This is a much ignored lentil but it possesses immense health benefits.Many still associate it to cattle feed without knowing its properties.
- The important thing about this pulse is that it is like a magic bullet for weight loss.
- It is beneficial in the treatment of anemia.
- It is a diuretic.
- It helps in the treatment of piles
- A thin soup of these seeds is beneficial for the treatment of sore throat and cold.
It is said that cooking,soaking and then cooking,roasting ,germination increase the nutritive value of this lentil.The recipes that are usually prepared are Kollu paruppu podi [Spice mix],kollu rasam[a kind of soup / side dish with steamed rice],kollu saaru[juice],kollu chutney,sundal,sambar.
Kollu Kadaiyal - A creamy side dish to go with steamed rice.Also known by the names kollu masiyal,kadanja kollu.This dish is a typical one from kongu cuisine.
Sprouted horsegram salad -Horsegram sprouts cooked and lightly seasoned.Can be had as a snack with tea / as a side dish for lunch.
Kollu paruppu podi - A spice mix to go with steamed rice.
Kollu Rasam - Tasty horsegram soup ,can be served as such or with steamed rice.
Horsegram Dosa / Kollu dosai / Horsegram crepes-A tasty and healthy breakfast dish.
Kollu-paruppu vadai - A Crispy crunchy snack,perfect with lunch or a piping cup of hot tea
Kollu Idli- a tasty and healthy variation to the regular Idli's