Sunday, 26 March 2017


Horse gram is known by various vernacular names in the different states of India. It is termed in Hindi as Kulthi, In Tamil,  Kollu, In Telugu Ulavalu, In Kannada, Uruli, In Oriya, Kalatha, In Gujarati, Kadhi ni dal . The plant of horse gram is indigenous. They are also found in Africa, Malaysia, Australia and the West Indies.Tropic and subtropic climates are suitable for their abundant growth. 

They are widely used in medicinal reasons for treating numerous health disorders such as rheumatism, worm, Conjunctivitis and piles. They have astringent and diuretic properties.
They are believed to maintain the body heat. 
They support the loss of weight. 
They help to lower cholesterol levels.
They are said to be beneficial for treating peptic ulcer, menstrual problems, cough and cold, jaundice, flatulence and treatment of kidney stones.
They are beneficial for pregnant ladies to increase their blood count.
It is good for diabetic people.
They edible lentils are used for preparing various dishes of south India.

Here we are going to make Kollu Thuvaiyal.


Horsegram 100 gms
Tamarind,  a gooseberry size.
Shallots peeled half cup
Garlic pods three nos
Curry leaves half cup
Asafoetida half pinch
Red chilies three nos
Coriander leaves optional
Cumin seeds one spoon
Coriander powder one tablespoon
Jaggery small piece
Salt to taste
Tomato medium size one
Sesame oil one tablespoon


Pressure cook the horse gram with adequate water (Leave four whistles.)
Set aside.
Heat the frying pan with sesame oil.
Fry shallots until translucent.
Red chilies, Curry leaves, coriander powder, cumin seeds, garlic pods, Tamarind andAsafoetida are to be added.
Fry all the ingredients in low heat.
Add tomato
Saute until tomato becomes mushy.
Add jaggery and salt.
Leave all the ingredients to cool down.

Blend all the ingredients with strained horse gram and adequate water.

Nutritious and delicious Kollu thuvaiyal is ready to have with hot steamed rice topping one spoon of cow ghee.

The perfect blend of all the ingredients makes this thuvaiyal, yummy.

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