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Showing posts with label Beans. Show all posts

Beans Paruppu Usili


Paruppu Usili are has been in my 'to do' list  since long. I thought it is time consuming and postponing it for a while. If you followed the precooking preparation  it becomes too easy and now i make it quite often. The secret is when you set the rice in a cooker, follow the 3rd step and you are half done.  It is very healthy and delicious usili and it goes very well with rasam, sambar, mor kuzhambu and even with curd rice. This is a traditional south Indian side dish for rice.

Paruppu Usili  - In language of Tamil -> Paruppu means Lentils and Usili is boiled vegetables are mixed with cooked crumbled lentils. In this recipe i used string beans 


  • 15 to 20 green string Beans (nicely chopped)
  • 1 cup chana dal / Split Black Chickpeas
  • 4 to 5 nos. Whole red chilies 
  • 1 tsp Haldi/Turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • Oil

For seasoning:
  • 1 tbsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp Jeera/Cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp urad dal/ White Lentils (grown in Indian subcontinent- Available in Indian Store)
  • 1 tsp Asafoetida / Hing

Time Required: 25 mins


1. Soak chana dal and red chilies for 2 hour and then roughly grind with adding haldi/turmeric powder and salt
2. Wash the beans thoroughly and Chop it into fine pieces.
3. In a pressure cooker cook both the blended mixture and beans separately  in different vessels
4. Heat 2 tsp of oil in a non-stick pan. Add hing, mustard seeds when it splutter, add urad dal. Then add the crumbled dal mixture. Fry well till the mixture gets little roasted. Add the cooked beans to it and mix well with the dal mixture and cook for another 2 to 3 mins.

Serving: It goes very well with rasam, sambar and mor kozhambhu rice.

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Chinese Style String Beans Sabzi Recipe


As I am vegetarian I always look for the veg. items in Chinese buffet too. This one became my favorite. In Chinese Restaurants, they use many sauces I just tweaked it as per my style.


  • Fresh Green String beans - 15 to 20 nos.
  • Potato 1 grated
  • Dried red chilies 3-5
  • Ginger and garlic paste 1 tsp each
  • Sugar 1/2 tsp
  • Garam Masala Powder - 1 tsp (Mixture of many Indian spices - Available in Indian store)
  •  Oil for deep frying
  • Salt to Taste

Time Required: 15 mins


Step 01) Heat up a wok with enough oil for deep frying

Step 02) When the oil gets smoky hot, drop the string beans into the oil and quickly fry them, just wrinkled skin of beans is enough, immediately transfer them in to paper towel to absorb the excess oil 

Step 03) In the same pan, add dried red chilies, chopped garlic & ginger paste and saute for 1 min. 

Step 04) Add grated potato, salt, garam masala and stir-fry until potato color turn to little brown & crispy and lastly add the string beans and mix it nicely so that all potato and masalas are coated evenly to beans.

Step 05) Serve with chapati.

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