Monday, October 15, 2007

Kothavarangai parrupu usili

This is my fav side dish. I usually like to take a cup of this curry , add 2 tbsp of yogurt. Mix well and eat it just like that. Try it , you might like it too. My hubby dosen't like to eat this combination. He likes to eat with plain rice, mor kuzhambu or puli kuzhambu. I have already blogged about green beans usili here. Gawar beans has a mild bitter taste, so adding a few pinches of sugar will mask that taste. You can skip adding sugar. I don't do it all the time. So, here is the recipe.

Gawar beans- 2 cups
onion- 1/2 (finely chopped)
channa dal -3/4 th cup
green chillies- 8
red chillies- 2 (broken)
ginger- 1 " piece
turmeric- 1/2 tsp
curry leaves- few
salt- as reqd
sugar- 2 pinches

Trim the ends of gawar beans and cut it into little pieces. Usually, I cut mine 1/2 " pieces. But this time (as seen in pic) I cut it a little big. But I felt it small cut ones are much better. Steam cook this in rice cooker with some salt and sugar.
Soak channa dal in 2 cups water for one or two hours. Drain and grind into coarse paste with salt, green chillies and ginger.
Heat oil in pan. Fry mustard seeds, urad dal and jeera seeds. Then add onions, red chillies, turmeric and curry leaves. After a few mins add the ground channa dal mixture and saute for 15 mins. Now add the steamed vegetable and mix well. check for salt. Serve with plain rice and puli kuzhambu. It tastes great with rasam saadham or curd rice too.Enjoy!!!


Asha said...

I love sweet and bitter tastes of Gawar beans too. I get occasionally. Looks great Kribha. I would love to sit down with that lunch!:))

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Kribha...I love this curry a lot...steamed rice and this curry go great :-)

Rohini's kitchen said...

wow paruppu usili looks delicious..I love paruppu usilis.

Kumudha said...

I too love this dish, but it has been a long time since I cooked it.

The thali looks so good, Kriba.

Rajitha said...

kribha..i love to eat it with yogurt too....the only difference is i add the usili in a big bowl of yogurt not 2 tbls ;)

TBC said...

I had posted my version of this some time back but yours is more healthier with dal.
It is slightly bitter and I normally add some jaggery to offset the bitterness.

indosungod said...

Kribha, the usili with gawar beans looks really inviting, like usili a lot but don't cook it that often and for some reason I don't see gawar beans in the Indian grocery store anymore.

Richa said...

hey, that looks yum :) nicely plated with papad and all...

Kribha said...

Hi Asha,
My hubby is a big fan of gawar beans too. Happy that u liked it. Will gladly send over the plate to you. Take care. Hugs.:))

Hi Sirisha,
I love this curry too. I eat this vegetable only if it is done as a usili. When I was little, my mom would mix it with plain rice and lots of ghee.Then she would make small small balls and feed my sister and me. Tasted heavenly.
Miss that so much.

Hi Rohini,
same pinch. I love any kind of usilis.

Hi Kumudha,
Thanks dear. Glad that u liked it. This is my fav too.

Hi Rajitha,
You sure are like me. I also like to eat usili mixed with a bowl of yogurt. When I wrote the post I was not sure how much quantity to write. But I do eat lots of curd with it.

I have seen your version earlier. I liked that too. But I wanted to post what I've been eating from childhood. I'm glad that you liked it.Thanks for the nice comment.

Too bad that you don't get gawar beans anymore. Still you can try it with okra or beans. Have a nice day.:))

Kribha said...

Hi Richa,
Thanks dear. Glad u liked it.

Roopa said...

yum i love this usili now i too make the same way :)

Happy cook said...

Yum pass me the plate i can eat them fully :-)

Lissie said...

what a nice dish! i love this vegetable. will try it sometime.

priar's, said...

Hi kribha,
ur kothavarangai parrupu usili is tempting.The plate with puli kolambu and appalam is mouth watering.
ஒரு வாய் சாப்பிடணும் போலிருக்கு....

Toothfairyrecipes said...

Hi Kribha
I've put up the picture for Ricotta stuffed shells now, hope you like it, I also made something with green beans last night, I boiled them for 5-6 minutes then fry them with some flour and garam masala powder, it was spicy and crunchy but it didnt look as good as yours:-)I am looking forward to try this one.
X Matin

Laavanya said...

My mom used to always make paruppu usli with kothavarangai... i use beans instead. This looks too good and I like both combinations with yogurt and with vathal kuzhambu/mor kuzhambu. The last shot is too tempting. :)

Suganya said...

Ain't this a classic. I love kothavarangai. The paruppu offsets the bitterness from kothavarangai.

Bharathy said...

Not a fan of kothavarai or usili..but I would love to have a platter with rice kuzhambu and appalam(yummy) like that if I were in a plce like US..:)

BTW, do you get good cluster beans there in US??

remya said...

really a sumputous meal kribha!!! i'm also not a fan of gawar beans...loved ur usli...anyways i like to try it with any other beans....

Kribha said...

Hi Roopa,
Glad to hear that you do it the same way too.

Hi HC,
Sure, I'm sending you this plate virtually. It's all yours. Enjoy!!!

Hi Lissie,
Glad you liked it. Do give it a try sometime. You won't be disappointed.

Hi Priar,
I was so happy to read your comment that too in tamil font. I'm so glad that you liked it.

Hi toothfairy,
Thanks for updating that post with a pic. I did see it and it was great. Your recipe sounds simple and intresting. Got to try that too. Happy that you liked mine. Do give it a try sometime. You might like it.

Hi Lavanya,
I also prefer usilis with okra or beans. But my hubby loves this veggie, so I do it for him once in awhile. The combination with mor kozhambu is great too. I forgot to mention it in my post. Glad that you liked the pictures.

Hi Suganya,
It's true. This is a classic dish. My fav too.

Hi Bharathy,
I know some people do not like it. I was not a big fan of this veggie either. Recently, I started loving it. And yes, we do get good gawar beans in US. Sometimes, even better than the ones in India.

Hi Remya,
That's ok. Some people don't like it. But you can try it with okra or green beans.

Asha said...

You have been tagged! Check Aroma but do it only if you have time!:))

Kribha said...

Sure Asha. Will do it soon.

lakshmi said...

how is your kiddo doing now? read at asha's - my nephew and niece both have wheezing and i can imagine how unnerving things can get - esp the rush to the hospital

Vcuisine said...

Paruppusuli with cluster beans - very nice kribha. The plate is awesome. Viji

Kribha said...

Hi Lakshmi,
First of all I'm sorry for my late reply. Thank you so much for your kind enquires. Kavin is doing a lot better now. Did survive without going to the emergency . But had a rough weekend though. Thanks again for asking. Hugs. :))

Hi Vijika,
Thanks . Glad you liked it.