Thursday, 14 March 2013

"Muthira Chaaru"/Horse gram gravy (Maami's corner)



Horse gram, a forgotten pulse, needs to be brought to the fore front because of its medicinal properties,its good to bring down high blood pressure & for renal problems.
Include this legume, at least once a week, in different recipes.

INGREDIENTS:
Horse gram: 1 cup
Shallots: 10
Garlic: 2 pods
Coconut: half (about 1cup)
Turmeric powder: ¼ tsp
Red chilli powder: 1 tsp
Cumin seeds: ½ tsp
Green chilli: 1
Curry leaves: a few
Mustard seeds: ½ tsp
Dry red chilli: 2
Coconut oil: 1 tsp
Salt to taste

METHOD:
Dry roast the horse gram till it starts to crackle. Wash & soak for 2 to 3 hours.
(You can dry roast at one go about a kilogram or so & store, it keeps well for a long time this way.) 
Pressure cook the gram with turmeric powder, chilli powder & 6 shallots, for 20 minutes.
Grind coconut grating with garlic pods, green chilli & cumin seeds.
Pour into cooked gram in cooker.
Add salt to taste.
Temper with coconut oil, mustard seeds, dry chilli &remaining shallots, sliced.
Serve with rice.