Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Beans Paruppu Usili

1 lb Beans2 tsp Mustard SeedsOil
1 cup Chana Dal1 pinch HingSalt
1 cup Tur Dal1 pinch Turmeric
7-8 Dry Red Chillies
5-6 Curry Leaves

Soak the dry Red Chillies, Chana Dal and Tur Dal in warm water for about 4 hours.
Grind this soaked dal and chillies into a fine paste adding a little water and appropriate amount of salt.
In a large flat non-stick skillet, add about 2 tbsp of oil and pour this dal paste and set on a medium flame for about 4-5 minutes.
This will then cook underneath like an Adai.
Gently lift this pancake to see if the surface below is golden brown.
Once it is, flip it to cook the upper side. If it is too big to flip, cut it into quarters and flip one by one.
Once both side are really well cooked, poke a knife into the center to see if it comes out dry.
Transfer it to a plate and let it cool completely.
Finely chop the beans.
In a skillet, add 2-3 tsp oil and let the mustard splutter.
Add the hing, kadhi patta, turmeric and beans.
Add enough salt for the beans.
Saute until well cooked.
Once the dal pancake has cooled, either crumble it with your fingers or coarse grind in the food processor.
Add this crumbled dal mixture into the beans and saute until crisp and brown.

This dish can also be served without the beans. Just saute the crumbled dal with the seasoning.
Cook until crisp and brown and serve.

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