Beans Paruppu Usili ~ Tamil Style Beans with Lentil Paste

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It feels odd that this is the most awaited weekend in quite a long time. Of late, weekends had lost its charm. Being a working mother, I definitely would crave the weekend to come as fast as possible but since we never have any activities planned over weekends, I always feel that excitement is missing! Somehow this week has been very stressful, whether at work and otherwise. I wish I could relax and rejuvenate, but most of the time, it never ends up that way! Let’s see how far it will help me freshen up… πŸ™‚


Off to today’s post… Beans is my favorite vegetable – french or string, I don’t mind. I can eat bowls and bowls of it, just cooked this way. And actually speaking that’s the only way I know how to cook this vegetable too, or more specifically saying, I am so happy with it that I have never wanted to look around for more options to make. However, once my eyes fell on this post on my friend Sathya’s space, I have been haunted. I love lentils as well, so two loves together was something that I couldn’t resist. As usual, before I made it, I kept going around through many recipes however they involved a lot of work and me being a lazyhead did not want to do too much of work. πŸ˜‰ Sathya’s recipe actually was perfect fodder, made the slightly complicated recipe look so simple! Not only I made them, but I ate more than half of what was made, since the remaining folks were not very keen and since it was beans, I really didn’t care! πŸ˜‰


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Beans Usili ~ Beans with Lentil Paste

Course Vegeterian
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 3
Author Rafeeda


  • 1/2 kg french beans washed and chopped fine
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • A pinch hing
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/3 cup toor dal soaked for 20 minutes and drained
  • 2 tbsp chana dal
  • 2 tbsp coconut
  • 2 green chillies
  • 3/4 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds


  • Grind the ingredients in the "for grinding" section into a course paste.
  • Heat oil in a saucepan. Put in the hing and the curry leaves.
  • Add in the beans and turmeric and give a nice stir.
  • Sprinkle in some water and salt and cook the beans for around 5 minutes.
  • Now add the ground paste and mix well.
  • Cook with closed lid, stirring occassionally till the beans and the paste is well cooked.
  • Serve hot with rice and rasam, or with some sambar!




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  1. I love beans too! This looks too good! Will make a perfect side to rice!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Beulah…

  2. very comforting recipe.all time favorite

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Ramya…

  3. Beans curry looks very yummy

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Beena…

  4. Curry looks so good! perfect side dish!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Binjal…

  5. Yummy and perfect side dish with rice..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Shabbu…

  6. healthy and nutritious.. ur photography has improved a lot rafee,, keep up the good work

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Suhaina… after a very long time!

  7. Bean Usili looks really yum. love it.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Swathi…

  8. My fav way of having beans. We don’t add coconut and fennel in the lentil mix. Looks yum.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sona… your version also sounds yum, will try next time…

  9. Paruppu usili with hot steaming rice and rasam, omg just love it..Tempting side dish.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priyaakka…

  10. Love beans. This recipe looks just perfect. Yum Yum. πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ritu… πŸ™‚

  11. Thanks much for referring my recipe rafee.Hope this has become your favorite recipe .Def a comfort side with some rasam or sambar rice

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much for this lovely recipe Sathya…

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