Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Kothavarangai Paruppu Usili Recipe | Cluster Beans Recipes

Kothavarangai Paruppu Usili
Paruppu Usili is a very popular brahmin/iyengar recipe...I have had many readers asking for cluster beans paruppu usili so thought its high time I post it with stepwise. We had it with rice and arachuvita kuzhambu.
And one more thing I am just in the process of changing few things here in the site...so any unsual activity/changes you see?! its me working on it so please dont panic :) Now lets get on to learn how to make paruppu usili.
Cluster Beans Usili

Kothavarangai Paruppu Usili Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Kothavarangai(Cluster Beans) - 2 cups chopped
Salt - to taste

To grind to a coarse paste:

Toor Dal - 1/8 cup
Channa Dal - 1/8 cup
Dried Red Chillies - 2

To temper:

Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad Dal - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - a sprig
Turmeric powder - a generous pinch
Hing - a small pinch


  1. Trim the edges and chop cluster beans finely.Rinse it well and boil it with enough water for the veggie to get cooked.Cluster Beans Usili_step1
  2. Once the beans gets cooked(turns soft), set aside. Now take both the dals and rinse it well. Soak it in water for an hour atleast.Cluster Beans Usili_step2
  3. Drain water and grind the dals along with red chillies to a coarse mixture. Boil water in idli pan, spread the coarse mixture on the steamer plate and steam it for 5-7mins,Cluster Beans Usili_step3
  4. Once done cool down and then crumble it with your hands, set aside. Now heat oil in a kadai - add the items listed under 'to temper' let it splutter.Then add the dal mixture.Cluster Beans Usili_step4
  5. Saute till golden brown then add the cooked cluster beans and mix well. Add required salt.Cook for 3mins until the dal mixture blends well with the veggie.Switch off.Cluster Beans Usili_step5
Serve with rice and any curry of your choice!
Kothavarangai Paruppu Usili

My Notes:

  • Make sure to grind it coarse, if it becomes a paste then you will not get the perfect texture.So make sure to drain water completely.
  • Spreading and then steaming it helps crumbling easily.
  • You can use the same recipe for making with any veggie you like....flatbeans,beans,vazhaipoo etc.
  • Add water only till immersing level of the beans, that is enough for it to get cooked.
Cluster Beans Paruppu Usili Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. wow, luks super!!!

  2. all time fav...kothavarangai usili looks so inviting!!

  3. This is one of my fave, looks absolutely delicious and yummy.

  4. delicious looking paruppu usli dear :)

  5. Usli looks so delicious and colorful. Must have tasted awesome.

  6. my ever favourite recipe of my mom cooking.... you made it perfect.... well done

  7. My family's all time fav. Nicely done

  8. Looks very inviting, a healthy dish with both lentils & veggie !

  9. Protein packed dish..looks so good..

  10. I tried it....it tasted good....Thanks for the recipe !!!!!!!!

  11. Thank you.. worked out fine :)


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