Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Asparagus Paruppu Usili / Asparagus with Crumbled Lentils


Here I am with another traditional south indian dish, except with a very unconventional south indian vegetable. Paruppu Usili  is a side dish  generally made with beans, cluster beans, or plantain flower mixed with a crumbled toor dal,channa dal mixture. It is usually made on special occasions or on weekends  as in my household as it takes a little time to do it. I've used asparagus instead of the beans.

Asparagus was on sale and why not use it!

Get ready:

  • 1 bunch asparagus ( tender ones preferred)
  • 3 tbsp toor dal
  • 1 -2 red chilli
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seed
  • 1/2 tsp urad dal
  • few curry leaves
  • salt to tatse

Go:
  • wash the asparagus and chop them like beans. discard the tough stalks.
  • steam this asparagus in a pan or microwave with little salt and set aside.
  • Soak the dal for 20 -25 mins with red chilli.
  • coarsely grind them with a little salt and asafetida. Grease a idli stand and steam the ground paste in a pressure cooker for 10 -15 mins.
  • Let it cool.
  • In a pan, add oil do tadka with mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves.
  • Add the steamed lentil paste and crumble it till crispy stirring constantly. may take 5 mins or so.
  • Now add the steamed asparagus to the crumbled mixture, toss them all together.
  • adjust salt to taste and serve hot with rice, sambhar or rasam.

Delicious paruppu usili is ready!

14 comments:

  1. Nutritious and delicious paruppu usili..

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  2. I love asparagus ..... only that i grill it slightly with EVOO, a pinch of salt n lime juice.
    But this recipe is a keeper.

    Cheers,
    Satrupa

    http://satrupa-foodforthought.blogspot.com

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  3. Very healthy and exotic looking asparagus preparation.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  4. wow..thats a great recipe using asparagus!


    US Masala

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  5. That's very innovative recipe with asparagus. I'm sure it should have tasted great.

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  6. Very innovative recipe priya...!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  7. very new dish... never tried any dish with asparagus.... will try this soon...

    Dish Name Starts with F
    Learning-to-cook
    Regards,
    Akila

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  8. Ever since i first made this, am in love with it. Truly a great dish..

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  9. Unique recipe,healthy and delicious,love it

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  10. great and healthy recipe ..love the combo

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  11. Try the same with broccoli. It works very well in that combination too.

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  12. @Sujatha, thanks for the tip and will surely try it!,./,./,./

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