Muttacose Paruppu Usili. Koss Usili.
Did I tell you this? When I tried (yeah, didn’t succeed)to practice vegetarianism for the past few months…I happend to discover my own culinary skills. Before that, I never paid attention to the vegetables…used to stock them up as a routine stuff, and stir-fry in a very basic way. Now, started appreciating all the goodness they possess. Treating them special, fashioning the old recipes. Good, it worked…like it a lot.
Cabbage – layered and chopped
Mustard seeds 1/2 spoon
Cumin seeds 1/2 spoon
Chana dal 1/2 spoon
Urad dal 1/2 spoon
Curry leaves few
Green chilies 3 finely chopped
Dry red chilies 6
Thuvar dal 1 cup(soaked in water for 20 minutes)
Ginger-garlic paste 1 spoon
Fennel seeds 3 spoons
Salt(to grind with dal)
Salt for beans
Turmeric 1 pinch
Curry leaves few(to grind)
Oil 2 table spoons.
Dry grind fennel seeds, salt, dry chilies and curry leaves. Set them aside.
Wet grind thuvar dal bit coarsely and set aside.
Heat oil, in a wide pan. Add mustard, cumin, curry leaves, chana and urad dal. Let them pop and splutter well.
Add green chilies and cabbage. Fry well. Add salt and 1 pinch of turmeric powder. Sprinkle little water over this. Cover and cook.
When it is 3/4th cooked add the wet ground paste and cook without lid. Let the dal paste get well coated with the vegetable. Toss to all the sides..until dal gets fried and cooked.
Run few spoons of oil now, if needed. The dal should not be wet or undercooked anymore. It should be sort of crispy and fragrant now.
Serve this hot as a side dish to rice or chappathi/roti.