Thursday, April 8, 2010

Hurli saaru/ Horse Gram Rasam

Horsegram or Hurli is a kind of a bean. This is usually fed to horses and cattles.This has unique taste and the rasam made out of this is very flavorful.This is one of my favourite kind of rasam and a popular dish in Karnataka.Usually people make this rasam in winter.

Hurli/Horsegram- 1 cup(soaked overnight)
Coconut grated- 1 tbsp
Jaggery- 1 inch piece
Tamarind juice- 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Curry leaves
Coriander leaves
Rasam powder- 1/2 tsp

Dry Roasting:
Black pepper- 1/2 tsp
Jeera- 1 tsp
Coriander seeds- 1tsp

For seasoning:
Ghee- 1 tsp
Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
Hing-a pinch
Dry red chillies- 1-2
Turmeric powder=1/2 tsp

Soak the horse gram overnight with lot of water and pressure cook (atleast 5-6 whistles) until soft. Dry roast black pepper,jeera and coriander seeds(you can also use jeera and cumin powder) and powder it.
Grind with water  half cup of cooked hurli,coconut gratings,pepper,jeera and cumin powder in a mixer.Add this mixture to rest of hurli cooked.Add tamarind juice,jaggery,salt,rasam powder,salt.Boil it.
Add seasoning and garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve with  rice.

P.S. You can also include boiled fresh tomato ( 1 medium) and onions(1 small) for grinding with the other masalas  to enhance the taste.


"Hulitovve" is a dish which is similar to Sambar with variations in the ingredients and taste.This can be prepared with vegetables like Snakegourd, Ridge gourd, Sweet pumpkin.Hulitovve is usually made during festivals and most of the time in Raghavendra Swamy Mutts in Bangalore.

I have used Ridge gourd in Hulitovve. I usually  make chutney  from  the ridge gourd's skin  and use the inside part for Hulitovve.The one ingredient which gives taste to this is Cinnamon powder/Dalchini powder.

Green gram dal/Hesarubele - 1/2 cup
Toor Dal -1/2 cup
Sambar powder- 2 tsp
Ridge gourd cut- 1 cup
Coconut grated- 2-3 tbsp
Coriander leaves-1 tsp
Jaggery- 1/2 inch  piece
Tamarind juice- 3tbsp
Salt to taste

Peanut oil- 1tsp
Mustard seeds-1 tsp
Cinnamon  powder- 1/2 tsp
Dry red Chillies- 1-2
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Hing -  a pinch

Dry roast the green gram dal for 2 mins (until it becomes hot).Pressure cook Toor dal and Green gram dal.
Cook the ridge gourd soft. Grind coconut and sambar powder with water in a mixer.Add Tamarind juice,coconut and sambar powder ground, cooked dals to the ridge gourd.Add salt and jaggery.Boil the contents and finally add seasoning.( cinnamon powder has to be added to seasoning).Mix well and garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve with Rice.
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