A side dish i can never think of hating it even if i have regularly. Usili will be there in every southindian's marriage ,either they make it with cluster beans or simply beans depending upon the availability and costs. Likewise, u can make this dish using thuvar dhal only, or channa dal only, or a combination of using both the dhals. The dish is gonna taste awesome whatever dhal is being used.. this is such a comforting side dish and ofcourse a filling one cos of the abundancy of proteins in this dish..
Beans Chopped -- 2 cups (i've used frozen beans )
Channa dhal -- 3/4 - 1 cup (ur choice)
Dry red chilly -- 3 to 4
Onions -- finely chopped --1/2
Mustard seeds -- 1 tsp
Curry leaves -- 1 sprig
Hing -- less than 1/4 tsp
Salt -- to taste.
Oil --as reqd
Blanch the beans by cooking them in hot water (with salt) for 5 minutes ( frozen beans cooks faster, cook some more time,till it's 3/4th done if u use fresh beans ) and plunge them into ice cold water to stop the cooking process. Soak the channa dhal for minimum half an hour and grind the dhal coarsely with red chillies and hing and half the amount of salt requiredby adding very little water. Steam the dhal paste in a idli cooker as u cook idli for 10 minutes. Take out the cooked dhal idlies and rest for 10 minutes. Crumble it into pieces after it is cooled.Take a wide pan and do the thadka. Heat the oil and add the mustard seeds.wait till it splutter and then add the curry laeves and onions. Saute well. U may add the crumbled dhal into this thadka and start stirring. Otherwise it will easily stick to the pan. u can stir this for a minute or so. finally u may add the beans and keep the flame in low. cook the beans thoroughly. It will not take more time since the beans is already half cooked. Stir the mixture every now and then. By doing this way u can reduce the amount of oil required to make this dish. switch off once the bean is fully cooked and serve. Fot those who thinks this process is long, may opt the following one... u may half cook the beans after finishing the thadka part/seasoning part and then u can add the cooked channa dhal mixture and cook. Thatz it, ur usili is ready to be eaten.