Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Beans Usili | Beans with bengal gram Guest post

Hi Friends! You , me and all of us are connected here by one common interest, FOOD. After I started blogging , I have got some really good friends too. One such friend is Sonal.I'm so happy to mention that her timely inputs on blogging have given me lot of confidence.I'm amazed by her commitment and honesty. She blogs at simplyvegetarian777.Visit her for more vegetarian recipes .One fine day she asked me to do a guest post for her.I was happy as well as thrilled as this will be my first guest post.

Check the original post here : Simplyvegetarian777

Now coming to the recipe , it is an authentic item on any TAMBRAHM weddings.This will be a filling and nutritious side dish .

Here is the recipe ...


Green beans            11/2 cup (Finely chopped)
Split Bengal gram    1/2 cup
Dry Red Chillies      3
Turmeric Powder     1/4 tsp
Asafoetida 1/4 tsp
Salt To taste


Oil                           2 tsp
Mustard Seeds       1/2 tsp
Split Urad Dal       1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves        1 sprig


1.Soak Bengal gram for an hour along with dry chillies.
2.Grind soaked Bengal gram , red chillies, Asafoetida, turmeric and salt and some water (2 tbsp) to a coarse paste.
3.Boil the chopped green beans with very little water and little salt for few minutes so that it is cooked but still crunchy and set aside.
4.Heat oil in wide pan and add mustard seeds.
5.When mustard starts crackling, add the rest of the tempering ingredients.
6.Now add the coarsely ground paste and continue to stir continuously and cook in medium flame.
7.Slowly you will see the Bengal gram starts to form a mass and try to break them into tiny pieces.
8.This will take around 15 minutes but keep stirring and breaking the pieces into tiny balls and crumbs.
9.The size of the crumb should resemble petite green peas.
10.The end product is called Usili in Tamil.
11.Now add the cooked green beans and mix well.
12.Give it a taste and adjust if you need some salt.
13.Simmer and cover and cook for 5 minutes.

Traditionally this dish is served with Mor Kuzhambu, but you can also enjoy with Kadhis too.
Serve it as a side dish for rice or enjoy with roti.

Note :
You can try this recipe with long beans / cluster beans/capsicum too.

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