Saturday, 14 July 2012

Vulava chaaru / Horsegram rasam

Haaa.... the name itself brings the warm feeling. This is a fine delicacy of Andhra Pradesh, India. Though the preparation is bit labour intensive, it is worthy. This will be served as a special dish in parties and wedding ceremonies.

Horse gram has got lots of medicinal values. It will regulate phlegm and also urinary disorders. That is why we prepare this frequently during winter season. It also helps in lowering cholesterol levels.

The lovely multi coloured energy rich horse gram  


Horse gram - 1 cup  
Tamarind  - lemon size. 
Garlic - 3 cloves
Red chili - 3-4
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Pepper -1 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Curry leaves - 2 strings
Coriander chopped - 2 tbsp


Roast red chili, garlic, cumin and pepper until they change the colour and leaves nice aroma. 
Allow them to cool and grind it coarsely.

Soak the Horse gram over night and in the morning boil them.

Grind them into fine paste.

In the mean time, boil tomato and tamarind until soft. squeeze thoroughly and remove the unwanted stuff.

Heat a deep pan with 1 tbsp of oil. When it is warm, add mustard and curry leaves. Momentarily stir them and the coarsely ground garlic, cumin and pepper mixture. Stir every thing and add tomato & tamarind water along with horse gram paste. Add some salt and 3 cups of water.

Add chopped coriander and bring it to boil. Serve warm with rice.

As boiling the Horse gram is very tedious job, you can boil them in large quantities at a time. Grind into paste and freeze them in multiple bags so that you can use them as and when required.

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