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Horse Gram Kootu
Horse gram, called huruli in the Kannada language, is a legume that is very rich source of proteins. As the name horse gram suggests, this legume is used as horse food—but it has many health benefits for humans, as well. It is high in fiber and protein.
This legume is used in many South Indian dishes like kootu, sambar, chutney and so on. It gives a unique aroma and taste to the dishes. Kootu is a stew-like side dish prepared using the mixture of legumes and vegetables. It is generally served with rice.
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- 1 cup horse gram, washed and soaked overnight
- Salt to taste
- 2 cups water, or as needed
- 1 tablespoon urad dal
- 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon peppercorns, or as needed
- 4-5 byadagi or guntur red chilies
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1-2 sprigs curry leaves
- 1/2 cup carrots, washed and chopped
- 1/2 cup beans, washed and chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/2 cup coconut, grated
- 1/4 cup tamarind extract (or use tamarind paste)
- 1 teaspoon jaggery
- Wash and soak the horse gram overnight or 5-6 hours.
- Wash and chop the carrots and beans. Set aside.
- Transfer the soaked horse gram to a cooker (along with soaking water). Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt, close the lid and take 3 whistles.
- In a pan, add the urad dal, coriander seeds, peppercorns and red chilies. Dry-fry over low flame till the lentils turn brown and aromatic. Switch off the flame.
- In a vessel or pan, heat the cooking oil and splutter the mustard seeds. Add a sprig of curry leaves and fry for a few seconds.
- Add chopped carrots and beans. Saute for 2 minutes.
- Add turmeric powder and mix.
- Add 1/2 cup of water and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Close the lid and cook till vegetables are cooked.
- When the pressure subsides, open the lid of the cooker. You can crush the cooked horse gram in between your fingers to check if it is well cooked.
- Transfer all of the fried ingredients to a mixer jar. Add the coconut, 1 big spoonful of cooked horse gram and 1/2 cup of water. Grind to a fine paste.
- Add cooked horse gram to the vegetables, mix and add ground paste. Mix well and add water if required to adjust the consistency.
- Add tamarind extract (or use tamarind paste) and jaggery. Adjust salt. Add a sprig of curry leaves, combine well and boil for 2-3 minutes or till raw smell of tamarind dissipates. Switch off the flame.
- Tasty and healthy horse gram vegetable kootu is ready to serve. Serve hot with rice and enjoy.
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- Sprouted horse gram can also be used.
- You can add other vegetables like potato, brinjal etc.
- Use both byadagi and guntur red chilies for a spicier kootu. You can also add more peppercorns to increase the spice level.