Long beans parpu usli / Long beans cooked with ground and steamed lentil

For this months blog hop i visited Priya Srinivasan's blog : http://enveetukitchen.blogspot.com . Thoroughly enjoyed  browsing through her wonderful recipes and finally decided on cooking her mom's parpusli. She has used french beans but i had  long beans which we call achiyga payar in kerala so used it.

Long beans  - 2 cups , chopped
Toor Dal (Any split lentil of choice) - 1/4 cup   
Red chili - 5-6
Curry leaves - a few 
Hing  - two pinches or 1/8 tsp if using store brought powder
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp

Step 1: Usli Preparation
  1. Wash and soak the dal in water  for 30 minutes.
  2. Without adding any water ,pulse the dal ,red chili and salt together in grinder.
  3. Grind it  to a very coarse paste.
  4. Steam the dal mixture, till a tooth pick comes clear.
  5. Once cooled pulse it in again in grinder for few times and set aside.

Step 2

  1. Wash and chop the beans to tiny pieces and keep aside.
  2. Heat oil and add the hing and mustard  and let it pop.
  3. Add the curry leaves , turmeric and beans and mix well.
  4. Add 1/4  cup water, salt  and cover and cook.
  5. When the beans is tender, add the usli from step 1.
  6. Mix well and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  7. Serve it with hot rice and sambar or rasam .
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  1. Usili looks really good, I too do it the same way..

  2. yummu usili, never tried with long beans.

  3. Thanks for trying out nisha!!! Looks yum and healthier version of steaming the dal!!

  4. yummy dish with long beans....awesome

  5. Sounds delicious and a healthy Subzi :)

  6. looks delicious, want to try this soon...:)

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  7. blog hopped here :) i do i the same way too! we love it! do drop by my space sometime :)

  8. Hot steaming usili! Lovely capture and delicious recipe!

  9. Tastes good with hot rice and ghee, looks aweesome...

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    1. Hello Nisha, First time here. Liked the clean look of your blog and the new recipes. Will be coming back often.

  11. Hi Nisha,
    First time in your blog.Thanks for your visit.Lovely delicious recipe ...a must try for me!

  12. Nice one. First time here. Happy to follow u