Horsegram coconut masala/Kollu masala - Side dish for Roti & Rice

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Tuesday, April 10, 2018

I make roti almost every other day, either for lunch or for dinner. Both my kiddos love to eat roti's anytime of the day. My lil one prefers it with labneh/curd cheese, and my elder one loves it with a spicy side. With so many roti days, i definitely have to look for different curries. My hubby is a happy soul with paneer, Lobia/black-eyed peas. But kids would definitely get bored and me too!! 
When you have interest in cooking, you have a crazy energy to try new things, with that same crazy energy i once tried something new with horsegram. My hubby begged me not to make that side again 😅. 
Poor man, he never interferes in the kitchen business, infact he comes to know the menu only when he opens his lunch/breakfast dabba.  So, when he makes such a request, than there was definitely something, more than bad about that dish!!😆😆 So, i adhered his request and didnt try making horsegram again. But now with around 1/2 kg soaked horsegram in the freezer, everytime i open the freezer i felt such a sharp guilt pain in my gut!
So, i was on a mission again, looking for some foolproof recipes with horsegram. While searching, i came across a blog(sorry i forgot the name), where they cooked it with baking soda first and then made it into a curry. Horsegram has different taste, more earthy, to put it decent, which many might not like. I found cooking with baking soda, cuts that sharp taste. The day i made this coconut masala for lunch, kids and my parents were at home, and they all had an extra serving of the curry, my elder one liked it so much, that he licked the bowl clean.  I had to make this again the next day for my hubby's dinner, this time he begged me to make this again for his lunch dabba. No, i m not exaggerating any part here. 😇 This is a perfect curry that goes well with rice. It can also be paired with roti. Do try and let me know how you liked it.
3/4 cup horsegram/Kulith/Kollu
2 pinches of baking soda
1/4 tsp salt or as per taste
2 pinches of turmeric powder
1 tomato, finely chopped
1/4 tsp salt for the masala

For the masala
1/2 cup freshly grated coconut
2 nos green chilies
4-5 cashewnuts
a small piece of ginger
handful of fresh coriander leaves
2-3 tsp of oil, i prefer coconut oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1 or 2 red chilies, broken (optional) Add according to your spice level
4-5 nos curry leaves, torn into pieces

  • Soak the horsegram overnight in water or atleast a minimum of 8 hours. Next day, drain all the soaked water from the dal. Take it in a pressure cooker, add enough water, baking soda,salt and turmeric powder to the dal. Pressure cook for 4-5 whistles or until soft. While the horsegram is cooking, soak cashewnuts in hot water for 15 minutes.
  • Let the pressure release on its own. Once done, drain the water. keep the dal aside. Now let us prepare the masala. In a mixer, grind together coconut, soaked cashewnuts, chilies, ginger and coriander. Add 1/4 cup of water and grind this to a smooth paste. If you need more water, add another 1 or 2 tbsp not more than that.
  • Heat a pan with coconut oil, splutter mustard seeds, crackle cumin seeds, add curry leaves and red chilies. Add chopped tomatoes to this and saute until they turn mushy. Now add the ground masala to this and the cooked horsegram dal. Add 1/2 cup water to this and salt. Let this simmer for few minutes, until the masala flavors blends well with the dal and the curry thickens.
  • Once done, garnish with fresh corinader leaves and serve warm with steaming hot rice or alongside roti.

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  1. Kollu masala kolludhu priya !! such an amazing recipe I have never tried adding baking soda to kollu . Such an amazing curry priya, This is such an aromatic curry, That is perfect way to validate a recipe with elders around. Am not exaggerating as well priya you are rocking with your amazing experiments !! When ever I come here that gooseberry capture on the right is so tempting , torture pannuradhuke vachirukeengala :D just Kidding :)

    1. kollu masala kolludhu priya... epadi manjula ipadi??? ;-)

  2. Haha yes,sometimes our experiments in the kitchen are not taken well by the people at home!!We make kollu kadaiyal but somehow we are used to that taste. Now I will try to add baking soda and see if any one notices the change in taste. This one is a nice recipe priya. Will try it out as a side for Roti.

  3. Kollu Masala rocks, Priya. That's an useful tip for adding baking soda to cut out that sharp taste, will give it a try on that next time. I second Manjula, it's an amazing experiment with kollu, never i would thought of making such curries with kollu. Good share !!!

  4. That is a super tip, Priya. Adding baking soda while cooking horse gram. I have a coconut based kurma lined up sometime and we simply love the flavor of coconut in gravies. So I am sure this one would be a hit at home as well. Bookmarked!

  5. This kollu masala is definitely my kind of food, i can even finish that bowl just like that. And love that useful tip of adding baking soda, will try out next time definitely. Fingerlicking masala there.

  6. That is a new trick for cooking horse gram. And it looks fabulous with rice. I am sure it goes well with any flat breads. I once tried something with kollu and with all the negative feedback I got, I never even went near that aisle in the supermarket.

  7. Love kollu in any form,Have tried Rasam and Sundal.. They gravy sounds yummy ..Must try..

  8. Kitchen experiments always have crazy outcomes at my place also. ;-) Good to know the trick of cooking kollu with with baking soda. Thanks for sharing this amazing tip and the recipe.

  9. Wow Priya, this is surely a fantastic take on this lentil!..We have mostly cooked horsegram as chaaru or as sundal, this masala curry sounds so delicious..will surely make it..

  10. We make rotis for both the meals and really it is a task deciding on the curry, I like the idea of this horse gram curry and can definitely add it to the regular menu. The curry sounds delicious.

  11. That is a lovely curry with horse gram Priya. Looks so creamy and delicious. I don’t cook much with horse gram but your curry and the feedback from your family is tempting me to give it a try.

  12. I am yet to try horsegram in my kitchen , I wonder why I haven’t used it yet. Would make a perfect pairing with roti .

  13. The curry looks delicious. I've yet to taste and make a dish using horse gram as I don't get it here. Sometimes even my hubby will beg not to repeat a dish that I've tried for the first time and he's not liked it.

  14. The kollu masala looks so tempting and thanks for the great tip on using baking soda when cooking. I am in love with kollu and would love to use more of it for its health benefit. Bookmarking the recipe.

  15. Horsegram curry looks so healthy and protein rich curry.. perfect with rice.

  16. Love this protein packed side dish that also happens to be onion-garlic free.


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