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Today's Carrot dish for BM# 23 is a healthy curry that incorporates veggie and lentils, one of my favorite combination. Being a vegetarian, protein intake is something that I'm watchful about and when a dish incorporates a healthy veggie and a protein, I'm super happy. Paruppu usili or Patoli (in telugu) is a dry-ish curry that can be made with different vegetable like green beans, cabbage, cluster beans etc. When I saw PJ post her carrot paruppu usili, it looked awesome and I decided to try it today. My mom made this dish and here's how she made it: Lets...


4 serving

Total time

50 minutes




  • 4 carrots
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 2 red chili
  • pinch Asafoetida
  • 8 curry leaves
  • to taste Salt
  • 0.5 cup chana dal
  • 4 chilies
  • 2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp Coriander seeds
  • 1 ginger
  • 2 tbsps Coconut


  1. Soak chana dal for 1 hour. Grind along with all the other ingredients listed under lentil masala paste into a coarse mixture adding very little water.
  2. Microwave or boil chopped carrot until cooked thoroughly. Keep aside.
  3. Heat 2tbsp oil in a saute pan, add cumin and mustard seeds, once the seeds start to splutter add dry red chili, curry leaves and asafoetida.
  4. Next add the ground paste and cook until the mixture dries up. Constant stirring is required at this stage.
  5. Finally add the cooked carrot and salt. Mix well and cook for another 5 minutes on low flame.
  6. Serve hot with steamed rice and dal.