Day 5 of blogging marathon and my theme is ‘Tamil Nadu’ specials. Paruppu usili is basically a mix of lentil crumble and vegetables. Being vegetarian lentils are an important source of protein and is on the menu in one form or the other every day. Although this is a famous dish in South India I learnt this dish only after my wedding. Mostly green beans is used for this, but when my MIL visited us, she made this dish using cabbage and it tasted delicious. Ever since that I have been making usili with different vegetables like asparagus, broccoli, etc. Irrespective of the vegetable this is one tasty dish. Paruppu usili pairs very well with morkuzhambu. I have steamed the lentil balls plus I have used a healthy vegetable broccoli making this a very healthy dish. Now let us see how this is made.
1/2 cup toor dal
3 red chillies
Pinch of asafoetida
Soak the dals and red chillies for abour an hour.
Take the soaked dals in a blender.
Grind with asafoetida and salt to a coarse mix.
Make small balls with the ground mixture.
Steam the balls for about 15 minutes.
Let the balls cool for few minutes and then crumble them into small pieces.
Meanwhile steam the broccoli for say 5-10 minutes.
Heat a pan and season with mustard seeds. Add the lentil crumble. Saute for few minutes but if you want a crisper crumble saute longer.
Add the steamed broccoli and mix well. Adjust salt level if needed.
Healthy and tasty broccoli paruppu usili ready. We had it with vatha kuzhambu and kovakkai fry.
1. Beans, broccoli, cabbage. kothavaranga. etc can be used for this dish.
2. The lentil crumble freezes well. With that it is very easy to put this dish together.
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35 Responses to Broccoli Paruppu Usili – Healthy Version
Just love it. I make this with onion too when I run out of vegetables.
Nice combination! Paruppu usli is a delicacy…
really a wonderful recipe……..have never tried this before………..
It gives a gr8 satisfaction when you have such kind of healthy and delicous dish..
Perfectly delicious…..a wonderful way to make broccoli lovable to kids!
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absolutely delicious dear..lovely recipe..healthy dish..thanks for sending it to my event..
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Love paruppu usili.. broccoli usili sounds yummy..
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Yum, love the usili and thanks for step by step pics.
An excellent way to eat broccoli!
Healthy and yummy looking usili… Love usili of any veggie…
Healthy one… Should be a great side dish with rice,,
HEALTHY BROCCOLI FRY…PARUPPU USILI WITH BROCCOLI SOUNDS INTERESTING N INNOVATICE..THEY LOOK SO GOOD …HEY U ROCK GAL!!!
nice looking brocolli dish, very healthy
Nice side dish, sounds great..loved the combo
wow..thats a very healthy nutritious version,love to have that!!
sounds very interesting and looks delicious and healthy too!!
Us;i from broccoli?? Wow..!!!!
sounding very yummy brocolli usili. Thanks for the lovely virtual feast, vardhini.
I tried the apple pie in microwave + grilling mode. It was ok as the crust became too much crispy but taste was very good. Planning to buy one with convection / baking mode to try out the yummy recipes published by my blogger friends like you
I love broccoli and this dish looks great! I like how it can also be adapted to include other ingredients.
Nice side dish for the meal.I love broccoli flavour too..nice combo.
I love broccoli! This is going to be one of my favorites! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!
I too make parupu usili the steaming version only all the times,with broccoli it sure sounds like a nice idea!
ஹெல்தியான உசிலி…நிறைய பேருக்கு ப்ரேக்கோலி பிடிக்காது…அவங்களுக்கு இப்படி செய்து கொடுத்தால் நல்லா இருக்கும்..
Nice use of broccoli here …looks fab
Usili is my fav dish. Loved the way you made broccoli
What a way use broccoli
Very nice recipe.. looks awesome !!
Nice idea…looks yumm
Love parupu usili simply with rasam rice, looks super delicious and healthy..
This is a healthy and yummy looking dish! I love broccoli! Have a great week!
Very interesting idea vardhini..this sure is very healthy.
Broccoli is my favourite veggie and usili my favourite side dish, both together is a big Wow! for me. Looks very delicious.
Wow sure a interesting idea….