COLORED BELL PEPPERS PARUPPU USILI



Paruppu usili is a traditional Tamilian dish made with vegetables and lentils. The usual veggies, which go well for this are green beans and cluster beans cooked with channa dhal. This is usually served as a side dish with rice and rasam or any spicy gravies. I tried making paruppu usili with colored bell peppers and it turned out wonderful. Since the peppers were a little bit sweeter, I increased the heat level of the dish a little bit. It was totally a tasty and colorful dish

INGREDIENTS:
1. Colored bell peppers, 2.
2. Channa dhal, ½ cup.
3. Red onions, 3.
4. Green chilies, 2.
5. Ginger-garlic paste, 1 teaspoon, (optional).
6. Red chilies, small, 2.
7. Cumin seeds, ½ teaspoon.
8. Mustard seeds, ¼ teaspoon.
9. Curry leaves and cilantro for garnishing.
10. Salt as per taste.

PREPARATION:
Soak the channa dhal for 1 hour and grind it to a smooth paste with the red chilies and cumin seeds. Transfer the contents to a stainless steel container and steam them for 15-20 minutes and let it cool (I used idli plates and idli cooker for this). Once cooled crumble them into small pieces and keep aside. Meanwhile chop the bell peppers into small bite-size pieces, dice the onions finely, and slit the green chilies into 2. Heat a pan with a tablespoon of oil. When the oil is hot enough, add the mustard seeds and let it splutter. Then add the diced onions, curry leaves, and green chilies and sauté for a few minutes until the onions turn brown. Then add the ginger garlic paste, chopped bell peppers, and salt and keep sautéing for a few more minutes. When the peppers are half-done, add the crumbled channa dhal, mix everything well and keep cooking under medium-low flame for another 5-10 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve with rice and any spicy gravy.

34 comments:

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovely yummy recipe dear....inviting one

Nithya said...

Looks colorful and yumm :)

Tina said...

Lovely and colourful dish dear.....

Nandini said...

This a colorful usili with those capsicums! Very innovative and lovely!

kitchen queen said...

lovely parupu usuli though I haven't tried with red capsicum, I usually make with green capsicum.

shanthi said...

Colourful and yummy

Sushma Mallya said...

looks so colourful and seems really delicious too...And love the new look of ur blog too gita..

Priya said...

Paruppu usili with bellpeppers sounds delicious Gita, havent tried with paruppu usili with bellpeppers urs pulling me to try out..

Abhilash Pillai said...

No comments on the taste and the ingredients of colored bell peppers paruppu usili. A dish with a very short name indeed. :)

The picture looks colourful.

Faiza Ali said...

Looks so colorful and yummy yum...

Kalyani said...

looks colorful gita & yummy too .....

priya said...

colorful and delicious!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Blog looks bright now Gita! Nice recipe :)

Nostalgia said...

nice variation like it.

Padma said...

Looks colorful and yummy Gita. Nice try with bell peppers. Will try it out sometime :)

Vrinda said...

Nice recipe Gita..bookmarked,liked the way u cooked daal...

Shri said...

This is quite new to me..is very colorful!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

yummy and colorful too...
love the new template too!

Uma said...

I love paruppu usili. Looks so tempting Gita :)

kitchen queen said...

lovely and a colourful parupu usili with a nice click.

sangeeta said...

lovely n so colorful dish..

Gulmohar said...

Colorful and yummy..Interesting combo :-)

kothiyavunu said...

Colourful,Yum & lovely usili!!I can feel the great taste just by reading.

Usha said...

Wonderful idea making usili with bell peppers, looks so delicious !

Sarah Naveen said...

New refreshing look for the blog!!!
Curry looks delicious and colorful..

Cham said...

I ve made with green beans bell pepper sounds tasty and colorful!

Malar Gandhi said...

Kudai milagai paruppu usili is my fav' one...never tried with colord peppers, this sure looks colroful:)

Kanchan said...

Colorful and very innovative !

Viki's Kitchen said...

very unique usili.I will definitely try. Like the blog header too.

Nostalgia said...

Colorful..how bell pepper just peps up the color.. thanks for the recipe.

Valarmathi said...

Looks colorful and yummy.

Mythreyi Dilip said...

So innovative to add bell peppers to paruppu usili, looks awesome dear!

dhanya said...

is one of my fav usli. Looks colorful and yum:).

Chef Jeena said...

This is so delicious I love bell peppers yum yum.