Apr 21, 2009

Kollu / Horsegram Sambhar

In Tamil, this is referred as KOLLU (கொள்ளு). Normally used to feed horses. But Tamil Cuisines are also common. Kollu porial, Kollu avial, kollu sambar, kollu rasam. Like any traditional ayurvedic cuisine that is referred as "Food is Medicine & Medicine is food", this is also one such food grain. In Telugu (Indian Language), this is called Ulavalu. These are much better for any unhealthy person suffering from jaundice or swelling of body by water. Obese persons can also use horse gram in their diet for better results. Also horse grams strengthens food for people with iron deficiencies. It is tastier also. It keeps body warm in winter season as well .

Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_gram

Ingredients Needed :
  • Cooked kollu - 1 cup
  • Small Onion - 10
  • Tomato - 1
  • Vegetables - 1 cup (Brinjal , potato , Drumstick )
  • Tamarind extract - as reqd
  • Sambhar powder - 1 1/2 tsp.
  • Oil - 1 tsp.
  • Salt - as reqd.
  • Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp.
  • Urid dhal - 1/4 tsp.
  • Jeera - 1/4 tsp.
  • hing powder - little
  • Curry leaves - 1 string
  • Corriander leaves - little

Method : 

Soak kollu overnight and pressure cook it till done ., This dhal doesn't mash well ...so drain all the water in a cup , this can be used with the sambhar and grind it in mixer coarsely . Chop all reqd. vegetables + tomato , peel the skin of onions and keep it aside. In a kadai add oil+mustard seeds+jeera+urid dhal+curry leaves+hing+onions and saute well,add tomatoes+vegetables and fry well,then add sambhar powder + salt + tamarind juice and allow it to boil till done then add cooked & grinded kollu allow it to boil well. Once it gets thicker. switch off the flame and garnish with corriander leaves
    (Got this recipe from my friend Padma )


    1. Wow thats a delightful recipe and a nice picture... Been ages since I made horse gram at home... Drumsticks with Horsegram is the best...

    2. Thanks for you comments Ramya .. Yes this combination was best...


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