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Horse gram, scientifically known as Macrotyloma uniflorum, is a legume commonly cultivated in Southeast Asia and is known for its various health benefits. The Kulthi bean, Hurali, or Madras gram know as regional.

Why the name Horse Gram?

Horse gram is a common food for horses and cattle since the olden days. It is one of the protein rich and high-powered so it’s fed to horses before race. Horse gram is grown in many parts of India and is consumed either whole, sprouted, or powdered.

Here are some potential health benefits associated with horse gram consumption:

1.      Rich in nutrients: Horse gram is a good source of protein, dietary fiber, iron, calcium, and vitamins (especially vitamin C and vitamin A). It also contains antioxidants and polyphenols, which are beneficial for overall health.

2.      Traditional medicine: Horse gram powder is a versatile remedy that can effectively treat asthma, bronchitis, urinary problems, jaundice, peptic ulcers, hemorrhoids, and menstrual problems, while also helping in fever control.

3.      Weight management: The high fiber content of horse gram helps promote satiety, reducing hunger pangs and aiding in weight management. It helps in lowering LDL cholesterol and increase in HDL cholesterol. The seed can directly attack the fatty tissues melt body fat and keep your body in shape and promote cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of heart disease.

4.      Digestive health: The dietary fiber in horse gram can aid digestion, prevent constipation, and promote regular bowel movements. It can also help reduce the risk of digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and colon cancer.

5.      Diabetic control: Horse gram has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine to manage diabetes. The un-sprouted horse gram is believed to have properties that help regulate blood sugar levels and improve insulin resistance.

6.      Treats Menstrual Disorders: Horse gram contains high levels of iron which helps to cure irregular menstrual cycles. Increasing hemoglobin levels owing to its high iron content reduces the chance of anemia besides a thick, yellowish vaginal discharge, also known as leucorrhoea from the body.

7.      Kidney stone prevention: Some studies suggest that horse gram has diuretic properties and may help in the prevention and treatment of kidney stones. It is believed to help dissolve and flush out kidney stones due to its high fiber content and specific compounds present in it.

Horsegram can be consumed in a variety of dishes, curries, salads, dhals, and chutneys. Below is a recipe for Horse Gram chutney. It tastes best with Rice kanji.

 Ingredients:

·      1 cup horsegram (kulthi or kollu)

·      2-3 dry red chilies

·      1/2cup grated coconut

·      3 cloves of garlic

·      1 teaspoon coriander seeds

·      1teaspoon cumin seeds

·      A small piece of tamarind

·      Salt to taste

·      Water as needed

For tempering (optional)

·      1 tablespoon oil

·      1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds

·      A pinch of asafoetida (hing)

·      Curry leaves (optional)

Method:

1.      Wash the horse gram thoroughly and drain the water before using.

2.      In a pan, dry roast the horse gram over medium heat until it becomes slightly browned and fragrant. Remove from heat and let it cool down.

3.      In the same pan, add a little oil and sauté the dry red chilies, garlic cloves, coriander seeds, and cumin seeds. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

4.      Grind the roasted horse gram along with the sautéed ingredients from step 3, tamarind, and salt to a coarse paste. Add water gradually as needed to achieve the desired consistency.

5.      Transfer the chutney to a serving bowl.

6.      In a small pan, heat oil for tempering. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Then add asafoetida and curry leaves (if using). Fry for a few seconds until the curry leaves turn crisp.

7.      Pour the tempering over the horse gram chutney and mix well.

8.      Your horse gram chutney is ready to serve! It goes well with dosa, idli, rice, or any other South Indian dish.

Enjoy your horse gram chutney!

Horse gram chutney

Certainly! While horse gram has potential health benefits, it's important to note that individual results may vary, and it should be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet. If you have specific health conditions, it's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before incorporating horse gram or any other pulses into your diet. During pregnancy, it's advisable to consume horse gram seeds in moderation. Eating large amounts of horse gram could lead to a significant increase in body heat, which may not be desirable during pregnancy. It's always a good idea to listen to your body and make informed choices based on your specific health needs.

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