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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Kollu Rasam/ Horse gram Rasam

Fall has officially started and it is getting cold here. With the change in the weather, health is also likely to get affected. For the past 2 days, I have been suffering from sore throat and  I prepared Kollu Rasam as a home remedy. I got the recipe from my friend Geetha and did some tweaks to suit my taste buds and It came out delicious and was so soothing for the sore throat. My husband too loved this rasam.  
Coming to today's recipe- Kollu Rasam, It is a spicy tangy soup prepared with horse gram. Kollu is supposed to have lot of health benefits like remedy for cold, lowering cholesterol, helps in loosing weight etc., Though it is very good for health, pregnant ladies or person having tuberculosis & plethora must stay away from horse gram.

What are the ingredients needed?

Kollu/ Horse gram, 1/2 cup
Tamarind, 1 big gooseberry size
Garlic, 3-4 cloves
Cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon
Pepper, 1 teaspoons
Oil, 2 teaspoon
Mustard seeds, 1/2 teaspoon
Pearl onions, 5-6 nos (de-skinned and chopped)
Curry leaves, 1 sprig
Green Chillies, 2 nos
Tomato, 1 no. (medium sized)- Chopped
Asafoetida, a pinch
Turmeric powder, 1/4 teaspoon
Salt, to taste
Cilantro, a handful

Kollu Rasam
How it is made?
  1. Soak Kollu for about half an hour and pressure cook it along with  2 cups of water and a teaspoon of oil. Let the pressure release and then drain the excess water and set aside. Add more water to the dal, slightly mash and then drain them.
  2. Soak tamarind in warm water and extract the juice and discard the pulp. Add tamarind juice along with extracted kollu water and keep it aside. I got about 3 1/2 cups of liquid together.
  3. Crush garlic, cumin seeds and pepper and keep them ready.
  4. Heat oil in a skillet, add mustard seeds and when they crack add chopped pearl onions, curry leaves, crushed garlic, green chillies and fry till the onions turn translucent.
  5. Then add the chopped tomatoes, pinch of asafoetida, crushed cumin and pepper along with turmeric powder, mix well and cook till tomatoes turn soft.
  6. Then add the tamarind and kollu water mixture, add salt to taste, check the consistency add more water if needed (I added about 1/2 cup more), then bring it to boil, then lower the heat and let it simmer for 4-5 minutes, then turn off the heat.
  7. Then add a handful of cilantro mix well and serve warm.
  • The cooked kollu can be used to make dhal, sundal or chutney. I used to make sundal and will post the recipe soon.
  • According to personal heat tolerance level adjust chilli and amount of pepper. Since I consumed this as a remedy for cold, this amount was perfect for me.


  1. i love horsegram and interesting to know about this rasam... bookmarking it!

  2. Rasam with hot rice i will die for... so so tempting

  3. Very comforting and my favourite rasam..

  4. I have always wanted to make this rasam as R loves it :) looks superb da

  5. now its perfect fall weather to have hot bowl of sambhar and rasam to indulge. going to try soon.

  6. Very comforting rasam. Bookmarking it.

  7. did try this from my friends place...am a lover for kollu but rasam with its cooked water is sure a something good for

  8. Delicious and healthy rasam.... super...

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  10. Healthy & tasty rasam good for cold and cough, wonderful dear !

  11. my fav rasam..flavorful and comforting...

  12. I love this rasam..i too make all the time....

  13. Rasam with horsegram, that is something nw to me. Nice recipe Divya, will try it out on one of the cold winter days.

  14. wow..your version of kollu rasam sounds too good...will try this way, with onions...good one Divya!

  15. I love rasam..this is healthy too..thanks for the new method...

  16. Healthy and comforting rasam.

  17. I have this really bad cold, and wish I could have some of that rasam. Love it!


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