Kollu or horsegram dal/kulith is well known for its health benefits, particularly amongst people wanting to lose weight and stay healthy. According to WIKI , scientists from the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology have found that unprocessed raw horse gram seeds not only possess anti-hyperglycemic properties but also have qualities which reduce insulin resistance. The scientists made a comparative analysis between horse gram seeds and their sprouts and found that the seeds would have greater beneficial effects on the health of hyperglycemic individuals. The majority of anti-oxidant properties are confined to the seed coat and its removal would not do any good. Raw horse gram seed is rich in polyphenols, flavonoids and proteins, major anti-oxidants present in fruits and other food materials. The seed has the ability to reduce post-prandial hyperglycemia by slowing down carbohydrate digestion and reduce insulin resistance.
This Kollu rice mix powder is something i tasted at my sister-in-law’s place. I couldn’t exactly remember the reciep, so i tried to mix and match the ingredients to my taste and got this powder. This tastes awesome with rice and Gingely oil and makes a good Mixed Rice for lunch box.
2 tbsp Coriander seeds
2 tbsp Chana Dal
3 tbsp Kollu/Kulith/horsegram dal
3 tbsp Walnuts
2 tbsp white sesame seeds
4-5 red chilies (i used long variety)
- Dry roast each ingredient separately until golden brown. While roasting sesame and walnuts, switch off the flame and roast them in the residual heat.
- Let the ingredients cool completely. Take them together in a small mixer and grind them to a powder.
- Do not run the mixer continously, since walnut and sesame would release oil and will become butter. So pulse the mixture, to get a almost fine powder.
- The powder might look all clumpy, spread it on a plate and let it rest for a while, it will separate. Store the powder in an air-tight bottle.
- To Mix it with rice, for 2 fistfuls of cooked rice, just add a tsp of this spice mix with a tsp of gingely oil and adjust salt and mix well. Enjoy with any crisp of dry curry on the side.