Jan 21, 2015

Kollu Rasam

Kollu (Horse gram), a reddish legume from India has several health benefits. It is mainly used to treat kidney stones, piles and helps to lower cholesterol levels. In Ayurveda, horse gram is used to extensively to treat many ailments. Above is just mentioned a few benefits.

Kollu Rasam is a winter based recipe which mainly cooked to treat cold and cough. The spices in the rasam treats the nasal tract to clear phlegm. 


1 cup     Horse gram, soaked overnight
2 tsp      Oil
1/2 tsp   Mustard seeds
1/2 tsp   Cumin seeds
4 cloves Garlic, peeled and crushed throughly
A sprig of Curry Leaves
1 Tomato, diced
1/2 cup Tamarind Extract
1 tsp Jaggery
4 cups Water, divided
Cilantro, chopped

Spice powder
1/2 tsp Pepper 
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
2-3 Whole Re Chilies
3/4 tsp Coriander seeds


  • Dry roast all the ingredients. Cool it and grind it into a fine powder
  • Pressure cook horse gram with 2 cups of water for at least 15-20 minutes. Retain the stock in a separate container
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves and garlic. When it starts to sizzle, add tomatoes. Saute until tomatoes are completely cooked
  • Add tamarind extract, spice powder and horse gram stock
  • Add water, salt and jaggery. Bring it to boil 
  • Add coriander and serve on a hot bed of rice

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