Kollu/horse gram dhal/ ulavalu/ hurali/ kulthi(kulith) - Sambar

In Tamil, this is referred as KOLLU . Normally used to feed horses. But Cuisines are also common. Kollu porial, Kollu avial, kollu sambar, kollu rasam, kollu dhal. Like any traditional ayurvedic cuisine that is referred as "Food is Medicine & Medicine is food", this is also one such food grain.

Horse gram dhal - 1/2 - 3/4 cup
Onion - 1 small chopped fine
Tomato - 2 small chopped fine
Vegetables - 1 cup chopped( can use brinjal, chow chow, drumstick, carrot or optional can make it plain sambar....)
Green chillies - 2 slit long
Tamarind - a small lime size
Sambar powder - 1 tbsp( or as spice needed)
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Coriander leaves - for garnishing
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt as needed

For tempering:
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Urad dhal - 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Curry leaves - few
Oil - 1 tsp

Soak horse gram dhal overnight and cook them in a pressure cooker/pan next day by adding enough water to immerse completely for 3 - 4 whistles... remove and mash well.... keep aside. This dhal is little difficult to mash ... so if it doesn't get mashed ... drain the water and save it( add to the sambar)... then try to mash the dhal or just blend it coarsely in a blender/ mixer( do not grind it too fine ).

By then soak tamarind in 1 cup of water for 20 minutes and extract pulp.

Heat a tbsp of oil and add onions... fry till transparent... next add slit green chillies and saute for a minute... then add chopped tomatoes and fry till they are mashed and pulpy... now add any vegetables of your choice and fry for 1 - 2 minutes and add tamarind pulp( can also add some additional water)... cook till the vegetables are soft... then add the cooked and mashed dhal... also add sambar powder, turmeric powder and salt... cook till it comes up to a boil and temper it with the tempering ingredients and ... garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve with hot rice.

1 comments/Reactions:

Anonymous said...

It came out like a karakulambu, but it is very good.

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