Thursday, April 16, 2009

Italian Flatbeans Paruppu Usili

Italian flat beans are a form of bean with broad and flattened pods, they ressembles lik green beans but they are larger and flatter than green beans, like other beans italian beans come in two forms, the first green bean form is eaten whole, pod and all, the green beans form will be crispy, crunchy with a mild beany flavour, overcooked itlian flat beans will get mushy and dull in flavour, the second form is the dried one, italian beans are allowed to mature on the vine, so that the pods can be split to reveal dried beans, the beans are sometimes called as Romanao beans and they have high nutritional value, which require a long cooking time...I usually buy fresh italian flat beans at farmer's market, this time i want to prepare as paruppu usili with these flat italian beans, they turned out marvellous and we loved it much..Can try paruppu usili with cabbage, cluster beans, french beans, carrots etc...protein packed healthy side dish goes prefectly with rice dishes...


2cups Italian flat beans (chopped)
1no Onion (chopped)
1/4tsp Mustard seeds+Urad dal
2nos Green chillies(slit opened)
3nos Curry leaves
2tbsp Grated coconut
Salt
Oil

For Usili:
1cup Channa dal + toor dal
2nos Red chillies
1no Green chillies
1pinch Asafoetida powder
1tsp Ginger (chopped)

Soak the dals for 2 hours, drain the dals well and take the dals with green chillies an read chillies with salt, asafoetida powder in a mixer, grind them coarsely, add the ginger to the paste...dont grind them as smooth paste, in a steamer without whistle, steam the grounded mixture from about 10 minutes, once cooled , crumble it well with your hands..

Heat enough oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds, urad dal..let them crack, add the chopped onion and slit opened green chillies and curry leaves, saute until the onion turns transculant, add the chopped italian flat beans, saute for few minutes in simmer with enough salt until the beans get cooked (italian beans get easily cooked if they are cooked in simmer with lid closed), add the scrambled dal to the cooked italian beans and cook everything in medium high flame for 5 minutes, finally add the grated coconut and toss gently..

Serve hotas side dish for any rice dishes!!

24 comments:

Pooja said... Reply To This Comment

Does Usili mean seasoning priya?Nice dish..love any veggie fry with coconut..

Arundathi said... Reply To This Comment

Love all kinds of paruppu usli. this sounds delicious.

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Parita said... Reply To This Comment

The dish looks delicious and its very different, I am not sure if we get Italian Flat beans here, need to check out.

Ramya Vijaykumar said... Reply To This Comment

Priya you amaze me again... I made usli once before it dint turn out well so I havent ventured into it after should take your recipe and try!!!

Asha said... Reply To This Comment

I love them too, I always have a frozen bag in my freezer. Usli looks fab! :)

Suparna said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Priya,
healthy one yet again priya...interesting usili have book marked it.
TC

Uma Thirumurugan said... Reply To This Comment

Paruppu usili with flatbeans looks delicious, very different side dish..Will try soon

Ashwini said... Reply To This Comment

Love them and make them all the time..Yumm.

Gita's Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

Wow parupu usili with Italain flatbeans! good one Priya, love it dear :)

Ann said... Reply To This Comment

Usli looks super yummy Priya..

Cham said... Reply To This Comment

That looks delicious Priya the usili!

Vicky Xavier. said... Reply To This Comment

Paruppu usili always tastes good . Urs make me drooling.

Ashwini said... Reply To This Comment

luv ur usilli..good one!!!

Deepa Hari said... Reply To This Comment

Love paruppu usli....looks yum with the flatbeans...nice one Priya.

Divya Vikram said... Reply To This Comment

Great with paruppu n rice!

Mahimaa's kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

super po..nice variation to beans usuli.

Uma said... Reply To This Comment

looks so delicious and tempting.

Superchef said... Reply To This Comment

i love this beans!!! the usli looks delicious.

Ammu said... Reply To This Comment

Usli looks simple & delicious.

Varsha Vipins said... Reply To This Comment

similar to ur thoran..bestest combo with plain rice n rasam..slurpp..:)

Vaishali said... Reply To This Comment

Yum, paruppu usili is one of my huge favorites. Love the idea of using these flat beans. Great job, Priya.

Madhumathi said... Reply To This Comment

Never tried usili with this veggie..I'm sure it will taste yum!

EC said... Reply To This Comment

Usli is really healthy Priya..I normally make it with beans..thanks for the entry