February 23, 2010

Broccoli Paruppu usli

Paruppu usli is a vegetarian side dish. As the name suggests it takes dal (paruppu) as its main ingredient. This can be made with beans, cabbage or raddish. I tried this recipe with Broccoli and the combination came out really well.


Broccoli florets – 1 cup (cut them into small florets)
Onion – 1 (finely chopped)
Red chilly – 1
Mustard seeds -1 tsp
Urad dal- 1 tsp
Oil – 1 tbsp

For Usli:
Channa Dal – ½ cup (soak for 30 mts)
Fenel seeds (Sombu) – 1 tsp
Red chilly – 1


1. Grind the soaked channa dal with fennel seeds, salt and red chilly to a coarse paste without adding water

2. Microwave for 2-3 mts (or steam for 5-7 mts) this paste till it becomes dry

3. Grind the dried dal mix again to make it as a coarse powder. Now the paruppu /dal is ready for usli

4. Heat a pan with oil and add mustard seeds, urad dal and red chilly

5. Add Onions and sauté for a while

6. To this add broccoli and salt and keep on medium flame for 2-3 mts

7. After the moisture is absorbed (broccoli will get cooked fast) add the ground paruppu/dal and mix well. Keep on a low flame ad keep stirring every while. (If needed add a little more oil)

8. Remove from flame when it is dry.

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