- Bengal Gram Dal - 1/2 cup
- Red Chili - 2 (adjust according to taste)
- Asafoetida - a small pinch
- Salt - according to taste
- Cauliflower - 1 medium sized flower
- 1/2 tsp split Black Gram Dal
- 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
Method for making Cauliflower Paruppu Usili:
Step 1: Soak the Bengal Gram in water for at least 2 hrs.
Step 2: In a blender add the soaked 1/2 cup 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 keep it aside to cool.
Step 4: Wash and separate the cauliflower to floret's and cut them to small tit bits and cook them( i microwaved it for 6 minutes).
Step 5: Drain the excess water from the cooked cauliflower.
Step 6: Scramble the steamed Usili paste.
Step 7: Meantime heat a Pan and add 1 tablespoon of cooking Oil and then add 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds when it splutters add a red chili, 1/2 teaspoon split Black Gram Dal , curry leaves (optional)and the cooked cauliflower and fry for 5 minutes, add salt for the cauliflower and then add the scrambled usili paste.
Step 8: Adjust salt to taste and keep stirring the cauliflowers usili for approx 5 minutes. Remove from the Pan to a serving dish.
I served Cauliflower Paruppu Usili as sidedish with Onion Pulli Kozhambu for rice .