Vegetable Usili


  • Vegetables: Green Beans, Kothavarakai (Cluster beans), Vazhaipoo (Plaintain flower) – 0.25 Kg (0.5 pound) finely chopped
  • Channa dal 1 cup
  • Toor dal ¾ cup
  • Cumin 2 tsp
  • Red chilies 10
  • Mustard seeds 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder 1 pinch
  • Curry leaves


  1. Prep:
    • Add a pinch of turmeric powder to the finely chopped vegetables and cook with enough water and cook the vegetables until the water is gone
  2. Soak the channa dal and toor dal in water for 2 hours and drain the water
  3. Add the red chilies, cumin, and salt and grind coarsely without adding water
  4. Steam cook the mix for 7 minutes and allow it to cool
  5. Grind the mix again for around 30 seconds to make a coarse mix
  6. In a pan head 6 tsp oil and fry the mustard seeds and when they start to splutter add the coarse ground mix and fry for a minutes
  7. Add the cooked vegetables and fry for a minute
  8. Add the curry leaves and turn off the stove
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