to horse gram nutrition facts page. Horse gram, as the name suggests,
is commonly used as fodder for horses. That is how they get their 'horse
power'. It is also very good for human consumption. It is used more
commonly in the south Indian states.
Horse gram is also known as horse grain in English. In Indian languages it is known as kulthi (Hindi), kulith (Marathi), hurli (Kannada), kollu (Tamil), Muthira (Malayalam ), ulavalu (Telgu) gahat, galath etc.
It is a reddish brown, greenish brown colored, hard bean / legume. It is small, flatish. Horse gram has a long shelf life when you store in a cool dry place.
It needs to be presoaked and takes longer time to cook compared to other beans. Even when fully cooked, the grains remain separate and it does not get mushy.
It takes almost same time as kabuli chana (garbanzo beans) to cook even though it is smaller. If possible cook it in the pressure cooker so that you can reduce cooking time.
You can also cook / boil it in an open pot with lots of water. This water is also used to make soup / saaru / curry.
Pregnant women should avoid consuming horse gram as it is heat producing.
It can be taken after the delivery.
Sprouted or germinated horse gram may be available in the nearby market where you live. But it is very easy to make at home.
What you need for sprouting horse gram
Method to sprout horse gram
You can use these sprouted horse gram in salads, soups, raita make curry with the sprouted kulith or add them along with other vegetables to make a mixed curry.
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