Kollu Parupu is Horse Gram. It’s famous in Kongu Samayal. We all know horse gram since it is the main food for horses, but many people don’t know they are the best to treat cold. Horse gram is not famous in many places. I am from Coimbatore and this is popular in my city but people from other places never eat Horse gram.
I try to add Kollu in our diet especially during winter. Kollu Parupu with kollu rasam is heavenly delicious. I follow the same method to make green gram chutney. I don’t like to have bits while eating Kollu or Green Gram, so I grind them after adding all the ingredients.
The important thing is Horse gram is very good if you want to lose weight in a healthy way. Horse gram needs a good clean before cooking. It has small stones and dust particle in this lentil. I always clean 2 to 3 times before I pressure cook them. This lentil takes time to cook so I soak them in lukewarm water for 20 minutes before I pressure cook. This need to cook for 4 to 5 whistles to get mashed lentil.
Horse Gram lentil needs proper storing after cooking. Store the left-over chutney in the fridge otherwise it will go waste. We have added shallots to get the authentic taste. Don’t cook onions and coriander seeds for a long time because they give authentic taste to the dish. This reminds me of my childhood days where we eat this very often with hot steam rice with a spoonful of ghee.
Kollu Parupu or Horse Gram Lentil can be served with white rice along with Kollu Rasam. I like to have some spicy sides and my favourite is Potato fry or Yam fry.
Here is the detailed recipe:
Take 300 gms of horse gram in a pressure cooker. I have washed and soaked the lentil for 20 minutes for fast cooking. Add 2 cups of water and cook for 4 to 5 whistles.
Note: Horse Gram takes a very long time to cook
Add 1 tomato (make small slits on the top) and add along with the lentils.
Add some salt to taste and 1 tsp turmeric.
Add 1 tsp castor oil and cover and cook for 4 to 5 whistles.
Note: Adding castor oil helps in cooking. You can even add any normal cooking oil.
Once the pressure is released, open the pressure cooker. This is how the lentil looks after it is cooked. Mix well and set it aside.
Take a pan, add 2 tbsp oil and add 4 to 5 shallots
Then add 3 garlic cloves and 2 red chillies.
Note: You can add more red chillies if you prefer spicy masiyal.
Then add 1 tsp cumin seeds and 1 tbsp coriander seeds
Now add 1 tsp peppercorns and mix well for few seconds. Don’t cook for too long since we want to get the raw smell from onions and coriander seeds.
Add the fried ingredients along with the cooked lentil and add few curry leaves.
Now take everything in a blender and grind it to a smooth paste.
Horse Gram Masiyal/கொள்ளு பருப்பு மசியல் is ready to serve with rice and ghee.
Kollu Parupu Masiyal is Ready