Horsegram Rasam or Kollu Rasam







 Horsegram or kollu has numerous health benefits. It is rich in protein, Iron and calcium. It is low in fat, lipid and sodium. Hence it is a very diabetic friendly legume and helps to fight obesity too. So here is a simple recipe to use in your daily menu.
INGREDIENTS
Recipe adapted from Kanamma cooks
Horsegram/Kollu
1/4 cup
Water
2 cups
Pepper corns
tsp
Cumin seeds
1 tsp
Garlic
 Cloves
Tomato
2
Tamarind
Small marble sized
Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp
Asafoetida
1/4 tsp
Oil
1 tbsp
FOR THE SEASONING
Oil
1tsp
Mustard
1 tsp
Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp
Coriander
1 tbsp

PREPARATION
Soak the horsegram in water for 30 minutes
Soak the tamarind in warm water for 30 minutes. Squeeze it and take out the extract and keep aside
Cook it in 2 cups of water in a cooker up to 6 whistles. Else it remains a little hard. Strain the water and keep it aside
Heat oil in a pan and fry the pepper and cuin seeds. When it starts to crackle add the garlic and saute it for 1 minute.
Now add the chopped tomato and continue to saute till the tomato turns mushy.
Now add a handful of the cooked horsegram to this and cook for 1 minute. Switch of the fire and let it cool
Transfer the sautéed mixture to a mixie /grinder and grind it to a smooth paste
Now transfer the tamarind extract to a pan. Add another cup of water to this. Add salt and let it boil for few minutes till the saw smell of the tamarind goes away.
Now add the ground spice mix, turmeric powder and asafoetida, mix well and continue to cook in medium flame for another 3-4 minutes
Garnish with coriander and switch off the fire
Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan and add the mustard and cumin seeds. When it starts to splutter add this tempering to the prepared rasam

Serve warm with rice and curry



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