Friday, 11 May 2012

Kulitha Saaru (Horsegram Rasam Mangalore style)

Horsegram is one of the lesser known beans. It is consumed as a whole seed, as sprouts, or as whole meal by a large population in rural areas of southern India.
Horse Gram is a plant that produces a lentil related crop that has many health benefits.
Horse Gram is full of great antioxidants and also hemagluttinin, which is found in antibodies, and other immune factors and contains a lot of polyphenols. Thus Horse Gram boosts your immune system helping you to ward off disease and have vitality.

This is a very old recipe which my Mom learnt from our neighbor and a very good friend in Mangalore.
I made this for my family and they loved it so thought of putting it on my blog.
Am sure you'll love it too. 

Horse gram - 100 gms

Coconut grated/desiccated - 1 handful
Coriander seeds - 2 tsp
Jeera/Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Methi/Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
Dry red chillies - 3
Hing/Asofoetida - 1/2 tsp
Haldi/Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Tamarind pulp - 1 tsp
For seasoning:
Oil - 1 tsp
Garlic cloves - 8 - crushed half along with skin
Boil the horse gram in a cooker with extra water for about 30 mins or till well done.
Roast the grated coconut, coriander seeds, jeera, methi, red chillies, hing and haldi.
Now take half the boiled horse gram and grind along with all the roasted ingredients and tamarind pulp to a smooth paste.
Take a heavy bottomed vessel, add the boiled horse gram along with the extra water. If its too thick add 1 cup of water and mix well. Keep on low heat and add the ground paste and mix well.
Bring to boil.
Meanwhile, keep a seasoning pan on the other stove, 

add oil and fry the half crushed garlic.
Fry till golden.
Pour over the boiling horse gram mixture.
"Kulitha Saaru" or Horse gram Rasam is ready.
Serve with steaming rice.

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