Website of the Year India 2016

Tondli with pulses ( kovakkai usulli) Recipe

Tondli with pulses ( kovakkai usulli) is a popular Indian Side Dish
Author :
On :
Monday, 22 May, 2017
Category :
Vegetarian Recipe
Course :
Side Dish Recipe
Cuisine :
Indian Recipe
Technique :
Saute Recipe
Difficulty :
Servings :
Serves 6
Rated 4 based on 100 votes


  • 1/2 cup Toor Dal
  • 2 tbsp Chana dal
  • 2 Dried red chillies
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida powder / Hing
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 cups length-wise slit kovakkai
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 2 Dried red chillies
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds for tempering
  • Salt to taste
  • How to Make Tondli with pulses ( kovakkai usulli):

    1. Preparation for usuli:
    2. Soak 1/2 cup tuvar dal with 2 tbsp chana dal, either overnight or for 3 hours in warm water.
    3. Grind this to a coarse paste with 2 broken dried red chillies, 1/4 tsp of asafoetida powder, pinch of turmeric powder, 1 tsp salt and a few curry leaves without adding any water.
    4. Steam this paste in an idli-steamer or a regular steamer for 10-15 mins until the lentil paste is cooked.
    5. Remove to a bowl once cooled and crumble into small pea-sized pieces. Keep aside.
    6. Place the slit pieces of kovakkai in microwave safe bowl, sprinkle some water and cook them on high for 5 mins. Keep aside.
    7. In a non-stick pan, heat 1 tbsp oil and put in the crumbled usili.
    8. Stir them around on medium flame till golden and slightly crispy. This will take around 5-7 mins. Keep this aside.
    9. In the same pan, take 1 tsp oil, put in the mustard seeds and broken red chilli pieces.
    10. Once they crackle, put it the cooked kovakkai, salt to taste, stir around for 2 mins.
    11. Add the stir-fried usili, stir together for 2 mins until they have come together.
    12. Serve hot with mor kozhambu and rice along with some appalams.


    Bawarchi of the Week

    Nithya Balaji

    Nithya Balaji

    Nithya Balaji aims to provide quick and delicious vegetarian recipes in her blog 'Nithu's kitchen'.

    know more
  • Kolhapuri Chicken Curry

    Kolhapuri Chicken Curry


  • Simple beef curry

    Simple beef curry


  • Microwave Tandoori Tofu