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Kollu Rasam Recipe | How to make Kollu Rasam | ಹುರಳಿ ಕಟ್ಟಿನ ಸಾರು | Horsegram spicy broth

Kollu or horsegram is a protein rich lentil, and consumed for its diuretic properties, it’s also known for allievating mild skin allergies. Today we have an aromatic broth (aka Rasam) made from these lentils. As with most Rasam varieties, this tastes best when eaten piping hot with rice and ghee along with a simple stir fry. 

Today’s recipe can also be made vegan if using vegan butter / ghee. Other dishes made with these legume are upperi (stir fry), ChutneyUluva Chaaru biryani, Sundals (steamed salads) and added to salads. 

Though not as popular as other lentils like Black gram (Urad dal) or Channa dal, this is usually eaten in rural areas for its healthy properties and is slowly making a comeback to urban kitchens now


Horse gram derives its English-language name from its use as a staple food for horses and cattle. The green plant—its leaves and branches, as well as the beans—are highly nutritive and are used as fodder. These small and somewhat kidney-shaped beans, which are greenish brown to reddish brown, are equally good for human consumption. In comparison, horse gram ranks as high as “super foods” such as quinoa and chickpeas that only health advocates have known about for years, but which have become common fare now.

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 health benefits of horse gram have been well-known since ancient times. It is used in Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of asthma, bronchitis, cough, gastric and urinary problems, and kidney stones. Studies by scientists at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology have found that unprocessed horse gram seeds not only possess anti-hyperglycemic properties but also have qualities which reduce insulin resistance. 

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

Note :

Cooking Horse gram is tricky, because of its hard texture , so be sure to soak it in warm water for at least 30-60 minutes before cooking. Pressure cooking works best for cooking this legume, although you can use stove top method with a large pan of boiling water for smaller quantities.

Lets get to the recipe then…



Kollu Rasam – Horsegram Spicy Broth

Best served with Hot rice and ghee (clarified butter)

Prep time : 15 mins, cook time : 10 mins, Serves :4


  • Kollu / Horsegram – 1/4 cup – soaked for 1-2 hours in hot water. 
  • Hot water – 300 ml
  • Salt- to taste
  • Sesame oil or Ghee (skip ghee for vegan) – 1 tsp
  • Jaggery – 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
  • Tamarind paste – 1 tsp (or you could use 1 large tomato, minced fine or pureed)

To grind:

  • Jeera / Cumin – 1/2 TBSP
  • Milagu / Whole Black pepper – 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander seeds – 1 TBSP
  • Dry Red Chillies – 2 nos or to taste


  • Ghee – 1 tsp (sub with vegan option if required)
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida / Hing – 1/8 tsp (skip if GF version if needed)
  • Curry leaves & coriander leaves – few



  1. Drain the soaked horse gram and boil in a open pan with hot water for 10-15 mins, drain the water and slightly mash up the horse gram with the back of a spoon.
  2. In a pan, roast all the ingredients to grind, one by one till aromatic. Cool and powder.
  3. In a deep bottomed pan, add 2 cups of water, tamarind paste, turmeric, salt, jaggery, ground spice powder and bring to a rolling boil. Now add the boiled horse gram and boil for 3-4 mins more.
  4. Prepare tempering with the tempering ingredients and add to the rasam.
  5. Adjust salt and spice and serve hot.




  1. MySpicyKitchen

    It is amazing how some of the old recipes and ingredients are becoming common due to their health benefits. Yummy looking rasam.

  2. The rasam looks really good, I have seen the recipe before, but never tasted it.

  3. vaishali sabnani

    Excellent rasam with so many health benefits .

  4. Suma Gandlur

    Must be one flavorful rasam. My mother's hometown is famous for this rasam though we don't make it.

  5. This is our favorite dish with horsegram..good one..

  6. Amara’s cooking

    We serve this rasam with cream in Andhra. One of our favorite…

  7. cookingwithsapana

    The rasam looks very tempting and inviting.

  8. I second Usha.. All the traditional recipes are becoming fashion and trendy these days. Millets, horsegram are gaining their popularity. I love this rasam. very nice.

  9. The Pumpkin Farm

    it is only after all these years that i am learning about the variety of rasams

  10. Priya Suresh

    Simply love this ultimate healthy rasam, my kind of food.

  11. What an amazing rasam recipe Kalyani — healthy, nutritious and delicious. Horse gram is on my list to buy from Indian grocery now.

  12. Nalini's Kitchen

    Such a healthy and comforting rasam.We make this rasam often in winter as kollu keeps the body warm..

  13. Gayathri Kumar

    This is one heatly and nutritious rasam. The rasam looks so inviting..

  14. In my mom's side they don't make it but my mil's side, since they are from the Ayurvedic physicians, it is common there. Lovely post detailing the benefits.

  15. Smruti Ashar

    I have never had a horse gram Rasam Kalyani. Your version looks healthy and delicious. Great way to include the pulse in daily cooking 🙂

  16. That a healthy rasam recipe perfect and comfort food..

  17. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    I have heard so much about this rasam, but never tasted it. Must try it when I come to India next time. Looks delicious!

  18. Chef Mireille

    healthy and tasty I am sure

  19. very healthy rasam recipe

  20. One of the rare and forgotten dish. Good that you posted it Kalyani. I love this rasam.

  21. This is a very tasty rasam and healthy one too. I have started preparing this often now

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