Place the chickpeas in a bowl of cold water for about 12 hours. Drain them and place them in a pan with plenty of lightly salted hot water, a bunch of aromatic herbs (f.e. sage and rosmarin) .. When cooked, drain them, keeping the cooking water..Grate the onion, finely chopped, into a saucepan with ghee ( the original recipe is with oliveoil) , combine chickpeas and let it flavor for five minutes.Add two cups of boiling water, bring to a boil, pour 1 cup of rice (you can use basmati ), 1/2 teaspoon saffron ( but you can use also curcuma) mix well with the wooden spoon and raise the boil again.Lower the flame, add the salt and abit of ground black pepper, Put the cup on the saucepan and cook for another ten minutes. Then serve with a bit of extra virgin olive oil and ground black pepper.
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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