight! Will post pics the next time I make that!


1 cup of Thuvar dal/ thoran paruppu/ bengal gram
2 green chillies
2 red chillies
1/2 cup of grated coconut
2 lbs of  fresh beans


Soak the dal and chillies for couple of hours and grind coarsely -like for vadai in a food processor – drain out the water from the soaking before grinding.
Once ground, add the salt and mix in really well
Grease your idli plates and steam cook like idlis for about 12-13 minutes

Cut and steam cook beans
Thadka or Tmeper with
A pinch of asafoetida
2 Whole red chillies
1/2 teaspoon of mustard seeds small black)
Curry leaves
Set aside

Once it the usili idlis are fairly cool, get our your cheese grater and rub the idli against it so it crumbles into small florets.
Slightly dry roast the grated coconut in a small pan and top it on to the usili mixture and stir in.
Add to the beans and mix well

Beans cut and steamed

Making the Idlis

Grating the Idlis

Doesn’t this look nice!

Making the beans curry

The Usili with the coconut


Posted on

November 16, 2010

1 Comment

  1. my favourite— beans paruppu usili with more kuzhambu is the ultimate comfort and yummy combo!


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