Cluster beans Parupu Usili / Kothavarangai Usili/ Cluster beans lentil crumble

  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

To grind 

Toor dal – 1/4 cup
Chana dal – 1/4 cup
Dry red chillies – 4 nos
Green chilli – 1 -2 nos
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

For tempering

Oil – 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
dry red chillies – 2 nos
Curry leaves

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.

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