Monday, October 1, 2012

Vazhaipoo parupu usli

I prepare parupu usli whenever I do morkuzhambu or rasam. When I do sambhar I avoid it, since both are dals. Microwave method is very easy and saves lots of oil too. You can skip the microwave method and do straight in the pan, but have to add more oil. This type of usli can be done with different vegetables like beans,capsicum and cluster beans. I like the capsicum, it really tastes good. Try it....


  • Vazhaipoo - 1
  • Toor dal - 1/2 cup
  • Chana dal - 1/2 cup
  • Red chilly - 4
  • Saunf - 1 tsp
  • Grated coconut - 1 tbsp (optional)
  • Salt - as per taste
  • Cilantro - 1 tbsp

To temper :

  • Oil - 1tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 5
  • Asafoetida - a pinch


Clean the vazhai poo and chop finely. Boil the vazhaipoo with salt and strain it. Soak both the dals together for an hour. Drain the water, grind with red chilly, saunf, grated coconut and salt.

Grind to a coarse paste. Microwave for 3 minutes. Again grind to make it evenly or make into tiny pieces through hand.

Heat the oil in a wide pan add mustard seeds, urad dal, asafoetida, After mustard splatters add the microwaved dal. Fry for a minute. Then add the vazhaipoo and fry further for 2 minutes. Garnish with cilantro.

Serve with morkuzhambu and rice.


Priya said...

Seriously love this healthy usili, eventhough cleaning vazhaipoo need loads of patience, its really worth to try this usili.

Sangeetha said...

Vazhaipoo usili sounds very healthy n yummy side dish...good one!!

divya said...

Looks delicious.. Love the clicks..

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Love any kind of usili...very nicely made.

VineelaSiva said...

Wow nice repice.Its new to me.

jeyashrisuresh said...

Super tempting usiliand never tried adding coconut and fennel seed. neat presentation

Divya Pramil said...

Lovely clicks and step by step instructions :)
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Hema said...

Love this usili, adding dal like this reduces the bitterness of vazhaipoo..

Suja Manoj said...

Healthy stir fry,yum

Julie said...

Healthy & yummy dish:)
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Soo healthy, I am on a diet .. have to make this to add so twist to my regular usals

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Delicious looking usli...yum..

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

Yummy recipe, love this....looks delicious.

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