Kothavarangai Paruppu Usili Recipe - Gawar Phali Dal Sabzi

Kothavarangai Paruppu Usili is a delicious combination of steamed lentils and cooked kothavarangai /gawar phali with a tempering of mustard seeds and urad dal. Serve with Mor Kuzhambu and steamed rice for a delicious weekday meal.

Kothavarangai Paruppu Usili Recipe - Gawar Phali Dal Sabzi
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Kothavarangai Paruppu Usili is a traditional South Indian dish which is a combination of steamed crumbled lentils combined with finely chopped Kothavarangai/Gawar Phali or Cluster beans. This is a dish prepared during festivals or family functions like weddings along with the entire South Indian meal.

Paruppu Usili is a dish consisting of ground and steamed lentils are crumbled and added to cooked cluster beans with a tempering of mustard seeds and urad dal. 

Serve Kothavarangai Paruppu Usili along with Mor Kuzhambu, Steamed Rice and Elai Vadam for a delicious Sunday lunch.

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Course: Side Dish
Diet: High Protein Vegetarian
Prep in

60 M

Cooks in

20 M

Total in

80 M


4 Servings


  • 300 grams Gawar Phali (Kothavarangai / Cluster beans) , finely chopped
  • Salt , a pinch for pressure cooking
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi) , for pressure cooking
  • To Soak & Grind
  • 1/2 cup Arhar dal (Split Toor Dal)
  • 4 Dry Red Chillies
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • To Temper
  • 2 tablespoon Sesame (Gingelly) Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1 teaspoon White Urad Dal (Split)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Asafoetida (hing)
  • 2 sprig Curry leaves

How to make Kothavarangai Paruppu Usili Recipe - Gawar Phali Dal Sabzi

  1. To begin making Kothavarangai Paruppu Usili recipe, soak Toor Dal in water for about an hour. 

  2. Meanwhile, add finely chopped cluster beans/kothavarangai/gawar phali to a pressure cooker along with salt to taste, 2 tablespoons water and turmeric powder. Mix well. 

  3. Pressure cook for 2 whistles and release the pressure immediately by running the pressure cooker under water. Open the cooker lid and keep aside.

  4. After 1 hour, drain water from soaked Toor Dal. Add the drained Toor Dal along with red chillies and salt in a mixer.

  5. Coarsely grind the ingredients and keep aside. Make sure to grind the soaked dal coarsely by adding no or very little water. 

  6. Add water in the idli pan for steaming, grease the idli plates with little oil and add the coarsely ground paruppu usili mixture to the idli plates.

  7. Steam the paruppu usili for around 1o minutes until the ground toor dal is cooked completely. Turn off the heat, remove the steamed toor dal, crumble it and keep aside. 

  8. The next step is to temper the Kothavarangai Paruppu Usili.

  9. In a pan, add a tablespoon oil. Once the oil is heated, add the mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves. 

  10. Once the mustard seeds sputter and dal turns golden brown, add steamed paruppu or toor dal into the pan and fry it for a few minutes. This will help the dal lose the moisture if there is any, so that it gives the crumbly texture. 

  11. Next, add the cooked Kothavarangai/Gawar Phali and give it a good mix. Adjust salt according to your taste. 

  12. Mix well, keep it covered for 2 minutes and turn off the heat. Transfer the Kothavarangai Paruppu Usili to a serving bowl and serve hot.

  13. Serve Kothavarangai Paruppu Usili along with Mor KuzhambuSteamed Rice and Elai Vadam for a delicious Sunday lunch.

Kothavarangai Paruppu Usili Recipe - Gawar Phali Dal Sabzi is part of the Indian Curry And Gravy Recipe Contest