Cut cluster beans into desired length and cook till soft with salt and turmeric.
Grind chilli,asafoetida,salt and jeera first into a coarse mixture,then add the soaked dal and grind coarsely.(Make sure u add no water while grinding).
Grease the idly plates with oil and steam the ground mixture for 5-6 minutes. (fill the mixture in the idly plates loosely).Crumble the steamed dal and keep it aside.
Heat a pan with oil and temper it with mustard and curry leaves. Add the cooked cluster beans and fry for a minute and then add the crumbled dal and mix well.
After a 2 minutes,add coconut if desired(I dint add) and stir well for a minute.
While grinding the dal,drain water completely and make sure there is no water and grind coarsely.Also don’t pat the ground dal in the idly plate, just cook in a sprinkled way. This is to make the crumbling of the cooked dal easily. Otherwise this process will be time consuming and painful…
You can use only one variety of dal or change the ratio too.
You can finely chop the cluster beans too.
Thats it, the usili is ready,serve as accompaniment for rice. ( We prefer usili with more kuzhambu)