This is one of my favorite side dish. I was introduced to this side dish by my husband. Its a typical Iyengar specialty that goes very well with hot rasam or More Kohazambhu. I love to cook this during festival times.
Paruppu-ussili is typically cooked with lot of oil but I try to avoid oil as much as possible. Here is my healthy take on the recipe for this delicious dish .
1 cup beans cut into small pieces
4 tbsp Channa Dal
2 red chilli
Pinch of asafoetida
2 tsp oil(gingelly oil preferably)
1/2 tsp mustard
1/4 tsp turmeric
Salt to taste
Soak Channa Dal in warm water for 2 hours
Drain water completely and grind Channa Dal with red chilli , asafoetida and salt into coarse mixture.Do not add any water while grinding
Microwave this coarse mixture for 10 minutes with little water.
Microwave beans with very little water and salt for 5 min.Ensure that beans is only half cooked.
Heat oil in a vessel.Add mustard and wait for it to splutter.
Add turmeric,beans ,channa dal mixture salt and cook this together for about 10 minutes on high heat
Serve hot with rice or as a side dish.