Friday, May 15, 2009

Beans Usili - Microwave Version

Bean's Poriyal and Beans Usili are the Poriyal's that i cook alternatively every week. Usili is my favourite, and i love cooking this in microwave for a less oil version of usili. If you feel, that cooking dal's in microwave makes it harder, then you have to sprinkle some water over it, to get them cooked soft.

Bean's Paruppu Usili

A Protein and Fibre Packed South Indian Poriyal.

Bean's Usili - Microwave Version

[Serves - 2]

Soaking Time: 2 hrs.

Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes.


Bean's - 250 gms
Toor/Tuvar Dal - 1 cup
Chana Dal - 1 cup
Dried Red chillies- 3
Turmeric powder - 1/ 4 tsp
Fennel / Saunf / Sombu - 1/2 tsp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Urad Dal - 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves- 10
Oil- 1 tsp


Soak the Toor,Chana dals and chillies for 2 hours. Drain and Grind them with Saunf/fennel, little salt and with 1 tbsp water into a coarse paste. Crumble them into small pieces.

Spread them on a Microwave safe Bowl and Microwave it on High for three minute's.

Chop your bean's into half-inch size. and microwave them on high for about 5 minute's.

In a pan, Heat oil, add mustard and some saunf. add urad dal, and fry till they turn golden color. add Curry leaves, The microwaved and crumbled dal. coat them with oil and fry them for a minute.

Now add the cooked bean's and mix well with the dal. fry them for a minute in a slow flame.

Beans Usili - Microwave Version

Serve hot with Rasam or kuzhambhu.

Why Do we Add Saunf / Sombu ?

Fennel seeds can relax the intestines and reduce digestive disorders. In this way, Hard to digest Dal's easily digest's with the use of saunf.

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