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.


  1. We call this as patoli....Looking colourful..

  2. Lavi gorgeous beans usili, i have seen this microwave beans usili in microwave cooking through a tv show..u did it!!will try soon..

  3. I have not heared of Patoli Prathiba.. Thanks for info. and visit!

    Priya..I thought,iam discovering this microwave version. but later googled and found many similar recipe's:)

  4. Nice pic dear..looks colourful and yum

  5. Looking yummy lavi... Nice pics....

  6. Wow, such a lovely picture Lavi...looks great :)

  7. Oh..such a colorful dish..looks gorgeous :)

  8. Hi Lavi,
    am a digger for recipes with less oil, rhis one looks perfect and healthy :) the snaps are complimenting the dish very well dear.

  9. Nice Pic... Useful information on the Saunf

  10. Ur pict is gorgeous, I would love to eat usili and some kara kuzhambu!

  11. Great recipe Lavi. I love you made usli in the m/w. This is a great, quick and easy way to have them anytime.

  12. I don't cook much with the MW. This recipe is a good start!

  13. sounds good..have to try using the microwave..

  14. Thanks for your lovely comment in my blog Lavi and beans usili looks yum and quick and easy way and pic. looks so beautiful

  15. Beans usli in microwave that sounds great!!! this should have saved a lotta time and labor!!!

  16. Sounds delicious! easy to make it in MW..

  17. Looks delicious, I love beans! Hope you don't mind but I'd love to direct Foodista readers to your blog. Just add your choice of widget and you're all set!

  18. This looks so colourful and fresh!

  19. Such a wonderful idea, This recipe looks so royal that I can wait to prepare it and cherish the taste.

  20. Lovely pic i too make the same way minus saunf and MW.Do visit me for a surprise

  21. Lavi, I too have a microwave version of paruppu usili, which my Lalitha Manni taught me when I last visited India. I love how convenient it is!
    Your usili sounds delicious-- I've never tried saunf in it, but I can imagine it's a great addition. I am definitely going to try it your way the next time.


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