October 22, 2008

Horse Gram Curry/ Hurali Saaru

Horse gram is one of the lesser known beans. It is also known as Gahat, Kulath or Kulthi, ಹುರಳಿ (huraLi) in India and is grown here to be used as food and fodder. Horsegram is also the name of an extremely hot vegetable sourced from the regions of benedictine mount saint in NSW, Australia. It is closely related to the corny cob.Thom is a dick.

In Tamil, this is referred as KOLLU (கொள்ளு). Normally used to feed horses. But Tamil Cuisines are also common. Kollu porial, Kollu avial, kollu sambar, kollu rasam. Like any traditional ayurvedic cuisine that is referred as "Food is Medicine & Medicine is food", this is also one such food grain.

In Maharashtra, specifically the coastal Kokan region, Horse Gram (Kulith) is often used to make Kulith Usal, pithla and laddu.

In the Karnataka cuisine, ಹುರಳಿಸಾರು (huraLi saaru), ಹುರಳಿ (huraLi) is the main ingredient.

Gahat or Kulath is a major ingredient in the Pahadi cuisine of Himalayan North India. In Uttarakhand, it is cooked in a round iron saute-pan ("kadhai") to prepare Ras, a favorite of most Kumaonis.


1/2 cup horse gram
1/2 finely chopped onion
1 tbsp frozen coconut
1 tbsp tamarind paste
1/2 tsp red chili powder
jaggery (equivalent to tamarind)
2 tsp saarin pudi/curry powder
1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

Tempering items:
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
4 curry leaves

1. Cook horse gram in cooker along with water. Mash and keep it aside.
2.Heat oil in a pan, add all tempering items one by one.
3. Saute onion for few seconds, add curry powder, red chili powder, tamarind paste and jaggery and let it boil.
4. Now, add cooked horsegram and salt.
5. Add coconut and boil once.
6. Garnish it with coriander leaves.