The lesser-known horsegram has a distinct aroma and taste and is quite popular in rustic South Indian cooking. Known to give you energy in horsepowers, this bean did not honestly work with me in the forms that my mom introduced. This was reintroduced by my sis in law. Somehow, I liked it a lot at her place than the recipes my mother taught me. This kulith saaru recipe is a modified version of what my sis in law shared with me.
Horse gram in Indian cooking
If you are now stuck with the image of the galloping horse now, like me, then bear with me till your reach the end of this horsegram curry post.
Cultivated from the Neolithic ages, this bean was often fed to the cattle and kings’ horses for the protein content. From there, horsegram made it to the kitchen of the poor, where the stomachs had to be satisfied. This is where horsegram started getting used in daily cooking. In South India, the bean is known as kulith, kollu or muthira and very many delicacies are prepared. Towards Northern India, the bean is cooked and stuffed in parathas that make it filling and so tasty.
The nutritional benefit of horsegram
Ideally, this bean should be placed under the super bean zone due to its nutritional content
- Widely regarded in ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of intestinal issues to low sperm counts, this bean is consumed often in the rural region as “Food is medicine”
- Called as Ulavu, Kollu, Muthira, Kulith or uzhuval, the Horse gram calculates a high 22percent of protein content.
- Used as a winter bean, this is a very low-fat option for weight watchers.
- Recommended towards women with high menstrual bleeding and anaemia, the horse gram improves the iron content of the body.
- Gastric ulcer healing, reduction of flatulence, reduced constipation and general improvement in gut health have been noted upon regular use of this bean.
However, it is contraindicated in patients with gout and high uric acid predilection.
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Kulith saar Horse gram curry is a delicious south Indian stye recipe that pairs well with steamed rice for lunch. Enjoy this healthy unusual, gluten free, tree nut free recipe as a winterwarmer.
To pressure cook
- 1/2 cup horse gram
- 2.5 cups drinking water
For the masala
- 1 tbsp coriander seeds
- 2-3 tbsp dessicated coconut
- 4-5 dry red chilli
- 10 curry leaves
- salt to taste
- 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 pinch Asafoetida
for the tamarind pulp
- 1 lime sized ball tamarind or 1/2 tsp tamarind paste conc.
- 1/4 cup Water
- 1 tsp coconut oil ( any cooking oil is fine)
- 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
- 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
- 4-5 curryleaves
- 1 dry red chilli broken into bits
Collect all the ingredients needed for the preperation
Wash and drain the horse gram to remove any impurities.
Add the 2,5 cups of water and pressure cook the horsegram for about 4-6 whistles
Release pressure naturally (about 10-15 minutes)
Gently mash the cooked horse gram and set aside
Mean while, Dry roast the coconut, the curry leaves, the coriander seeds, chillies and cumin seeds till aromatic
Make this mix into a smooth powder and add 1 ladle full of the horse gram plus the cooking liquid and grind further into a smooth paste
Into a wok add the oil and ingredients for the tempering
When the mustard seeds crackle, add the cooked mashed horse gram and the masala paste prepared.
Add salt to taste and the tamarind pulp
Simmer this for about 6-8 minutes
The kulith saaru is now ready to serve
In the instant pot it takes 35 minutes on high pressure to get the beans cooked. Wait for natural pressure release to ensure they are cooked well.
Sodium: 11mgCalcium: 70mgVitamin C: 51mgVitamin A: 168IUSugar: 1gFiber: 2gPotassium: 219mgCalories: 113kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 2gFat: 4gProtein: 4gCarbohydrates: 15gIron: 2mg
Serving the horsegram curry
Replace the sambhar on the south Indian thali for this Kulith saaru recipe and enjoy a great Sunday lunch at home. If making a very simple recipe, I love to pair this kulith saaru with cooked quinoa or millets with some avalakki sandige or sago papad and pickled citron. The horsegram curry is fantastic with upma kozhukattai or pongal too.
This recipe is added to The A-Z recipe challenge where the fellow bloggers have progressively made their way up to letter “H”.
The Recipe is also added to the My legume love affair Series hosted by Kalyani The event begun by Lisa is currently taken care of by Susan. It was a pleasant experience to host this event earlier, here is the collection from that event –#125 MLLA Event Roundup. Check it out this collection.
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