- Broccoli - 1 whole Flower
- Bengal Gram Dal - 1/2 cup
- Red Chili - 2 (adjust according to the spiciness)
- Asafoetida- a small pinch
- Salt (according to taste)
- 1/2 tsp Split Gram Dal
- 1/2 tsp musturd seeds
Method for making Broccoli Paruppu Usili:
Step 1: Soak the Bengal Gram Dal in water for at least 2 hrs.
Step 2: In a blender add the soaked Bengal Gram Dal,Salt, Asafoetida, 2 Red chili and grind them coarsely by adding as minimum water as possible.
Step 3: Remove the grounded paste to a steaming vessel and steam them for about 20 minutes. Once steamed remove it and set aside to cool.
Step 4: Wash and separate the Broccoli floret's and cut them to small tit bits, cook then ( i microwaved for 6 minutes)
Step 5: Drained the excess water from the cooked Broccoli.
Step 6: Scramble the steamed Usili paste.
Step 7: Meantime heat a pan and add 1 tablespoon of oil and then add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, when it starts spluttering add the split gram Dal, curry leaves(optional) and the cooked broccoli and fry them approx,5 -10 minutes, or till it becomes dry. Add salt just for the Broccoli and then add the scrambled Usili paste.
Keep stirring the Broccoli Usili for about 5 minutes. Then remove to a serving dish and this is ready to be served with any kozhambu for rice...
I normally serve Usili for pulli/ vatha kozhambu, Moru (buttermilk) kozhambu or Rasam. It goes well with Sambar too..
But what i personally feel is since it already has (Dal/lentil) in it... it is best with combination of side dish without lentils.....
Yesterday night i served my broccoli Paruppu Usili with Okra Moru Kozhambu for dinner with rice. My family enjoyed it.. Hope u will also like it...