Saturday, April 16, 2011

Long Beans Paruppu Usli - Healthy recipe

This is a simple, healthy recipe where lentils are steamed and stirred in with spiced green beans, long beans, cluster beans(kothavarangai) or banana flower(vazha poo). You can actually prepare this without a single drop of oil and yet it tastes sooo good :)  This can be made in under 30 minutes!

You Need -

Long beans - 1 bunch
Toor dal - 150 g
Channa Dal (Bengal gram dal or கடலை பருப்பு) - 80 g
Red chillies - 2 or 3
Hing (பெருங்காயம்) - 2 drizzles
Salt - to taste

How To -

  • Soak both the dals together in enough water for 2 hours.
  • Then, drain the water (a little water is ok), add red chillies, hing and salt to the dals and make a semi-powder, semi-paste mixture from the dals.

  • Steam the mixture. You can use your idli-plates to steam it. Alternatively, I steam it on the top deck of my electric rice cooker, while my rice gets done simultaneously. 

  • Meanwhile, chop your long beans fine and steam them as well. Add salt while you steam your veggie, for a better taste.
  • When the dal-mixture is done, crumble them with a strong stainless steel tablespoon or use something like this to crush the dal.

  • Mix in the cooked beans and there you go!
  • Serve with rice and tangy rasam and they make an awesome combination!
Tangy Tomato Rasam to go with Usli
Enjoy your usli while it is warm :)

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