Thursday, March 12, 2015

Kollu Kadayal / Horsegram Chutney | South Indian Curries

Horse gram is a type of beans eaten widely in South India. It is a lesser known variety of lentils but has numerous health benefits. Horse gram rasam (soup) is good for treating cold and the beans itself is known for aiding weight loss. 
I have used sprouted horse gram in this recipe, but horse gram which is cleaned and soaked overnight (non-sprouted) can also be used. I have used the beans cooked water in another recipe kollu rasam which is my next post.

Sprouted horse gram - 1 cup
Water - 2-1/2 cups
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Garlic cloves - 2
Red onion, chopped (or) Pearl onions - 1/2 cup
Dry Red chillies - 2
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste

Pressure cook the kollu with water, turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp of salt for about 4-5 whistles. When done, drain and reserve the water for rasam. We are going to use this water in the kollu rasam recipe. Heat oil in a pan and splutter the cumin seeds. Add the red chillis, onion and garlic. Fry until the onions turn soft. Add the cooked dhal, salt to taste and mix. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Blend in a mixie jar until slightly coarse. Serve mixed with hot rice and gingelly oil. Heaven in a morsel!


  1. After long time seeing a traditional method of preparing kollu

  2. Hey kirti.. A small tip :-) I also add a tomato while pressure cooking dal. I will drain out along with water fr making rasam. Hi s a lovely traditional recipe tat each one should try.

    1. Thanks for the tomato tip Malathi! Will try next time...


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