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Horse gram (Kollu/Kulthi) Soup [aka Ulavacharu]
Horse gram (Macrotyloma uniflorum). This low-profile, humble legume took its English name from its use as a staple food for horses and cattle. However, if you find the name discouraging, you can call it Kollu as it is in Tamil, Ulavalu in Telugu and Kulthi in Hindi. Horse gram (Macrotyloma uniflorum) is a pulse crop widely cultivated and consumed in India since ancient times, and native to the south-east Asian subcontinent and tropical Africa. Horse gram is the most protein-rich lentil found on the planet. It is very high-powered. That’s why race horses are fed with this gram, which is called horse gram in the market. Horse gram: A superfood in its own right Horse gram may not be inviting by the sound of it but its qualities are undeniably wonderful. It is: -high in iron, calcium, and protein. In fact, horse gram has the highest calcium content among pulses and is one of the richest vegetarian sources of protein -low in fat and high in carbohydrate content -low in lipid and sodium content, and its slow digestible starch make ideal for diabetic and obesity patients Raw horse gram is particularly rich in polyphenols, flavonoids and proteins, the major anti-oxidants. In other words, it can keep your body young and vibrant! What’s more, scientists from the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology have found that unprocessed, raw horse gram seeds have the ability to reduce high blood sugar following a meal, by slowing down carbohydrate digestion and reducing insulin resistance. This makes it an extra diabetic-friendly food! The health benefits of horse gram seem to be innumerable. Just name a health issue and “kollu-power” will work for it! Traditional medicinal texts describe its use for asthma, bronchitis, leucoderma, urinary discharge, kidney stones and heart disease. Ayurvedic cuisine also recommends horse gram for persons suffering from jaundice or water retention. Rheumatism, worms, conjunctivitis and piles are also said to quail before the power of horse gram. Horse gram has astringent and diuretic properties. It is also beneficial for extracting phlegm, and controlling fever and cholesterol levels. According to some studies, the lipid extracts of horse gram are beneficial for treating peptic ulcers, and it is said these magic legumes can reduce flatulence and control various menstrual problems. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HorseGram [Sprouted] - Cooling Properties Many European stomachs may not be able to digest horse gram so it is good to sprout it, which makes it more easily digestible. Put the horse gram in a white cloth, soak the cloth in water for about six to eight hours, and then keep it closed. In about three days, the seeds will sprout. If the sprout is about half an inch out of the seed, you can eat it raw. It takes a lot of chewing and eating, and it is very good for the system. Horse gram tends to increase heat in the body. If you feel too much heat, you must balance it by eating sprouted green gram, which cools the system. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 6+ hours
Cook Time 20 mins
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 6+ hours
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings
Ingredients
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  1. Steps: Soak the horse gram seeds over night and pressure cook till soft. Drain the water and keep it aside for later use. (The water’s color will be chocolatey) Grind the dry roast mustard, cumin and pepper seeds to fine powder. Mash half of the cooked horse gram. Heat the oil in a pan and shallow fry the curry leaves. Add the tamarind paste, strained horse gram water, roasted powder, smashed horse gram and salt. Add sufficient water and make sure the gravy is not too thick. Add the remaining horse gram and mix. Remove from flame. Sprinkle finely chopped coriander leaves over the gravy. Serve with chapatti or steamed rice and enjoy! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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