I have discussed a lot about Kongu cuisine in my previous posts, so I am going straight to the recipe today.Kollu Kadaiyal,a nutritious dish to go with steamed rice.
Kollu is what we better know as ‘Horse gram‘.It is known by the names – Gahat, Kulath, Kulthi, ulavalu, etc.If you are aware of its other name please share it with us in the comments section.Botanically it is known by the name– Macrotyloma uniflorum.
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.
I have here today a recipe that is from the cook in MIL’s place.A very easy one and yet you are bound to be surrounded by the wonderful health benefits.Kadaiyal can be translated as mashing so this dish does not have whole lentils,but are lightly mashed to give a creamy texture to the dish.
Want some more goodies from the Kongu Cuisine?Check these out…
Arisi Paruppu sadham – A delicious one pot meal of rice and lentils.
Pachai Payaru Kadaiyal– A dish similar to the above using green gram/whole moong to go with steamed rice.
Urulaikkizhangu Curry – Spicy potato curry.