Horse Gram Rasam

17 May

Ulava Charu.

Horse gram rasam / ulava charu is a popular rasam made with horse gram. Horse gram is soaked in water overnight. It is then boiled in water for a very long period of time along with spices for a thick rasam consistency. Ulava charu is quite famous around Vijayawada in Krishna District, Andhra.
Makes: around 1 1/4 Cups of Ulava Charu.


Horse Gram 1 Cup
Tamarind 1 inch Piece
Green Chiles 2 – 4
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves 5
Red Chili Powder 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil 1 tsp

Method of preparation:

Soak horse gram in water overnight.
Refresh the soaked horse gram with fresh water.
Remove stems, wash and slice the green chiles.
Soak tamarind in warm water and extract all thick juice.

Bring to boil around 4 cups of water, add soaked horse gram.
Boil till horse gram is soft but not mushy (around 1 hour).
Alternatively, pressure cook the soaked horse gram in around 4 cups of water for 4 – 5 whistles.
Strain the cooked horse gram to collect all horse gram and reserve the cooking liquid.
Take around half of the cooked horse gram and grind it into fine paste adding enough cooking liquid.
Heat the reserved cooking liquid on medium heat and boil for around 15 minutes.
Stir in ground horse gram paste to the cooking liquid.
Put the mixed mixture on medium heat, add tamarind extract, green chiles, red chile powder and salt.
Cook till the liquid reduces to thick pourable consistency.

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, remove from heat and add to above horse gram rasam.
Serve horse gram rasam / ulava charu with plain steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Notes: Make sure to cook the horse gram for a good amount of time.

Suggestions: If the rasam is not thick enough, boil the horse gram rasam till preferred consistency.
Variations: For a more traditional recipe, keep cooking the horse gram till the liquid reduces to a thick liquid. You can also add small onions and tomatoes to the boiling horse gram rasam for a variation. Temper with chopped ginger and garlic. Garnish with chopped cilantro and a dab of butter.
Other Names: Horse Gram Rasam, Ulava Charu.

17 Responses to “Horse Gram Rasam”

  1. Hari Chandana May 17, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    Wowww… what a classic recipe !?.. My fav vulavala charu.. looks awesome.. will go well with ragi sankati.. yummy combination.. 🙂

  2. Madhuri May 17, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    This is wonderful, i used to love the original taste of ulavacharu. It is not even close to the ready made versions. Where can i find horsegram in usa ? Please let me know as i cant wait to try this out.

  3. Raji May 17, 2010 at 2:37 pm #

    @Hari Chandana sure a classic. thanks

    @madhuri nothing beats home made horse gram rasam huh. i bought them at regular Indian grocery store. around 3 $ a pound. Its either titled kulthi or horse gram. am sure you will find em.

  4. Madhuri May 17, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

    Thanks Raji, will look for them tonight. If i find them i will be on cloud 9 for sure remembering the days of my childhood with grandparents.

  5. Apu May 17, 2010 at 7:52 pm #

    Horse gram is a staplewith us – its versatile and makes a very good dal too.

  6. harikrishna May 18, 2010 at 12:43 am #

    itis veryfine iam verymuch thankful to you.

  7. Hema May 18, 2010 at 5:09 am #

    Awesome preparation, looks very thick than the regular rasam. Love to have with papad…

  8. poojitha May 19, 2010 at 12:15 am #

    no other recipe can beat andhra items .right

  9. neellavathi May 22, 2010 at 7:46 am #

    I just want to whether horse gram and flaxseed are the same? Do both have the same medicinal property, i.e. reduce cholesterol? please answer. thanks.

  10. lavanya May 25, 2010 at 1:26 am #

    ulavacharu looking yummy, ulavacharu with perugu meegada combination is very very vry tsty, really rocks u r website

  11. padma May 26, 2010 at 7:02 pm #

    hi neellavathi idont know horsegram and flaxseed are the same.but it cure the sevear coldand cough

  12. Raji May 26, 2010 at 8:25 pm #

    @Madhuri so did u find em?
    @Apu i can understand y its a staple. its awesome. u got the dal recipe at ur blog?
    @harikrishna thank you
    @Hema thank you so much. it is certainly thicker.
    @poojitha i couldnt agree with you more
    @nellavathi they are totally different. they look somewhat similar though.
    flax seed certainly does help with cholesterol while horse gram has protein and fiber if you eat them whole rather than reducing em to thick liquid.

    @lavanya you are making me crave for it again. gotta soak some now
    @padma thanks for answering. keep visiting

  13. Madhuri May 27, 2010 at 10:52 am #

    No Raji, i looked for them in all the Indian stores in bay area but couldnt find them. Finally i ordered from here

    cant wait for the shipment to arrive.

  14. padma rajagopal May 27, 2010 at 11:13 pm #

    Horsegram rasam (kollu in tamil) is not only tasty but also has nutritional value. it reduces cholesterol level.

  15. Raji June 5, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

    @Madhuri that is strange. bay area doesn’t has it???
    hope u tried it already though. let us know. thanks
    @padma rajagopal kollu is seriously yummy huh. thanks

  16. Devi October 18, 2010 at 4:30 am #

    can any one tell me the nutritional value of Sprouted horse gram?

  17. hari venkatarao September 4, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    for a long time i want to know exact how to do now i got it and tried its very yammy

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