October 24, 2011

Vazhaipoo Paruppu Usili

My MIL is an ardent fan of anything to do with gram dal. Paruppu Usili is definately on top of the list. Add it to the goodness of Banana Blossoms, just an awesome dish for lunch. You can also try this with cluster beans, french beans. Infact it tastes great without any vegetable as well.

Banana Blossom - 1
Gram Dal - 1 cup
Toor Dal - 1/2 cup
Urad Dal - 1 tbsp
Red Chili - 8
Asafoetida - a pinch
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Curry Leaves - a little
Salt to taste
Oil for cooking

Clean and finely chop Banana Blossom. Click here to know how to clean and use Banana Blossom.
Cook in boiling water for 10 minutes. Set it aside.
Soak the dals for an hour. Grind into a fine paste along with red chilies, asafoetida and salt, with a very little amount of water or none.
If apprehensive about cooking gram dal, first steam the paste in a idly pan and then follow the steps below, else skip the steaming part.
Heat oil, add mustard seeds and once it splutters; add curry leaves and the paste. Cook on low flame throughout.
Keep stirring, the paruppu usili is cooked when the paste is not sticky and it crumbles easily.
Add cooked banana blossom to this and stir for 5 more minutes.
I usually mix it with rice, gingelly oil and have it with Morkozhambu or MorKootu as the side.

Im sending this to Ramya's ABC Series : B for Banana

Bon Appetit!!


Kaveri said...

First time to your space...you have a wonderful space with yummy recipes...glad to follow you..

Vazhaipoo usli is one of my favorites..but we hardly find it here

Ramya said...

unique dish...will try sometime