This wonder grain used here is called as Horse gram in English, Kollu in Tamil. It has immense health benefits as they are rich in anti-oxidants. Hope you all would have heard about the rhyming proverb in Tamil “Elachavanukku Ellu and Koluthavanukku kollu” meaning Sesame is for lean/slim body and Horse gram is for plump or overweight. This is the domestic grain of South India where widely used in the places of TamilNadu and few have a belief that this grain is an animal feed… Yes they are used as animal feed ha ha but for human food we can use this to prepare Kadaiyal (Dal fry in traditional method), Rasam, Soups, Idli /Rice powders and chutneys using this wonder grain for regular cooking.
Here are the names of this miracle grain. Kollu, Kulthi, Ulavalu, Hurule, Muthera are the names of Horse gram.
Few Facts and Benefits of Horse gram :
- They are low in fat and high in iron, calcium and protein and therefore aids in weight loss.
- Highest calcium content and Richest source of Vegetarian Protein.
- Slowly digestible starch makes it ideal for Diabetic and Obesity patients.
- It has the ability to reduce the cholesterol in our body.
- This grain is used to fed racehorses as it controls weight and gives energy
- Horse grains doesn’t require a better irrigation for its cultivation, hence called as drought tolerant.
- Anti oxidant, Anti bacterial, Anti fungal, Anti hyper-glycemic in the form of raw or un-sprouted
- Kollu has the ability to generate heat and energy in our body, therefore helps to keep warm during cold/winter
- Because of this property, though it has wide health benefits eating too much and eating daily during summer is also not good for health.
For Diabetic persons Use the Horse gram in Raw / Un-Sprouted form
Sorry to bore you with a big info about horse gram and now lets enjoy the recipe
Naatu Kollu / Horse gram (sprouted ) – 3/4 cup
Gram dal / channa dal / Kadalai paruppu – 1.5 tsp
Black urad dal / Split urad dal – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – 1 spring
Tamarind – 1 inch
Dry red chilli -2 to 3
Coriander seeds – 1/2 tsp
Jeera / cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp
Crystal salt – 1 tsp
Oil – 1 tsp
Method of Preparation:
1. Heat the pan and dry roast the sprouted horse gram / kollu until you feel a nice aroma. Takes about 10 minutes
2. Set aside roasted sprout in a plate.
3. Heat oil in same pan, add channa dal, urad dal, chillies, Tamarind, coriander seeds, cumin seeds
4. Add grated coconut, roasted horse gram and fry until mixed aroma of all the ingredients.
5. Allow it to cool and add to the blender with salt
6. Grind to a chutney consistency by adding 1 cup of water little by little.
7. Transfer into a bowl. Set ready the seasoning ingredients
8. Heat oil, splutter mustard seeds, urad dal amd curry leaves
9. Add the seasoning hot into the chutney
10. Mix well and serve with Idli/Dosa/even with hot rice.
Pictorial Representation of Kollu chutney :
1. Heat the pan and dry roast the sprouted horse gram / kollu
2.You can feel a nice aroma after roasting for about 10 minutes in low flame and set aside.
3.Heat oil in same pan, add channa dal, urad dal, chillies, Tamarind, coriander seeds, cumin seeds
4. Fry until golden brown and add grated coconut
5. Add dry roasted horse gram and fry for 2-3 minutes
6. Now you can get a mixed aroma of all the ingredients.
7. Allow it to cool and add to the blender with added salt
8. Grind to a chutney consistency by adding 1 cup of water little by little and transfer to a bowl
9. Set ready the seasoning ingredients
10.Heat oil, splutter mustard seeds, urad dal amd curry leaves
11. Add the seasoning hot into the chutney
12. Fry the dal golden brown as shown in picture below.
13. Mix well and serve with Idli/Dosa/even with hot rice.
- Roast the dal in medium flame to get perfect aroma and even frying.
- It takes about 10 minutes to roast the dal in low flame
- Add water little by little and grind and this chutney consumes more water to get the consistency of chutney. So adjust accordingly.
- I used half of the roasted grain shown in picture for making Soup powder. will post recipe soon
- For Diabetic persons Use the Horse gram in Raw / Un-Sprouted form