Kollu Rasam / Horse Gram Rasam

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Kollu Rasam / Horse Gram Rasam

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Soaking Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Course Lunch, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 6 Servings


  • Pressure cooker


To pressure cook :

  • 3/4 cup Horsegram / Kollu
  • 2 large Tomatoes
  • 2 cups Water

To Make Rasam :

  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 3/4 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 2 no. Garlic pods Roughly pounded
  • A few Curry leaves
  • 2 tbsp Tamarind paste
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Salt To taste
  • 1 tbsp Rasam Powder
  • 1 small piece Jaggery
  • Corriander leaves For garnish


To Make Rasam Powder:

  • Dry roast - 1 Tsp black pepper, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp toor daal, 1 tsp corriander seeds and 2 dry red chillies, cool and blend to a coarse powder.

To Cook Horsegram / Kollu

  • Wash and soak the horse gram or kollu for 2 hours and pressure cook with tomatoes and water. (Slit the tomato as shown in the picture below)
  • Once the pressure is released, Drain the water as we will need it for our rasam. Keep the cooked horse gram separately.
  • Add a ladle full of horse gram into a blender, along with the cooked tomatoes. Wait for it to cool down and blend It to a smooth paste.

To Make Rasam

  • Heat a kadai, add oil. Once ht add mustard seeds, allow it to sputter fully.
  • Next add cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, roughly pounded garlic pods, curry leaves and saute for a few seconds.
  • Add in the pressure cooked water to the kadai, add tamarind paste, salt and turmeric to it.
  • Mix the rasam mix and bring it to a boil.
  • Once it comes to a boil, add the ground horse gram and tomato puree and bring it to a boil.
  • Add the rasam powder, jaggery, coriander leaves and bring it to a boil.
  • Turn off the flame and serve hot.
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