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Instant Cilantro Paruppu Usilli

Written By FewMinute Wonders on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 | 6:28 PM

I know that most of you would have clicked on the link the minute you read the word instant and thought no way. But let me tell you that it is possible and it can make our life simple.I was thinking of experimenting with an idea for long and at last found the time to prepare it. For the two girls(they will know when they read this post) who have been demanding that I come up with a quicker version of the traditional recipes I give you this recipe. I am sure it will cut your cooking time in half and give you more time to relax after a long day at work. So all the traditionalist please give this one a try and let me know what you think of the express version.I also like to add that this version is economical and does not need a lot of thoor dhal as they cost an arm and a leg at the local Indian grocery stores. This is traditionally eaten with more /yogurt kozhambu or Khadi and you can find a 6 minute version here.

My entry to Siri' of Siri's corner's event Herb Mania:Cilantro for the month of October.



Note: If you don't have the microwave use can steam it like idlis.


Thoor dhal- 1/2 cup
Channa dhal flour or chick pea flour- 1/2 cup
Water - 1/2 cup for the mix and 1/2 to sprinkle while cooking
Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 2 tsp
Udad dhal - 1 tsp
Cilantro - 1 bunch
Dry Chilli - 1
Oil - 2 tbsp


1. Lightly roast the thoor dhal and then grind it into smaller bits and powder.

2. Mix chic peas flour, salt, chilli powder, 1/4 tsp asafoetida and thoor dhal powder with 1/2 cup of water.

3. Spread this thick paste onto a plate and microwave for 5 minutes.NOTE: Please do check the power of your microwave. If you are unsure microwave for 3 minutes and if you think it is undone microwave for another minute and see before increasing the time.

4. Cut into smaller pieces and add to the blender and buzz for a minute or use your fingers to break into smaller pieces.

5. Heat oil in the wok add asafoetida, mustard seeds allow that to pop and add udud dhal and blended mix and mix well.

6. Sprinkle water for every minute and cover and cook this mix for 7 minutes.

7. Add chopped cilantro and serve hot.

Note: If it is served later, sprinkle a little water heat and then serve.


  1. Like the easy version. I guess adding beans to this will add to the taste.

  2. Thats sure one instant version. Liked it.

  3. Very creative and simple...good one:)

  4. Usli in a microwave, now that is a brilliant idea! I wouldn't think twice about making it now... lovely

  5. Brilliant Idea..:) I was dying to make paruppu usili for ages now.. but, never dared as its time-consuming.. I will definitely give urs a try. Thanks for ur awesome entry.


  6. this is somethg new to me.. must have tasted delicious.

  7. I know who one of the girl is... thank you, thank you...

    Will try and let you know if its worthwhile

  8. nice recipe to me...will try n let u know :)

  9. thatz a new way of making usilli. I really liked it

  10. Thank you all for stopping to leave me a nice comment. I liked what i created. Adding any other veggie is ok too.In fact I liked it with beans.Please do try and if you have any reviews please let me know. There is always scope for improvement. :)

  11. ooh! I like your easiest, quick method. I can tell from the picture that it tasted great too. Thanks for the delicious recipe.

  12. Can we powder toor dhal and chana dhal together and then mix with water and then pressure cook. Will the output be the same texture...




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