Monday, 9 August 2010

Horsegram | Kollu

Kollu is what we better know as 'Horse gram'.It is known by the names -Kollu, Gahat, Kulath, Kulthi, ulavalu, etc.If you are aware of its other name please share it with us in the comments section.Botanically it is known by the name- Macrotyloma uniflorum.

 This is a much ignored lentil but it possesses immense health benefits.Many still associate it to cattle feed without knowing its properties.

  • The important thing about this pulse is that it is like a magic bullet for weight loss.
  • It is beneficial in the treatment of anemia.
  • It is a diuretic.
  • It helps in the treatment of piles
  • A thin soup of these seeds is beneficial for the treatment of sore throat and cold.

It is said that cooking,soaking and then cooking,roasting ,germination increase the nutritive value of this lentil.The recipes that are usually prepared are Kollu paruppu podi [Spice mix],kollu rasam[a kind of soup / side dish with steamed rice],kollu saaru[juice],kollu chutney,sundal,sambar.

Kollu Kadaiyal - A creamy side dish to go with steamed rice.Also known by the names kollu masiyal,kadanja kollu.This dish is a typical one from kongu cuisine.

Sprouted horsegram salad -Horsegram sprouts cooked and lightly seasoned.Can be had as a snack with tea / as a side dish for lunch.

Kollu paruppu podi - A spice mix to go with steamed rice.

Kollu Rasam - Tasty horsegram soup ,can be served as such or with steamed rice.

Horsegram Dosa / Kollu dosai / Horsegram crepes-A tasty and healthy breakfast dish.

Kollu-paruppu vadai - A Crispy crunchy snack,perfect with lunch or a piping cup of hot tea

Kollu Idli- a tasty and healthy variation to the regular Idli's


  1. That's very nice to know so much about this gram, never cooked with it before, but have seen few recipes made out of this one, so have to probably use it now.

  2. Thanks for all the info- I make a sprouted dal sometimes, sfter hearing this I will use it more often.
    I love one of your other podi recipes so I am sure to try this one as well....thank you for your continuing blog efforts I really enjoy them
    Fiona :)

  3. Padmajha, will this give any harm if pregnant ladies eat this?


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