Kollu Chutney Sprouted Horse Gram Chutney – 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 Tamil Nadu 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.
Kollu Chutney Sprouted Horse Gram 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.
Sorry to bore you with a big info about horse gram and now let’s enjoy the recipe
Ingredients of Kollu ChutneySprouted Horse Gram Chutney :
- 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
Step-wise Pictures of Making Kollu ChutneySprouted Horse Gram Chutney:
1. Heat the pan and dry roast the sprouted horse gram / kollu
- 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