Beans Paruppu Usili / A crumble of Lentils with beans

One of my Mom-in-law's recipe. She is my great cooking inspiration who changes only the method with the same ingredients and drive different and unique taste for each recipe. I am yet to learn more and more from her.

She prepares this recipe in many ways. but I adopted only one which I find easy and blogged here. I have prepared this recipe using french beans wherein you are free to replace this with cluster beans, plantain
flower and cabbage. Use this a base and do your own variations with other vegetables.

As the name depicts, it is a crumple of lentils cooked with vegetables and served as a side dish for steamed rice in India.

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 2 hours + 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes
Serves: 2-3


Beans - 200 Grams, chopped
Toor Dal - 1/2 cup
Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Dry Red chillies - 4 nos / to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Asafoetida - a pinch
Curry leaves - 1 string
Mustard Seeds and urid dal - 1/2 teaspoon
Oil - 3 teaspoon
Salt - to taste


1) Cook the chopped beans with salt using microwave or in a pot by sprinkling handful of water. Beans should be well cooked for this recipe. Keep it aside.
2) Soak the toor dal in water minimun for 2 hours. After 2 hours drain the water from toor Dal and grind it coarsely with cumin seeds, 3 red chillies, turmeric powder, a pinch of salt and asafoetida. Don't add water. The moisture in the dal is enough.


3) Take a kadai and heat oil in it.
4) Add mustard seeds and urid dal when it is hot. Make them to splutter.
5) Add curry leaves, remaining red chillies and after a second add ground dal mix.

6) Turn the flame to medium and stir the ground dal and cook for 7-10 minutes covered. Make sure it is not burting. (You can use this in between time to cook beans if you would like to do simultaneous work and save time).

7) Then, stir continuouly till they become crumble.Cook uncovered for 3 minutes by stirring continuously.

8) Add cooked beans and mix well. Cook again for few minutes.

9) Beans paruppu usili is ready to serve.

I used birdseye red chilli for grinding to get spiciness and added the usual one for seasoning to get flavour. It is your choice to choose any of these or your own.

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Ur beans paruppu usili is very tempting. I prepare once in a while as it takes time especially stirring the ground dhaal to crumbs. My mom suggested an alternative but im yet to try that. After grinding dhaal,make it as balls, steam it in idli maker and then crumble the steamed balls. Then saute the crumbles with chillies and mustard seeds.

This look so delicious....lovely clicks...

very tempting clicks Uma. One of my favorites. Priya is right. I too make it the same way.

an absolutely diff recipe and looks yumm too...I must try it
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Very nice, delicious and innovative recipe. Looks yummy and perfect with roti. Wonderful presentation.

My fav with rasam rice very yummy.

looks very nice. we also steam the dal after grinding. nice click

Yummy healthy dish. Awesome combo of dhal and beans. The colours are so vibrant. Your MIL version of preparing the dhal is quite different but sure looks good. Enjoyed browsing through your blog .. glad to follow u:)

I love paruppu usili. Looks so yummy and inviting.

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delicious healthy recipe Uma..have never tried this before
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@Priya, Radhika,

Hearty Thanks for your suggestions. My MIL also prepares using Idly maker as well as using microwave. I used this method, as I was not having the idlimaker by the time I prepared this recipe.

@ All,

Thanks for your comments. You words are my inspirations.

Beans Paruppu usili looks very nicely done and very tempting...

Love the generous addition of paruppu. Looks so yum... Would love it with some rasam saadam

Healthy an yummy stir the combo

this is very interesting..i too prefer steaming the dal n adding it to the stir fry but this sounds easy n less job rt?? so colorful n pictures are too good n neatly presented!!!

love the combo, delicious n healthy, great clicks !!

Yummy usili! Our family favourite! :P

I've used channa dhal and moong time will try with thoor dhal! :)

never tried this way !! so interesting and looks delicious !!

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I just loved ur clicks 2day..Vibrant and eye catchy..mouthwatering and a traditional one

Wow I love this dish! Looks so delicious. Beautiful photographs make it even more enticing!

Uma, can you let me know the egg substitute for making spinach muffins ,cos we are vegetarians and dont eat eggs. thanks

uma can u let me know the egg replacer for making spinach muffins.!We are vegetarians and dont eat eggs.

All ur recipes have great artistic creations of display.Keep up the good work.

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