Horsegram was fed primarily to the horses, hence the name. However, this is so rich in nutrients that it is consumed by humans too for it also has lots of medicinal properties as per Siddha. Horsegram or kollu as it is known in tamil, takes a longer time to cook; so it is generally soaked overnight and then cooked, sprouting makes it more healthier. And, the water used for blanching the horsegram is healthy and flavorful which is not discarded but used to make rasam.
1. Horse gram - 1/2 cup
2. Amarnath greens (Mullai keerai) - 1 bunch
3. Green chilies - 2
4. Curry leaves - 1 sprig
5. Onion -1
6. Garlic - 5 cloves
7. Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
8. Asafoetida - 1 pinch
9. Oil - 1 tbsp
Step 1: Wash and soak the horsegram overnight. pressure cook them with some salt.
Step 2: Pick the leaves from the greens bunch, wash thoroughly, drain and chop them. Chop onion, peel and chop garlic.
Step 3: Heat oil in a kadai, splutter mustard, sprinkle asafoetida, saute onion & garlic, slit green chilies and add drained horse gram into it.
Step 4: Once the left over moisture evaporates, add chopped greens. Sprinkle some salt, mix and close with a lid.
Step 5: After 3 minutes, open and stir once. Cook it opened for another 2 minutes and turn off heat.
Step 6: Serve hot with rice and kollu rasam (Prepared in the usual way except that instead of dal stock, horsegram stock is used).