Thursday, January 19, 2012

Long Beans Masala Usili

          Usili is a dish which has both vegetable and protein, all rolled into one yummy curry. It can be made with many vegetables, I made the usili with long beans and it's a slightly different version, this is a recipe that I got from Dakshin, a cookbook by Chandra Padmanabhan, I love all her recipes. This goes well with the More Kuzhambu that I had blogged earlier..

Need To Have

  • Long Beans - chopped 2 cup
  • Mustard Seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Urad Dal - 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin Seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Curry Leaves - 1 sprig

To Grind

  • Chana Dal - 3 tablespoon
  • Urad Dal - 1 tablespoon
  • Coriander Seeds - 2 tablespoon
  • Dried Red Chillies - 2
  • Tamarind - marble-sized
  • Peanuts - 1 tablespoon

          Cook the long beans with salt, roast all the ingredients given under to grind and make a coarse paste with tamarind and little water. Steam this paste in idli moulds on stove-top or in a idli-maker in the microwave. Cool them, break into pieces and pulse them in a mixie to make it into usili or crumbled mixture. Heat oil, season with mustard, cumin seeds, urad dal, asafoetida and curry leaves, add the crumbled mixture and salt, mix for 5 mins, add the cooked beans, mix well and serve. This goes well with any kind of more kuzhambu or even with a Gujarati kadhi.

In the original recipe, coconut is used, I replaced it with peanuts, not for any particular reason except that I had used coconut in another dish on the same day.
You can fry the paste in a kadai to crumble it, but it takes a lot of oil, doing it this way you can do it with a couple of teaspoons of oil.
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  1. Healthy and delicious recipe,your picture makes me drool....

  2. This is a perfect combination for the below more kuzhambu, bliss...

  3. i learned this recipe from a neighbour of mine and we all are hooked to it. looks delicious and the clicks are simply stunning.

  4. lovely recipe............healthy n awesome combo

  5. Super tempting usili,thanks for leaving ur precious comments Hema,glad to know u and ur space..

  6. Delicious,healthy and mouthwatering . Excellent recipe.

  7. Simple n very delicious recipe.
    Thank u for visiting my blog. I glad to follow u.

  8. healthy looking beans looks fabulous

  9. yum! this reminds me of pathrode batter... love this recipe, will go fabulously with curd rice :)