Horse gram chutney powder recipe

Known as horse grain - hurali kalu chutney
kollu podi - kulith chutney

This horse gram chutney powder recipe is simple and easy to make. Horsegram/horsegrain/kulith/kulathi is a very nutritious grain.

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You can store and use this chutney powder for more than a month. After making this chutney powder, you can use it to make some variations which are given below.

Horse gram - kulith is commonly used in the South Indian States. There are many traditional recipes using kulith.

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In Indian languages horse gram is known as kulthi (Hindi), kulith (Marathi), hurli (Kannada), kollu (Tamil), Muthira (Malayalam ), ulavalu (Telgu), gahat etc.

There are many health benefits of horsegram - kulith. It provides dietary fiber, vitamin C, protein and iron.

Horse gram gives warmth to the body, so it is good to eat in cold winter months.

It is good for regulating menstruation but should be avoided by pregnant women.

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How to make horse gram chutney powder - Kollu podi - Kulith powder

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Ingredients to make 1 cup chutney podi

  • Horse gram / kulith - 1/2 cup
  • Urad dal - 1 tbsp
  • Grated dry coconut - Copra - 1/4 cup
  • Tamarind - small piece
  • Curry leaves - 8-10 dry1/2 tsp
  • oil to fry dry chilies.
  • Hing - Asafoetida - a pinch
  • Salt - 1 tsp, more or less according to taste
  • Jaggery - 1/2 tsp or according to taste.
  • Dried red chilies - 8-10, more or less according to taste.

Roasting ingredients and making horsegram chutney powder

We roast the ingredients one by one and keep them on a plate to cool.

  1. Heat a pan on medium heat. Add horse gram and dry roast till it changes color, about 2-3 minutes. But do not let it turn black. Remove onto a plate to cool.
  2. Dry roast urad dal till it turns pinkish. Remove on to the plate.
  3. Roast red chilies with 1/2 tsp oil.
  4. Roast grated copra
  5. Dry roast curry leaves till they are crisp.
  6. When all the ingredients are cool, grind together to a fine powder. You may also grind it a bit coarse if you prefer.

Horsegram / kulith chutney is ready. Store in air tight bottle. It has a shelf life of more than a month.

Various uses for horsegram / kulith chutney powder

Once chutney powder is ready, you can use it in many variations to make your meal nutritious and healthy.

Serving suggestions

  • You can serve this chutney podi with plain rice, chapatti, paratha, dosa, idli, uttapam poori etc.

Sprinkle some chutney pudi on hot plain rice along with a little ghee and salt(optional).

Horse gram chutney paste for serving with dosa, uttappam

  • Mix 2 tbsp chutney powder
  • with 1/2 cup freshly grated coconut,
  • a little salt and
  • 2-3 tbsp water.

  1. Grind all the ingredients to make into a chutney paste and serve with idli, dosa etc.
  2. You may add tadka / tempering with oil, mustard / cumin seeds, hing to this chutney paste.

Horse gram raita recipe with yogurt/curd

Ingredients for raita

  • 1 cup fresh yogurt,
  • 2 tbsp horse grain chutney powder,
  • 1/2 tsp sugar( or according to taste)
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 finely chopped green chili (optional)
  1. Mix all the ingredients together. Add water if necessary to adjust consistency to your liking.
  2. You may add tadka / tempering with oil, mustard / cumin seeds, hing to this raita.

Horsegram raita with tamarind juice


  • small lime size ball of tamarind,
  • 2 tbsp horse grain chutney powder,
  • 1/2 tsp Jaggery( or according to taste)
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped onion(optional)
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped tomatoes (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 finely chopped green chili (optional)
  1. Soak tamarind in warm water for 10 minutes.
  2. Extract juice by squeezing tamarind pulp. We need about 1/2 cup extract.
  3. Mix all the ingredients with the extracted tamarind water.
  4. Temper with mustard seeds, hing, curry leaves

Serve with rice.

Tips for variation:

  • You may add 1 or 2 tbsp chana dal or toor dal to the mix.
  • Roast the dal. Add 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp coriander seeds after roasting them separately.

Hope you will find this horse gram chutney powder recipe useful. 

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