Horsegram Rasam / Kollu Rasam

Horsegram as evident from its name, is predominantly used as a cattle food. It is a good source of proteins, fiber and helps in regulating blood pressure and blood glucose levels. It can be germinated and sprouted to improve it nutritive value. We can use the sprouts in making salads, soups, raithas and curries. We can make thogayal, chutney, Gujarathi Osaman apsrt from rasam. My mom makes recipes with horsegram / kollu during winter. It generates heat in the body. This is my mom’s recipe. To make this rasam, she also uses horsegram along with the water used to cook horsegram. Also my amma grinds the masala fresh to make it even more tasty. I always love the flavour of the horsegram and use it in making thogayal. Now lets see the recipe for Arachuvitta kollu rasam.

Servings – 6


Tomato – 1 big size

Tamarind – lemon size

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt – As req

Jaggery – a small piece

Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp

Curry leaves – few

Coriander leaves – To garnish

To roast and grind

Coconut oil – 1 tsp

Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp

Toor dhal – 3/4 to 1 tbsp

Channa dhal – 1/2 tbsp

Pepper – 1 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Horsegram  – 1 small ladle

To temper

Coconut oil – 2 tsp

Mustard – 1 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Preliminary steps

  • Take a small ladle of horsegram, wash it well and soak it in water overnight or for 8 hours.
  • Before cooking, drain the water used for soaking, add fresh water and pressure cook.
  • After cooking, strain the horsegram, reserve the water to make rasam and horsegram to grind with other ingredients.
  • Take tomato, cut it into big pieces and pressure cook it. Cool & mash it well, keep aside.
  • Take tamarind, add water, boil and extract juice from it.

To grind

  • Now in a pan add oil, coriander seeds, toor dhal, channa dhal, pepper, cumin seeds and roast until they turn golden brown. Cool it and transfer to a mixie jar.
  • Add the cooked horsegram into the mixie jar, add water and grind it with other ingredients to a coarse paste.

Final Step

  • In a pan, add coconut oil, splutter mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Once the mustard seeds splutter and cumin seeds turn brown add tomato pulp, tamarind juice, and the water we reserved after cooking horsegram.
  • Add turmeric powder, salt, jaggery and allow it to boil.
  • Once they start to boil, add curry leaves and ground paste. Add required quantity of water to adjust the consistency.
  • Cook it in medium flame and once the foam starts appearing on the top, turn off the flame and garnish it with coriander leaves.
  • Serve it with hot rice and papad or some poriyal.


  • You can use garlic to grind with other ingredients. I didnt use it.
  • To make this rasam more tasty, keep it spicy.

This recipe is a part of A to Z challenge, a challenge initiated by bloggers Jolly Makkar and Vidya Narayan on Facebook Group, wherein a group of bloggers come together and we choose key ingredients alphabetically to cook and post a dish every alternate month. This month alphabet is ‘H’, so my contribution for this month is Hoesegram Rasam. 

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38 Responses

    • Thank you so much. Yes it is cattle food and we make lot of recipes with horsegram. This is one among them.

  1. Niranjana, as a child I hated Kollu Rasam but as I grew up, loved every bit of it. Our taste buds change so much and once we realise how many delicious recipes one can make out of it (Kollu), the possibilities are endless. Piping hot Rasam, nei and Rice – Bliss!

  2. I’ve yet to use this power packed and nutritious bean. Making rasam with it sounds like a good idea. Anyway that’s what we all crave during the cold season – a good hot nutritious and satisfying rasam.

  3. Love this simple kollu rasam recipe. This looks so inviting and comforting. A great way to feed nutritious and healthy food to our kids.

  4. Horse gram is itself a healthy beans. In odia cuisine we prepare dal using it. Your recipe looks so good. I will love to try it.

  5. Horsegram rasam sounds so flavourful and delicious. We usually prepare simple dal with horsegram. I can imagine the flavour of this tangy and tasty rasam. Seems looks so spicy. Beautiful share

  6. I have started using horsegram regularly in my kitchen few months ago. Your rasam sounds a perfect variation for us to try apart from the Jolly idli and stir-fry recipe.

  7. I have started using horsegram regularly in my kitchen few months ago. Your rasam sounds a perfect variation for us to try apart from the kollu idli and stir-fry recipe.

  8. I make in winter / rainy season as a soup, I love ur presentation too in that cute bucket 🙂

  9. So so delicious looking rasam it is….. I would love to try out this rasam surely soon   perfect for ongoing season !

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