Jul 10, 2013

Parupppu Usili / Beans Usili / Green Beans Cooked with Spiced Toor Dal - Iyengar Style

I have quite a few iyengar recipes in my blog. All the credits go to my friend, She taught me lots of her and her mum's recipe. They all turned out great. You can check out all those recipes here.

This is one of the recipe which she bought to lunch oneday. I asked her the recipe and she gave me, this as month's back. I always wanted to try this recipe for a very long time and finally the day arrived yesterday and i gave it a shot. The result was exactly same as hers.

The combination of little crispy and spicy dal cooked along with the soft tender beans was amazing. It goes perfectly with any spicy gravies. You can check out all the kulambu recipe here.

Preparation Time : 2 hours
Cooking Time : 20 mins
Serves - 4 to 5


Green Beans - 20 chopped finely
Toor Dal - 1 cup
Dry Red Chilli - 6
Asafoetida / Hing / Kaya Podi - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp
Oil - 4 tblspn
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1 tsp
Urad dal / Ulundam Paruppu - 1 tsp
Salt to taste


Start by Washing the dal. Now Soak toor dal for 1 to 2 hours. Drain them and set aside.

Take beans and salt in a saucepan and cover it with water. Bring it to boil and cook it for 10 mins till the beans is cooked. Drain it and set aside.

Take dry red chilli, salt, asafoetida, turmeric in a blender and blend them first. Once they are blended add in toor dal and make them to a coarse puree.

Heat oil in a kadai. Add in mustard and urad dal and let it sizzle.

Now add in the pureed dal mixture and keep frying till it becomes crumbles and gets cooked. It will take around 10 mins.

Now add in the cooked beans and mix well with the dal. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Stir fry this for 5 to 8 mins till everything is combined.

Serve hot with rice and any spicy gravy like pulikulambu.

Take all your ingredients

Beans is chopped, Dal has been soaked

Add salt to beans

Cover with water

Bring it to a Boil

Cover with a lid

Cook till the beans is tender

Drain them

Now take dry chilli in a blender

Add turmeric, asafoetida and salt to this

Crush them

Add in drained and soaked dal

Make them into a coarse puree

Heat oil in a kadai

Add in mustard and urad dal

Now add in pureed dal

Fry the dal mixture

Keep stiring till the dal is cooked

Once it is cooked

Add the cooked beans

Mix them with the dal

Keep stiring

Saute them til everything is combined

Serve hot


  1. Love paruppu usili very much, you have done beautifully.

  2. Looks totally yummy. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. ashaa saileswaranAugust 1, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Hi this tastes gud when made with cluster beans too! And u can also add curry leaves to the seasoning and garnish with grated coconut.

  4. man,
    you are so kind.. God is not needed or God has got no work when people start sharing ..

    Just amazing!! the recipe , the web presentation , the words..



  5. Amazing. Thanks for sharing,

  6. Nice recipe..Can I use Chana dal instead of toor dal?

  7. My SIL steams the dhal mixture, adds it to seasoning and cooks for a few minutes before adding the beans.

  8. Thanks, great recipe. My husband loved it.


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