Sprouted Horse gram Korma /Kollu Kurma

In an attempt to eat healthy and also stretch the dollar, I soak and sprout at least two types of beans every week. Sometimes I use them right away, and sometimes I freeze the sprouted beans, to make an easy curry or dal. Last week, I had frozen some horse gram sprouts with the hope of using them sometime and yesterday I made a very delicious korma to go with my rotis.

Horse gram is a little known bean in America, but it is a common legume in India. In Tamil it is known as kollu and is a common food for horses. There is a saying that goes: ‘Elachavanukku ellu, koluthavanukku kollu’, meaning ‘To one who is skinny, give sesame seeds, and one who is fat give horsegram’. It is known to aid in weight loss and made into a soup.

I made this korma in the pressure cooker in about 20 minutes. It is that easy.

Ingredients:
1 cup of sprouted horsegram
1 tbsp oil
1 cinnamon, 2 cloves, 2 cardamom pod
1 sprig of curry leaves
1 onion chopped
1 tomato chopped
1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tbsp coriander powder
1/2 cup coconut milk
salt to taste
cilantro or chives(for garnish)

To grind:
2 tbsp coconut
1 tbsp fried gram dal(pottukadalai)
1 green chilly
1 clove garlic

Method:
In a pressure cooker, heat the oil and add the cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. When they are fried, add the chopped onion and curry leaves. Saute for a couple of minutes. Meanwhile grind the ingredients under ‘to grind’ to a paste. Set aside. Add the tomatoes and salt and fry for a couple of minutes. Add the sprouted horsegram, the chilli powder, garam masala, coriander powder, the ground paste, the coconut milk and 1 cup of water to the pressure cooker. Close and let cook for 4 whistles or until done. Remove and garnish with chives or cilantro. Serve hot with rotis or parathas.

Verdict: The curry was creamy and thick from the addition of the coconut milk and the sprouted horsegram was soft, but still had a bite to it.

This is my entry to ‘My Legume Love Affair #25‘, an event originally started by Susan of ‘The well Seasoned Cook’.

I am also sending this curry to Priya’s ‘Let’s Sprout’ Event.

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