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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Kollu podi / horse gram podi

Horse gram can best be described as a reddish brown legume which is packed with a number of health benefits. It can help with a number of health problems as it is a grain which contains a good and rich amount of vitamins, proteins, and iron. In addition to weight loss, it helps in reduction of extra fat from the body. Horse gram is rich in B-complex vitamin and proteins. It helps in purifying menstruation and cures and prevents arthritis. The presence of a good amount of dietary fibre in the gram helps balance sugar glucose and blood pressure levels.

Horse gram seeds possess a rich content of polyphenols, flavonoids and proteins, the main anti-oxidants, which are mostly present in fruits. Therefore, a few of the main benefits which are associated with consuming horse gram are:

  • Horse gram can be mixed with asafoetida, dry ginger and a pinch of ‘veed salt’ to help treat stomach pain to provide immediate relief.
  • Incorporating horse gram in diet will help relieve pain from dry piles.
  • For women, intake of horse gram helps in purifying during the menstrual cycle.
  • Horse gram made into a semi-liquid solution will help reduce and prevent gas and flatulence.

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Horse gram is very easy and tasty like our any other legume. I have made kollu I podi which is used to mix in rice and eat along with coconut oil or ghee. Gun powder with horse gram is absolutely flavourful and tasteful. It's healthy too.

Ingredients :

  • Toor dal - 1/4 cup
  • Kollu - 1/2 cup
  • Gram dal - 1/2 cup
  • Pepper - 2 tsp
  • Red chilly - 5-6
  • Salt
  • Asafoedit


  • In a pan, dry roast each ingredient separately.
  • Cool them and grind it little coarsely.
  • Store in refrigeration if you are grinding a larger quantity.

Goes well with rice and coconut oil.

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