Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Horse gram Rasam

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Horse gram is a much neglected gram /lentil with a lot of medicinal value.The rich fiber content and the body heat generating property of horse gram helps in reducing the body fat in a fast mode.Let's see a recipe of Rasam with Horse gram, this is a very good remedy for colds coughs and running nose.


Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Curry Leaf - 1 sprig
Garlic peeled and chopped - 4 pearls
Tomato chopped  - 1
Water - 5-6 cups
Black pepper -  tbsp
Coriander powder - 2-3 tsp
Cumin powder - 1 tsp
Horse gram - 2 cups 
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Tamarind - 1/2 Lemon size
salt as per taste
Cilantro optional

1)Soak the horse gram overnight in water and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
2)Heat oil in a deep bottomed vessel,add mustard seeds,fenugreek seeds,cumin seeds.Once they splutter add asafoetida powder,curry leaves and garlic.
3)To this add tomato and cook for about 4-5 minutes in medium flame till the oil oozes out.
4)Then pour in water and add the coriander,Cumin and Black pepper powders.
5)Add horse gram,turmeric powder and tamarind paste.Allow to boil nicely for 10-12 minutes.
6)As soon as the rasam starts to boil,immediately switch off and add salt.Garnish with finely chopped cilantro.
1)When you pressure cook the horse gram,save the left over water from the cooked horse gram and use it to make rasam.
2)Goes well with plain rice.