Brocolli Paruppu Usili

This dish is one of the most exotic, nutritious and wholesome dry curry as it is a combination of lentils and vegetables.  Brocolli is the vegetable used in this recipe.  Broccoli is a vegetable that belongs to the cabbage family.  
It is high in Vitamin C, very nutritious and has anti-cancerous properties.  
In order to preserve the nutrients and the benefits of this vegetable, it is recommended to steam or stir fry the vegetable rather than cooking it.

To ensure that the curry is light and fluffy, follow the method of breaking the dal as it is outlined in the recipe, which has never failed me in more than 2 decades!!
This dish is one of our family favourite too!!!

Ingredients to serve 6 people

1½ Cups small florets
4 Tbs  Oil
¾ Cup Toor Dal
¼ Cup Channa Dal or Yellow Split Peas
2 Cups Water (to soak the dals)
1-2 Red Chillies
½ Tsp. Turmeric Powder
1-2 Tsp. Salt

For Seasoning

2 Tbs. Oil
1 Tsp. Mustard Seeds
1 Tsp. Urad dal
¼ Tsp. Asafoetida Powder
Few Sprigs Curry Leaves

Brocolli Paruppusili

Brocolli Paruppusili


Soak the toor dal, channa dal, red chillies in about 2 cups of water for 2-3 hours
Drain the water and grind the above into a soft mixture
Steam the ground mixture in a pressure cooker for 5 minutes (without placing the weight)
When it cools down, scoop a tablespoon of the mixture, add a drop of oil and blend it for a few seconds in the blender.
The mixture turns powdery.
Repeat the process for the entire mixture and keep aside.

Heat two tablespoons of oil
Stir fry the chopped brocolli  for about 5-6 minutes and set aside

Heat the remainder of the oil in a pan
Add the mustard seeds
When the mustard seeds crackle, add the urad dal, turmeric powder, asafoetida powder and curry leaves
Fry it till the urad dal turns golden brown.
Add the powdered mixture and fry for about 2 minutes.
Gently fold in the stir fried vegetable and salt.
Fry it on a low flame for 3 minutes.

NoteThere is another method of breaking up the soft mixture in order that it becomes powdery.
Add the soft mixture directly into the heated pan with the seasoning.
Paruppusili is made with other vegetables such as Cabbage, Capsicum, Beans and Choko