Pictured – Rice with Cluster beans Usli / Bittergourd theeyal/Pavakka theeyal.
Cluter beans usli/ kothavarangai usli is a popular Brahmin/ Iyengar recipe made with vegetabels and lentils. This dish is protein rich.
Best accompaniments are rice, sambar. moru curry, Bittergourd theeyal.
Cluster beans/ – 250 gm
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Toor dal – 1/4 cup
Chana dal – 1/4 cup
Dry red chillies – 4 nos
Green chilli – 1 -2 nos
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Oil – 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
dry red chillies – 2 nos
Coconut grated – 1/4 cup (optional)
Wash and Soak Toor dal and chana dal for 1 hour.
Clean and cut cluster beans in to pieces and cook till soft with, little water, salt and 1/2 tsp turmeric powder.
Grind dry red chillies, green chillies, asafoetida. jeera and salt first into a coarse mixture. Now add soaked dal and grind coarsely. (Add no water when you grinding)
Grease a plate with oil and spread the ground coarse mixture on the steamer and steam for 5 minutes. Crumble the steamed dal with your hands.Keep this aside.
Heat oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds. Add curry leaves and dry red chillies.
Now add cooked cluster beans and fry for a minute, add crumbled dal and mix well . Add grated coconut (optional) and stir well. Switch off the stove.Serve hot with rice restaurant style arachuvitta sambar, Bitter gourd theeyal, Moru Kachiyathu etc.