Lentil Crumble

Paruppu usili (lentil crumble with veggies) is one of the most popular south Indian sides served with rice. For people on weight-loss diet a bowl of usili can be taken as a mid-morning meal; it makes them feel full and it contains protein, fiber, vitamins & minerals. Also it can be packed as a healthy snack for children.

Usili may be prepared with vegetables like carrots, plantain flowers, beans & cluster beans or a combination of more than one vegetable. We can serve usili as a side for rice with any kuzhambu, it goes well particularly with mor-kuzhambu.

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Here is the recipe for carrot & beans usili.

Time Taken: 30 min
Serves : 4
Ingredients:

  1. Carrot – 1 No. (large)
  2. Beans – 15 Nos.
  3. Oil – 1 tsp
  4. Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  5. Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
  6. Coconut – 3 pieces (2 inch each)
  7. Lentils – 1/2 cup
  8. Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  9. Green chillies – 2 Nos
  10. Ginger – 1 inch piece
  11. Salt – 1 tsp
  12. Asafoetida (hing) – 1/2 tsp


Cooking Method:

  • Wash & soak lentils in a bowl of water for half an hour .
  • Wash carrots & beans and chop them into small cubes.
  • Steam vegetables in a steamer until they become soft & keep aside.
  • Grind soaked lentils, green chillies, cumin seeds and ginger into a smooth paste without adding water.
  • Transfer lentil paste to a greased bowl, close it with a plate and pressure cook (simmer for 10 min after bringing to high pressure).
  • When lentils return to room temperature, chop them roughly.
  • Grind coconut into a coarse powder without adding water.
  • Add cooked lentils and whisk together and keep aside.
  • Heat a pan with oil, add mustard seeds, when they start to splutter add curry leaves.
  • Add steamed vegetables, asafoetida & half a teaspoon salt and saute for a minute.
  • Add lentil mixture & remaining salt and mix them well.
  • Now colorful usili is ready to serve.


Please Note:

  • I prefer cooking lentil mixture rather than stir frying as it does not require oil.
  • I used green gram as it is light to take than adding red gram or Bengal gram.
  • If you use other lentils, you may have to soak longer and follow the same cooking method.
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