Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Dal fry - Paruppu usili


Bengal gram dal - Kadalai paruppu - 1/2 cup
Red gram - Thuvaram Paruppu - 1 table spoon
Cumin seeds - Jeeragam - 1 tea spoon
Red chillies - Kaintha milagai - 2 nos.
Curry leaves
Mustard seeds - Kadugu - 1 tea spoon
Asafoetida - Perungayam - a pinch
Salt to taste
Oil for frying


  1. Wash and soak both dals along with one red chilly and cumin seeds for an hour and grind them to a coarse paste. Add only little water. Pour the paste in idly plate and pressure cook it.
  2. Then split into small pieces with hands. Heat oil in a pan/kadai, splutter mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, red chilly, add little asafoetida and add the dal. Mix them well adding little salt. Fry them for some 5-10 minutes.

Paruppu usili is delicious and ready to be served. It can be served with any rice item. Any vegetables can be cooked and added to this. It takes some 15 minutes to prepare other than soaking time. It can be served for 3 persons.

Note: Since red gram will be more soft when grinded only a table spoon is more than enough. While keeping in idly cooker care must be taken so that it is not overcooked, else it will become too hard to break. It can be kept in microwave oven also. Then 3 minutes is more than enough if kept in oven. Some pour water in the cooker, place a stand/Piramanai and keep a plate, apply little oil and place the grinded dal and cook it. Anyways we can cook the dal.

Optional: Ingredients can be added/removed.

Everything I eat has been proved by some doctor or other to be a deadly poison, and everything I don't eat has been proved to be indispensable for life. But I go marching on
George Bernard Shaw

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