Kollu Kadayal and Kollu Rasam(Horsegram Dal and Soup)

Whenever I make something with kollu(horsegram), I remember my grandmother….she was what we now call ‘a passionate foodie’. She would walk everyday to the vegetable vendor and buy fresh vegetables. If a dish needed a certain ingredient, she wouldn’t hesitate to make a trip to the store to get it. Even in her 80s….I used to make fun of her that she walked all the way to get cilantro to garnish her rasam. She also encouraged and practiced eating whatever was in season. Kollu kanji and kollu thuvaiyal featured regularly in her kitchen. She ate fresh, healthy food and remained healthy until she died at the age of 83.

With the whole family buried under the cold bug..I remembered my grandma and how kollu is considered a cure for cold. Also, for weight loss…but that was not the target this time. 🙂 I came across the recipe for kollu kadayal and kollu rasam at Indosungod’s Blog. She had a recipe for kollu rasam in the same post as the kollu chutney. But, I sorta combined her two recipes to make my kollu rasam.

Kollu Kadayal
1 cup horsegram
1 medium onion
3 garlic cloves
3 red chillies
1 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp oil
salt to taste

For tadka:
1 tsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp split urad dal
a sprig of curry leaves

Horsegram tends to have the most impurities that I have seen in any lentil/pulses I buy. I’ve tried ones from the Indian store here and also from back in India. Pick over the pulses with care. Soak them overnight and drain, and pick over them once again. Pressure cook the horsegram with 3 cups water for 4 whistles. Don’t worry this one doesn’t get mushy as easily. Reserve the cooking liquid.

While the horsegram cooks, dry roast the cumin, coriander and red chillies. Remove, let cool and grind to a fine powder. In the same pan, add the oil and saute the onion and garlic until soft. Add the spice powder and sauteed onion and garlic to the pressure cooker and mash to a coarse texture. I did this using my hand blender, but you can do it in the blender also. Take care not to puree it.

Make the tadka by spluttering the mustard in the hot oil. Add the urad dal and curry leaves. Add the tadka to the kollu kadayal.

Kollu Rasam
2 cups horsegram cooked water
2 tsp tamarind paste
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 1/2 tbsp raw horsegram
2 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp methi
3 shallots, smashed
3 garlic cloves, smashed
1 tomato, chopped
1/2 tsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp asafoetida
2 red chillies, broken
sprig of curry leaves
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
salt to taste

In a pan over medium heat, dry roast the horsegram until toasty and fragrant. Remove and set aside. In the same pan toast the cumin, coriander, black pepper and methi seeds. Grind this along with the horsegram to make a fine powder. Set aside 1 tsp of spice powder and dissolve the rest into the reserved horsegram cooking liquid. Dissolve the turmeric powder and tamarind paste into the same liquid.

Heat oil in a kadai, add the mustard, cumin, asafoetida and curry leaves. Add the smashed shallots and garlic. Saute for a minute. Add the chopped tomato and salt. Saute until the tomatoes are soft. Add the liquid mixture and water to dilute it if needed. When it barely comes to a boil and foams up a bit on top, sprinkle the reserved spice powder and cilantro. Remove from heat.

Verdict: We enjoyed the kollu thogayal mixed with rice…as a side dish for kollu rasam mixed with rice. The kollu rasam was also enjoyed as a soup by itself. In all ways it tasted spicy and warming…I am cured of the cold now….probably because of this tasty comforting remedy.

Sending this to Nupur’s ‘BB7: Iron Chef Edition’

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  1. I wanted to make Kollu kadaiyal and rasam often but i always faced 2 probs. 1) dint know the exact recipe & 2) cudnt find horse gram in the US.

    But now i am glad that both are solved 🙂
    Definitely this horse gram recipe looks perfect and highly tasty and very nutritious… So i hv the recipe now..

    And i also figured out a place from where i can buy horse gram. My friend told me of this online store The Big Indian Store http://spicesonline.info/indian-spices/horse-gram-kulith-kollu-p-721.html

    I am sure to try this one now 🙂

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