Monday, August 2, 2010

Green Beans and Lentil Crumble

My dear husband is so delighted when I cook his favourite South Indian dishes, especially if the dish is accompanied by the always present sambar (or rasam) and rice! It has been a while since I actually cooked the whole suite, and thought that the weekend deserved a special treat! Called Parrapu Usili in Tamil, the dish is relatively easy to make. I hope you will like this dish yourself, give it a try- the crunch and flavour is indeed irresistible...

  • 1 pound fresh green beans, finely sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
The Crumble:
  • 2 cups toor dhal (yellow split lentil)
  • 3 red dry chilies
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp salt
The Tempering
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp urad dhal (split black lentil)
  • a few curry leaves
  1. Boil the beans in water along with turmeric, salt. Strain and set aside.
  2. Soak the dhal in warm water for an hour, strain and grind along with chilies, pepper and ginger.
  3. In a large nonstick pan, heat the oil and fry the lentil mixture on medium flame, stirring continuously till the lentil crumbles. That is the sign of it being cooked.
  4. Add the cooked beans and salt and fold them in the cooked lentil crumble.
  5. In a separate pan, heat the oil and add the mustard. When it splatters, add the urad dhal and curry leaves and fry till the dhal is golden in color. Remove promptly and pour over the bean and lentil crumble.

Drumstick Sambar, Green Pea Curry and Green Bean Crumble, served along Rice


alison said...

looks wonderful your dish,i like lentils,i think i will try your recipe soon!

Adelina said...

Thanks Alison!

Satya said...

wow this usili looks sooo colorful n delicious ...nice combo ...very new to me ...i must try it soon


aipi said...

Hey Adelina, chanced upon your blog while surfing the web..liked your blogging style n awesome recipe collection..
the beans with lentilss is looking delightful..and that platter is very tempting..
have bookmarked your site, will b visiting often :)
take care,

Jay said...

Hy Adelina,

very healthy n tasty recipe.

Plz collect your Award from my blog.

Sanjeeta kk said...

Lovely clicks. Beans look fresh and tender. Nice to be here. best wishes.

Mary said...

This really looks so beautiful. I am able to get all of the ingredients required to make it. Once my family leaves and things settle down I'll have to give it a try. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

swapna said...

first time here....lovely recipes and photos!!! do peek into my blog when time permits..will sure come often!!!

PS said...

Hey Adelina, liked this beans dish very much, first time here, you have a wonderful space, glad to follow you, do visit my space when time permits..

jayasree said...

Lina,I liked the name you gave to the paruppu usili. And you have cooked it beatifully. The whole platter is droolworthy.

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