Horsegram High Protein Dal | Kulthi Dal | Kollu Dal Recipe (Step-by-step Recipe)

by Rachna

Horsegram also known as kollu or kulith is a nutritious lentil. It is bursting with nutrition and is a very high source of protein, Calcium and Iron hence it is given to horses as feed. It is the most protein rich source of lentil on the planet.

Try out my High Protein Horsegram soup for weight loss or Horsegram rasam here.

Sprouted and boiled kollu or horsegram

Horsegram keeps you full for longer with its high protein and fibre content hence it is beneficial to include in your daily diet especially when you are looking for weight loss.

This is my recipe of Horsegram dal or Kollu dal:

kulthi dal

Ingredients:

1 cup horsegram sprouted

1 onion chopped

2 tomatoes chopped

1 tsp. ginger garlic paste

2-3 green chillies chopped

½ tsp. turmeric powder

1 tsp. cayenne or red chilli powder (optional)

1 tsp. cumin seeds

2-3 pinches asafoetida

1 tsp. garam masala powder

1 tsp. coriander powder

1 tsp. ghee

1 tsp ginger garlic grated

Salt to taste

Recipe for Horsegram Dal:

Wash and soak horsegram overnight. Now take the horsegram or kollu in a pressure cooker. Add about 3 cups of water, salt, turmeric powder, chopped onion, tomato, ginger garlic paste and green chillies.

horsegram dal

Cook for about 5-6 whistles till the horsegram is well cooked. Let the pressure release normally.

kollu dal

Add garam masala powder, coriander powder and mix well.

kulthi dal

For tadka or tempering:

Heat 1 tsp. ghee in a tempering pan. Add cumin seeds and asafoetida and allow to heat for about 30 seconds. Add grated ginger and garlic and cook till golden. Takes about 2 minutes. Now add cayenne and turn off the gas.

horsegram dal

Add the tempering to the dal and mix well.

kulthi dal

Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis or rice.

Your horsegram dal is ready to serve.

horsegram dal

Pro Tips

  1. This kulthi dal is not as thick as some of the other lentils. If you want your dal to be thicker, take 2-3 tbsp. of cooked horsegram and blend to a paste. Add it to thicken the dal.
  2. Use spices as per your choice. Always taste and season.
  3. You can garnish with lime juice if you so like.
horsegram dal

Horsegram Dal | High Protein Dal

Rachna Parmar
This horsegram dal also known as kulith or kollu dal is rich in protein, iron and Calcium. It is perfect for weight loss efforts. It is also very tasty. Do try my easy recipe.
5 from 3 votes
Cook Time 30 mins
Soaking time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 30 mins
Course Dal, Lentils, Main Course | Curry
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 people
Calories 166 kcal
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Equipment

  • Pressure cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup horsegram Soaked overnight and drained
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 tsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 2-3 green chillies chopped
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. cayenne or red chilli powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 2-3 pinches asafoetida
  • 1 tsp. garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. ghee or clarified butter or coconut oil
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic grated
  • Salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Wash and soak horsegram overnight. Now take the horsegram or kollu in a pressure cooker. Add about 3 cups of water, salt, turmeric powder, chopped onion, tomato, ginger garlic paste and green chillies.
  • Cook for about 5-6 whistles till the horsegram is well cooked. Let the pressure release normally.
  • Add garam masala powder, coriander powder and mix well.

For tadka or tempering:

  • Heat 1 tsp. ghee in a tempering pan. Add cumin seeds and asafoetida and allow to heat for about 30 seconds. Add grated ginger and garlic and cook till golden. Takes about 2 minutes. Now add cayenne and turn off the gas.
  • Add the tempering to the dal and mix well.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis or rice.
  • Your horsegram dal is ready to serve.

Notes

1. This kulthi dal is not as thick as some of the other lentils. If you want your dal to be thicker, take 2-3 tbsp. of cooked horsegram and blend to a paste. Add it to thicken the dal.
2. Use spices as per your choice. Always taste and season.
3. You can garnish with lime juice if you so like.
4. You can also sprout horsegram as I have done here by keeping the soaked and drained horsegram covered in damp cheese cloth and washing it 3-4 times in a day with water. Keep it covered. You will see sprouts by evening or next day.
 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Horsegram Dal | High Protein Dal
Amount Per Serving
Calories 166 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 203mg9%
Potassium 668mg19%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 12g50%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 573IU11%
Vitamin C 21mg25%
Calcium 85mg9%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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This is a great protein recipe for vegans or vegetarians. Just use coconut oil in the tempering instead of ghee to make it vegan. You can have it as soup also.

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Aruna -

Hi Rachna,

Interesting how you cooked this Dal. In the south, we eat only small quantities of Kollu at a time because it causes tremendous body heat. One question, did you also sprout the dal?

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Rachna -

Yes I did sprout the dal. Considering that this is for 6 serves, it wasn’t too much of dal per person.

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