Horse gram is one of nutritionally very rich beans. These beans less known as human food, but are highly used in feeding horses & hence the name. Adding horse gram in our daily diet has many health benefits. As it is rich in protein, dietary fibre, Calcium, potassium and other minerals, it has proven benefit in maintaining bone health. In Ayurveda, it is treated as medicinal bean and believed to have benefit in curing cold & related issues like fever & bronchitis. It is good for weight reduction, is helpful in the treatment of small kidney stones according to Ayurveda.
Horse gram is usually avoided just because of its smell which is not very pleasant. So it is good to include it in smaller quantity in various dishes. I am going to post one such recipe today, which is Horse gram sweet chutney. It makes a perfect combination for Neer dosa. For a change, this chutney has no chilly & no tamarind. I learnt it from my sister in law Vinaya Girish, who has many simple yet healthy recipes on her shoulder. Thanks to her!
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Horse gram/ Huruli – ½ cup
Grated fresh coconut – ¼ cup
Salt – to taste (about ½ tsp)
Jaggery (powdered/ grated) – 2-3 heaped tsp, adjust to taste
Dry Red chilli - 1 or 2 (optional)
Oil - few drops
Mustard, oil, curry leaves - Seasoning (optional)
- Dry roast horse gram in a pan until turns brown & you get a nice aroma.
- On cooling, wash clean and cook in a pressure cooker with 1 cup of water. It requires 4-5 whistles. Allow pressure to settle down.
- Meanwhile fry dry red chilli with few drops of oil (chilli wasn't used in original recipe).
- When horse gram is cooked and cools a bit, grind it with grated coconut in a mixer. Add salt and jaggery to it while grinding and add water as required to get desired consistency. You need not make it very smooth.
- Serve this chutney with neer dosa.