Beans Paruppu Usili


Paruppu Usili is one of the traditional dishes prepared in our home. Though its a side dish, I like to mix it with rice. In our custom, without paruppu usili, a wedding meal is incomplete. Usili goes well with any rice accompaniment, but my personal choice is Usili with Venngaya Vetha kuzhambu, Milagu Kuzhambu, Enna kathirika Kuzhambu and Moor kuzhambu. Two types of lentils are typically used for preparing this.

Beans Paruppu Usili:

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Soaking time : 1 hour | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Serves : 3

Recipe Category: Side dish


Beans – 2 cups, chopped

Salt – as needed

Toor Dal – 1/4 cup

Chana Dal – 1/4 cup

Dried Red Chillies – 2 (Adjust according to your spice level)

Hing – a generous pinch

To temper:

Coconut Oil – 2 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Urad Dal – 1/2 tsp

Chana Dal -1/2 tsp

Curry leaves – a spring

Turmeric powder – a generous pinch



  • Soak toor dal and chana dal for atleast 1 hour (I soaked them in warm water)
  • Wash and boil the the Beans and keep aside
  • Drain water from the soaked dal and grind them along with red chillies, 1 tbsp of water, salt (for Dal) and hing, to a coarse mixture.
  • Boil water in idli pan, grease the Idli plate and spread the coarse mixture on the  plate and steam it for 6-7 minutes (like steaming idlies) and switch off

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  • Take the steamed dal and keep in a plate, and once they come to room temperature, crumble them with your hands (Can also pulse once in mixie) and set aside.
  • Add oil to the pan, and once the oil is hot, add the items listed under ‘to temper’ and let them splutter. Add the crumbled Dal and saute till they are golden brown

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  • Add the cooked  beans and mix well. Add required salt (For beans). Cook for  2-3 mins until the dal crumble combines well with the Beans

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My Notes:

  • Traditionally paruppu usili is done with cluster beans, but i have used green beans.
  • Usili can also be prepared with bell pepper (Capsium), broccoli, vazhaipoo, cabbage etc

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43 thoughts on “Beans Paruppu Usili

  1. Preethi July 18, 2014 at 5:22 PM Reply

    Interesting.. you have used coconut oil. And haven’t sprinkled crated coconut..I should try this. May be it doesn’t need because of the dal? Thank you.

  2. petra08 July 16, 2014 at 5:23 AM Reply

    I love beans and this looks delicious! I have a few lentil kinds, not the same as yours but might try and create something similar! It looks like lovely summer food, maybe with a barbecue! Every time the sun is shining I want to barbecue! 🙂

  3. natasha July 16, 2014 at 12:34 AM Reply

    Wow I had this in my friends wedding in chennai…Tamil food is awsome….shall make it soon….

  4. acbistro July 15, 2014 at 8:10 PM Reply

    healthy and tasty !!!! 🙂

  5. Victoria Virgo July 15, 2014 at 7:02 PM Reply

    Oh – this looks great. I wish l loved to cook. Instead I love to look at beautiful pictures of food. lol

  6. nancyc July 15, 2014 at 3:20 PM Reply

    This sounds like a really good and healthy side dish!

  7. MamaD1xx4xy July 15, 2014 at 2:33 PM Reply

    This looks great. Love beans. We really need to plant them next year!

  8. tummytales2013 July 15, 2014 at 2:13 PM Reply

    Never tasted this before.. But it is such an interesting recipe.. Must try it! Thanks for sharing.

  9. coconutcraze July 15, 2014 at 8:20 AM Reply

    This is a lovely beans dish I have tasted at a friend’s place. I have not prepared it before. Thank you for the recipe.

  10. apuginthekitchen July 15, 2014 at 8:15 AM Reply

    It looks delicious, I love beans.

  11. srividhya July 15, 2014 at 7:29 AM Reply

    Usili is my favorite too. I love it with Vathal kuzhambu 🙂

  12. Chitra Jagadish July 15, 2014 at 7:22 AM Reply

    cooking dal in idli plate is something different vidya….this doesnt make dal mushy, niceeeeee

    • Traditionally Modern Food July 15, 2014 at 2:39 PM Reply

      Yes Chitra, first time when I tried this recipe even I was thinking Dal in Idli steamer, how will it be:) I was amazed with the outcome

  13. mommycookforme July 15, 2014 at 6:18 AM Reply

    It looks tasty! The crumbled dal and green beans are very nice combination, thanks for sharing!

  14. Priya Shiva July 15, 2014 at 5:31 AM Reply

    one of my fav and looks tempting! Just need some rice and rasam and I’m a happy girl 🙂

  15. Kitchenequations July 15, 2014 at 4:39 AM Reply

    We call this Patholi and it is considered a very exotic food. We prepare this maybe once in a couple of months and when we do it gotta be perfect 🙂 Thanks for sharing 🙂

  16. ashreyamom July 15, 2014 at 2:31 AM Reply

    its a great stuffing for sandwich too.. 🙂

  17. Charanya July 15, 2014 at 2:22 AM Reply

    Can I PLEASEEEEEEE invite myself to your home? Love this. Mum makes it all the time and she pushes me to try it. Am scared to do so. But your’s look incredible 🙂

    • Traditionally Modern Food July 15, 2014 at 2:44 PM Reply

      You are most welcome Charanya:) mom’s preparation are always SPL. Do try, I am sure you will like it:)

  18. smithakal July 15, 2014 at 1:51 AM Reply

    making beans stir fry this way is new to me.. looks good

  19. Shruti July 15, 2014 at 1:03 AM Reply

    The one I want to try out since long!!! I actually grill beans and nothing else 😛 Let me get some green beans soon… ❤

    • Traditionally Modern Food July 15, 2014 at 2:46 PM Reply

      Grilling beans is awesome:) I have tried grilling with broccoli, zuchinni and mushroom but beans is new will try. Thanks for the idea Shruti:) Anytime

  20. Nate Kidd July 15, 2014 at 12:23 AM Reply

    This really looks good. I like almost anything with beans in it. Thank you for sharing.

  21. cookingwithtoddlers July 14, 2014 at 11:44 PM Reply

    How delicious and fragrant this dish looks! I’ve never heard of Hing before, but I’ll be on the lookout for it next shopping trip!

    • Traditionally Modern Food July 15, 2014 at 2:48 PM Reply

      Thamks 🙂 hing (Hindi) helps for digestion, we use in most of the Indian cooking. Asafetida in english

    • Traditionally Modern Food July 15, 2014 at 3:19 PM Reply

      Thanks:) Asafetida(hing) is used in many Indian cooking. It helps for digestion

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