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Green Beans Paruppu Usili

Paruppu Usili is a quintessential Tamil Brahmin dish, made of steamed lentils mixed with a vegetable. It is a very nutritious dish, especially for vegetarians as it got lentils to fulfill the daily protein needs. Green beans or cluster beans are the most commonly used vegetables to make paruppu usili, but other vegetables like cabbage and banana flower (vazhai poo) can also be used. Paruppu usili can be served with mor kootan / mor kuzhambu, sambar and rasam.

The lentil crumble can be made either with toor dal or chana dal, or a combination of both lentils. The lightly spiced lentil crumble is a delight to have by itself. In some households, the lentil are fried in oil until golden. This of course needs more oil, so I prefer this healthier version of steaming lentils. Mor kuzhambu and paruppu usili make a classic combination, but it also goes well with other South Indian gravies too.


{Green beans with a steamed lentil crumble}
Serves 2-3


200 gms green beans, chopped (around 2 cups)
¼ tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste

For the dal / lentil mixture:
¼ cup toor dal / pigeon peas
¼ cup chana dal / kadalai paruppu
2 dry red chillies
¼ tsp asafoetida / hing
Salt to taste

For the tempering:
1 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp split urad dal
2 dry red chillies
1 sprig curry leaves
A pinch of asafoetida / hing


1. Wash the dals together and soak them along with the red chillies for 30 minutes. Drain well and let them rest in a colander for 15-20 minutes.

2. Grind the dals, red chillies, asafoetida, salt to a coarse mixture. Do not add any water to grind.

3. Boil water in a idli pot or steamer. Spread the dal mixture on greased idli plate or steamer plate and steam for 5-6 minutes. Set aside to cool.

4. Once cool, remove from plates and crumble them with hands. Set aside.

5. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. Once it splutters, add urad dal, red chillies, curry leaves and asafoetida.

6. Once the dal turns golden, add the beans, turmeric powder, salt and combine well. Cover and cook for 4-5 minutes or until beans is cooked.

7. Now add the crumbled dal mixture and combine well with the beans. Fry for 3-4 minutes and remove from heat.

Notes and Tips:

1. The moisture from the dals in enough to grind it, so do not add any water.

2. You can also grind the steamed dal mixture in a mixer instead of crumbling with hands, if you want smaller and finer lentil crumbles.


  1. I can eat this even with out rice,looks so perfect

  2. Yummy paruppu it any you said moru kuzhambu and paruppu usili is one of the best combos

  3. looks yum.. I love this usili any time

  4. So interesting and tasty......!!

  5. Wow this looks amazing :-) great recipe and presentation :-)
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  6. wow tempting usili and looks yummy :) perfectly done and awesome clicks !!

  7. Yummy, tempting usili. Love it with rice and rasam

  8. Beautifully presented,u made me hungry dear..Loved it ,superb!!

  9. vibrant color of the paruppu usili makes me crave for it...

  10. Perfectly done and the clicks are awesome..

  11. Super delicious usili...Nutritious too !!

  12. such simple dish but u presented it so well that now I am craving for it...never thought I would crave to have beans :) time when i get beans ..I am surely making it

  13. deliicous n very authentic usili!!!

  14. Parippu usli looks delicious love it.

  15. I make it the similar way, beans usili looks colorful and perfect! looks really inviting!

  16. Perfectly made usili, looks fresh and delicious. As usual lovely clicks.

  17. I love paruppu usili, this looks perfect. Loved the clicks, lovely!

  18. Parupu usili never looked more gorgeous, so fresh , green and lovely click


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