Cluster Beans Usili

There's nothing much to discuss abt this veggie,  as we all know, it's a protein packed dish which is comforting and filling.... Am feeling lazy lately , don knw y , is this cos of weather ? or is it me ??? So no more talkies ,...straight to the recipe.

Ingredients :

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

Method :

Chop the cluster beans finely and make it ready . 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 leaves and onions.  Add the cluster beans and saute well. Add little bit of salt and saute well. Sprinkle some water else add half cup of water and mix well. Cover and cook the beans until it's cooked . Make sure all the water is evaporated .. U may add the crumbled dhal into this thadka + beans mixture and start stirring. Otherwise it will easily stick to the pan. u can stir this for a minute or so. Keep the flame in low. Let them marry and the flavours gets infused ...  Stir the mixture every now and then.  By doing this way u can reduce the amount of oil required to make this dish. . Usili  is ready to serve...

Note :

U may also cook the beans seperately . Add the cooked / crumbled channa dal mixture after finishing the thadka part/seasoning part and then add the cooked beans and mix well for 2 minutes and serve..

Sending this to MLLA hosted by Sandhya ,originally started by Susan 

Happy eating guys !!!


  1. Yummy usili and perfect with sambar rice...


  2. delicious and my favourite parupu usli.

  3. Usilis with closter beans look so delicious and healthy. Excellent recipe.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. Nice usili,my husbands fav...luv to have it with any rice..

  5. Give me some rite now, i can have it just like a snack,my fav..

  6. Delicious usili dear,comfort food,love it.

  7. Looks absolutely delicious and awesome ...

  8. Cluster bean usli looks delicious. i love cluster beans.

  9. my favourite parupu usli.looks Awesome

  10. Please discard the previous comment Shanavi.. i accidently pasted a youtube video. sorry!

  11. That looks so perfect and delicious..yumm yumm!!

  12. Perfect looking..loved the recipe!!

    US Masala

  13. Sho, drool here & I am home sick now...




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