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Closeup of broccoli paruppu usili, broccoli cooked with a spicy south indian chickpea paste
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Broccoli Paruppu Usili

Broccoli Paruppu Usili, a savory south Indian vegetable side of broccoli steamed with a spicy lentil paste
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: Indian, Indian Vegetarian, South Indian Tamil
Diet: Meatless, No Added Oil, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Broccoli Paruppu Usili
Servings: 6
Calories: 100kcal



  • Soak the tuvar dal and the chana dal in water for about two hours. Drain, and using as little water as possible, grind to a paste along with the chiles, garlic and hing and salt to taste.
  • Steam or microwave 1 head of broccoli, separated into small florets, until it is quite tender but not falling apart or mushy.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet. Add 1 teaspoon mustard seeds and when they sputter, add 1 tablespoon udad dal.
  • Add the lentil paste to it and stir fry around 10 minutes until the lentils darken in hue and no longer taste raw.
  • Add the broccoli and mix it in with a few stirs.
  • Check the salt and remove from the heat. Serve hot.


Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Potassium: 328mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 632IU | Vitamin C: 91mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1mg