July 10, 2019

Kollu Chutney | Horsegram Chutney | GF and Vegan side for Idli and Dosa

Kollu or horse gram is known not only for its diuretic properties, but as an excellent source of vitamins and fibre as part of weight loss. As its a heat-generating ingredient, its used sparingly at our home, although I add the boiled stock often to soups during winters / rainy season. 

Kollu Rasam (Horesegram spiced broth) was a staple at my grandma's and I love it with some ghee and steamed rice. I also used Kollu / horse gram in my Uluva Chaaru biryani which was very well appreciated.

Horse gram is gluten-free, high in iron, calcium, and protein, and contains no fat, cholesterol, or sodium; horse gram has the highest calcium content among pulses. It is also a good source of natural antioxidants. One-hundred grams of cooked horse gram has 22 grams of protein, 57 grams of dietary carbohydrates, 287 milligrams of calcium and 7 milligrams of iron.  The study found that horse gram is rich in polyphenols, which have high antioxidant capacity. It also found that horse gram has the ability to reduce high blood sugar following a meal by slowing down carbohydrate digestion and reducing insulin resistance. The majority of antioxidant properties are in the seed coat, and any dish made of whole grain horse gram is better than dishes made from the sprouts, which have less of the anti-diabetic medicinal property. - source : here

Today we have the Kollu Chutney (PS: I wanted to make it as Thuvayal / Thogayal - a denser version of chutney which goes with Rice + sesame Oil) , but added a little additional water so I served this with Thinai Idli (foxtail millet Idli)

As part of the A-Z Recipe Challenge month, we have to choose an ingredient from alphabet H,  and although I had Honey and Harissa as serious contenders, I guess heart is where the hearth is, and I choose Horsegram.

Let's get to this Vegan, GF and plant based chutney. It goes great with Idli / Dosa/ Pongal / Paddu (Paniyaram) and we all loved the tangy-crunchy proteinicious dip with our morning breakfast.

This dish also goes to the MLLA  # 130 event that I am hosting (an event by Lisa. featuring lentils / legumes) all this July.

Readers - if you have any lentil/ legume entries that you would like to share, head to the linky tool here and simply add your recipe !!

Prep time - 15 mins, Cook time - 5 mins, Serves - 4

Kollu / Horsegram - 100 grams
Fresh Grated Coconut - 1/3 cup
Channa Dal / Kadalai Paruppu / Kadalebele - 2 TBSP
Urad Dal / Uddina Bele / Ulutham Paruppu - 3 tsp
Red chillies - 3 to 5 (adjust spice)
Tamarind - a small gooseberry size
Salt - to taste
Jaggery - 1 TBSP
Oil - 2 tsp

Oil - 1 tsp, curry leaves, urad dal 1/2 tsp, mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida (skip for GF)

In a pan, dry roast the horse gram for 2-3 mins on low/ medium heat till it becomes warm and slightly turns golden brown. Transfer to a plate.
In the same pan, heat 2 tsp oil, add the dals , chillies, tamarind and fry till the dals turn golden brown. Transfer to a plate. Switch off the flame and add the grated coconut and fry for 1 min (this step is optional, but increases the shelf life of the chutney). 
Cool all roasted ingredients, grind to a coarse paste (with very little water). Add salt and jaggery to taste. Remove to serving bowl.
Make the tempering spluttering the mustard and urad dal with other tempering ingredients. Pour on the chutney. 
Serve with Idli / Dosa / Paniyaram for a GF, Vegan meal :)

Other recipes with Kollu / Horsegram:

Kollu Rasam (Horesegram spiced broth) 

Uluva Chaaru biryani (horse gram broth Biryani)


  1. I absolutely adore Kollu thogayal. You're tempting me to make a batch right away.

    Brilliant picture! My heart longs for those idlis. :)

  2. I have to collect all the horsegram recipes emerging in this challenge for my horesgram crazy family... that chutney looks so good that I am sure my family would mop it up with idlis...

  3. Horsegram chutney looks tempting. Healthy and delicious. Thanks to the H letter theme. Now we have so many horsegram recipes.

  4. Kollu thogayal or Kollu chutney is my all time fav. Yours is tempting me to make. Also love those soft fluffy idlis.

  5. Chutney with horsegram is totally new to me. I could never imagine any recipe with horsegram than curry. This sounds like a great option for idli and dosa. Lovely share.

  6. Ok one more kollu bookmarked. Sounds delicious. I am yet to try this grain at home. This chutney better be the starter

  7. One of the best ways to consume Horsegram is a thogayal. Delicious with some sesame oil on top of piping hot rice. Sunday meals are sorted!

  8. All you girls with horse gram recipes truly amaze me, from a usuli, rasam, Saaru to chutney. How I've missed this important power packed bean is beyond me. Must try including it in my diet. Chutney with horse gram definitely must be tasting so different from the normal chutneys.

  9. Looks so good. Best chutney recipe which is loaded with nutrients, antioxidants.

  10. A chutney is a sure fire way to get a large amount of any ingredient into the diet. This kollu chutney looks so good and will be so welcome in my home.

  11. i might just get to loving theis recipe again as now I am attuned to the flavour. Looks like the coconut will help me through it as well...

  12. Your horsegram chutney sounds flavorful with that coconut , chilies and roasted lentils going in. Bookmarking this easy recipe to try over this weekend with some idli or dosa.Thanks for the wonderful share.

  13. Horsegram chutney is totally new to me. I’ve never used horsegram not in rasam not in chutneys. I totally love this H series, found many recipes with horsegram. This sounds like a great option for idli and dosa. This chutney is totally similar to coconut as we prepare. Will try this next time!!

  14. Never tried horsegram chutney.. will love to try it and have it with Idlis or Dosa ..recipe sounds so flavourful!!

  15. This chutney is perfect with so many things. Love these recipes which are super easy and have lots of health benefits as well.Feel like having a spoon full of this delicious chutney with steaming hot idlis. Awesome share!!

  16. wow !!! Horse gram chutney is a totally new dish for me ....  and th GF and vegan version is tempting me to try sometime surely :) lovely idea...


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