Making and storing paruppu usili idlys

This is a easy way to make and store paruppu usili idlys, if you have this one on hand, you can make any vegetable usili quickly. If some guests are coming, you can easily make a good healthy side dish from it. It can be stored in freezer for months. Here is the recipe.


  • Split chickpea dal ——————— 1 cup
  • Thoor dal ———————————— 1 cup
  • Dry chilies ———————————- 10
  • Cashmere chili ————————— 1 (optional)
  • Garlic clove ——————————— 4 (optional)
  • Asafoetida———————————— 3 pieces (roasted)
  • Turmeric powder ———————— 1/4 tsp
  • Salt to taste

How to make

  • Soak the dals and chilies for 3 hours
  • Then grind it into a coarse mixture using a mixer/blender
  • While grinding, add the garlic cloves, salt, asafoetida and turmeric powder
  • Grease the idly pans with cooking oil
  • Fill the pans with the ground mixture in the shape of idlys
  • For the above mentioned quantities of ingredients, you will get 8 to 10 paruppu usili idlys.
  • Cook it in a idly cooker for around 25 minutes
  • To check if the idlys are cooked, take a sharp stick and poke the idly.
  • If the idly is well cooked, the stick will come out clearly with out the raw mixture sticking to it.
  • If it is not cooked well, cook the idlys for some more time, until it is cooked well.
  • Once it is well cooked, take it out and wait for it to cool down
  • Now place them in freezer safe bags for storing in the freezer
  • Notes
    • When you are making any vegetable usili, take 1 or 2 idlys from the freezer and thaw it to room temperature before using it.
      • For quick thawing, use a microwave or steamer
      • Or keep it outside in room temperature for couple of hours
      • Or keep it in the refrigerator from the previous day
    • It can be stored in the freezer for months


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