Carrot Paruppu Usili | Carrot - Lentil Stir Fry

On our virtual tour to Huaqing Hot Springs last week , I told you about a 'Royal Dinner', remember?Here it is for you today.Take a look at the superb program and the royal dinner that was served during the Tang Dynasty show in Xi'an, China....

Today we are starting the 18th edition of Blogging Marathon.As usual I will be blogging for all the 4 weeks,3 post/week and this time I have chosen some easy themes. For the first week, I have opted for Dry Vegetable Sautes / Sides.

Our lunch is not complete without a dry curry and I have quite a few dry curies here,so I thought of doing something different and that which I have not cooked so far. Though we have carrots in soups,salads and even desserts, carrot as a dry curry is not very welcome at home. I wanted to try and make the saute as appealing as possible and thought I will try it with some lentils as I have done with Banana blossom and beans.

 I used:

Carrot– 2 medium sized
Toor dhal-less than ½ a cup
Channa dhal- less than ¼ cup
Red chillies – 3,broken into bits
Coconut- 2 tablespoons grated
Salt to taste


Mustard- 1 teaspoon
Channa dhal/-1 teaspoon
Urad dhal-1/2 a teaspoon
Red chillies – 2,broken into two pieces
Curry leaves a few
Oil-2 teaspoons

1.Soak chaana dhal ,toor dhal,red chillies for an hour

2. Drain and grind to a coarse paste. Sprinkle very little water if required.Make small balls of this paste

3.Arrange the balls on a greased plate.

4.Steam them in a idli steamer[ or any other steamer] for 10-15 minutes.

5.Cool ,crumble them and keep aside.

6.Meanwhile chop carrots and cook it till done on the stove top / Microwave

7.Heat a pan with oil and put in the seasonings

8.When they crackle and dhal turns brown, add crumbled dhal and cook for a couple of minutes.

9.Put in the cooked carrot.

10.Mix and add salt and coconut

11.Cook for a few minutes and remove from heat.

Serve as a side dish with steamed rice...

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#18

This Day That Year....

Incidentally, this day in 2010, I have posted a recipe using carrots and lentils!! - Carrot - Lentil Soup

Bon Appetit...

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