Broccoli Usili | Broccoli Usili Recipe | Broccoli Paruppu Usili

Broccoli Usili
Combination of Broccoli and Crumbled Lentils. Cook this dish often and stay healthy and happy!

Preparation Time. 10 minutes
Cook Time. 20 minutes
Recipe Cuisine. South Indian
Recipe Category. Side dish
Serves. 3


Chopped broccoli – 1 cup (You can also cut it lengthwise – size is your choice)
Toor dal (thuvaram paruppu) – 1/2 cup
Channa dal/Bengal gram (kadalai paruppu)  – 1/2 cup
Red chillies – 2 to 3 nos.
Asafoetida (perungayam) – a pinch
Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Sambar powder – 1 teaspoon
Mustard seeds (kadugu) – 1 teaspoon
Urad dal (ulutham paruppu) – 1 teaspoon
Curry leaves – 6 to 8 nos.
Oil – 2 teaspoons
Salt – as desired

Note. The ingredients shown will vary with the original quantity.


1. Soak the channa dal and toor dal in water for about 2 hours. Drain the water and coarsely grind the channa dal and toor dal with red chillies, asafoetida, turmeric powder, salt, and little water. (Water is used just to grind the dals).

2. Put the ground mixture to the greased idly plates (brush the idly plate with few drops of oil) and steam it in a pressure cooker as you do for making idly (Make sure you don’t put weight in the cooker). Steam it for 8 to 10minutes. Remove and cool the dal idlies.

Make sure the dal idly has completely cooled down otherwise when you crumble, you may burn your hands.  In a non stick pan, heat oil. Add the mustard seeds and urad dal.

3.When mustard seeds splutter and urad dal turns light brown, add broccoli. Saute until broccoli pieces are 75% cooked.  Now, crumble the dal idly into tiny bits by hand itself. add the crumbled dal mixture. Stir well for about 4 to 5 minutes in low flame. Stir continuously after you add dal otherwise dal will get burned easily at the bottom of the pan. If you think usili is dry, sprinkle little water and cook for 2-3  minutes.

Now, Broccoli Paruppu Usili is ready!!!


  • If excess usili remains, add onion, green chillies, asafoetida, coriander leaves, and curry leaves. Deep fry them in oil, and make Pakoras.
  • You can also add grated coconut.

 Rasam, Sambar, and Curd Rice.

You can also serve Broccoli Paruppu Usili with the following recipes:

Avaraikkai Kootu(Broad Beans Kootu), Cauliflower and Carrot Kootu, Cucumber Kootu, Vazhaipoo Kootu (Banana Blossom Curry), Rajma Dal,Cucumber Moru Kootu, Poosanikai Mor Kuzhambu, Poosanikai Mor Kuzhambu, Pavakkai Pitlai/Bittergourd Pitlai, Paruppu Rasam, Pineapple Rasam, Poondu Rasam (Garlic Rasam), Capsicum Sambar    

If you like Broccoli Paruppu Usili, you can try Beans Paruppu Usili too.

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