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Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Carrot Paruppu Usili | Carrot - Lentil Stir Fry

On our virtual tour to Huaqing Hot Springs last week , I told you about a 'Royal Dinner', remember?Here it is for you today.Take a look at the superb program and the royal dinner that was served during the Tang Dynasty show in Xi'an, China....

Today we are starting the 18th edition of Blogging Marathon.As usual I will be blogging for all the 4 weeks,3 post/week and this time I have chosen some easy themes. For the first week, I have opted for Dry Vegetable Sautes / Sides.

Our lunch is not complete without a dry curry and I have quite a few dry curies here,so I thought of doing something different and that which I have not cooked so far. Though we have carrots in soups,salads and even desserts, carrot as a dry curry is not very welcome at home. I wanted to try and make the saute as appealing as possible and thought I will try it with some lentils as I have done with Banana blossom and beans.

 I used:

Carrot– 2 medium sized
Toor dhal-less than ½ a cup
Channa dhal- less than ¼ cup
Red chillies – 3,broken into bits
Coconut- 2 tablespoons grated
Salt to taste


Mustard- 1 teaspoon
Channa dhal/-1 teaspoon
Urad dhal-1/2 a teaspoon
Red chillies – 2,broken into two pieces
Curry leaves a few
Oil-2 teaspoons

1.Soak chaana dhal ,toor dhal,red chillies for an hour

2. Drain and grind to a coarse paste. Sprinkle very little water if required.Make small balls of this paste

3.Arrange the balls on a greased plate.

4.Steam them in a idli steamer[ or any other steamer] for 10-15 minutes.

5.Cool ,crumble them and keep aside.

6.Meanwhile chop carrots and cook it till done on the stove top / Microwave

7.Heat a pan with oil and put in the seasonings

8.When they crackle and dhal turns brown, add crumbled dhal and cook for a couple of minutes.

9.Put in the cooked carrot.

10.Mix and add salt and coconut

11.Cook for a few minutes and remove from heat.

Serve as a side dish with steamed rice...

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#18

This Day That Year....

Incidentally, this day in 2010, I have posted a recipe using carrots and lentils!! - Carrot - Lentil Soup

Bon Appetit...


  1. what an interesting stir fry - this is a keeper to try

  2. can imagine the taste...for the efforts that go into making simple ingredients into special dish....lovely

  3. Lovely idea to use carrots in usili, looks super delicious.

  4. Thats healthy one...

  5. Carrot dal stir fry looks healthy and yummy.

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  6. this is a wonderful recipe..different and looks really yum..I was wondering what else can be used instead of carrots...beans?..Potatoes?....

  7. Delicious side dish..these make the meal a very special one right..looks great..

  8. Very tempting!!!Ususally i make this with beans etc...

  9. good heathy recipe!! keep on!!

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  10. hi PJ
    thanks for the wishes..
    your blog is looking more colorful.. lovely recipes as usual.
    you rock...

  11. paruppu-usli is my all time fav!!!! never tried with carrot though!!!! Looks Delicious!!!!

  12. love usli in any form.. this is wonderful..
    coincidence I also made a similar carrot based curry today for lunch :) :)

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  13. SImply love this healthy and nutritious usili..Prefect for hot piping rasam rice.

  14. I lvoe paruppu usli with any veggie.. this is my fav as carrot is my fav

  15. While beans and banana flowers are my favor paruppu usli types, I also love my mil's carrot is ever so special!

  16. Paruppu usili is my favorite but never tried with carrot,sounds interesting and delicious.

  17. I love usili and I'm going to post my version tomorrow. Your carrot usili is tempting me to make usili again.. Looks delicious.

  18. Nice idea of making usli with carrot looks yumm PJ

  19. Nutritious and delicious one.

  20. carrot-paruppu usili looks amazing!

  21. Very interesting combination. I always make this with green beans. Should try carrot sometimes.


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