Horsegram Soup | Kollu Soup | High Protein Weight Loss Recipe

by Rachna
horsegram soup

Horsegram is also known as Kollu here in Karnataka, Kulthi or Kulith in Hindi. I had not heard of it till recently let alone cook with it. A few months back, my mother-in-law carried this legume on one of her trips to my home. She mentioned that this grain has amazing health benefits and that we must include it in our diet. Apparently she had it regularly in her childhood.

So, I read more about horsegram and was quite enthused to read about its amazing health benefits. It is a very high protein plant food, that is rich in iron, calcium and fibre. Horsegram for weight loss is often used as it keeps you satiated for long and is nutritionally very rich. It is also very good for women during their periods and also helps with arthritis and joint pain.

Since then, I have been cooking it in multiple ways — dal, rasam, soup, salad and as a stir fry. I also sprout this legume just like moong to enhance its nutritional benefits and then use it. This horsegram soup is delicious in a very homestyle way and is loved by the entire family.

horsegram soup
horsegram soup

Horsegram Soup | Kollu Soup | High Protein Weight Loss Recipe

Rachna Parmar
This Horsegram soup or Kulthi soup is delicious in a homestyle way. It can be had as is or with some hot rice. It is tasty and bursting with nutrition. Great for weight loss.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 4
Calories 204 kcal


  • 2 cups horsegram sprouts or horsegram soaked in water overnight
  • 1-2 green chillies finely chopped
  • 5-6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 sprig curry leaves finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp. black salt
  • Salt to taste
  • Juice of 1 lemon


  • Cook the horsegram sprouts in the pressure cooker for 1 whistle with 2 cups water. Let it cool. If not using pressure cooker, just cook them lightly in water on stove top. Does not take too much time to cook for sprouts.
  • If using soaked horsegram, cook in the pressure cooker with water for more whistles till the legume is well cooked.
  • Now add the finely chopped green chillies, curry leaves, minced garlic, black salt and salt. Finish with lemon juice and mix well.
  • Consume hot with boiled rice or just as is. It is tasty and really healthy.


I don’t blend the sprouted legume but you can if you want your soup to be of uniform consistency.
This soup is runny and surprisingly tasty.
I prepare black gram or chana soup in a similar way with black chana sprouts. You can use this recipe for green moong spouts as well.
It is really simple yet tasty.


Nutrition Facts
Horsegram Soup | Kollu Soup | High Protein Weight Loss Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Sodium 518mg23%
Potassium 38mg1%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 22g92%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 500IU10%
Vitamin C 3.4mg4%
Calcium 165mg17%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Soumya Prasad -

Oh I love kollu! We mallus make it a lot at home even though I don’t make it at my place often. I love making a dry sabzi of this with palak and having it with hot rice and rasam. It is divine.

This soup seems really simple to make and it is so nutritious as well. I’ll be picking up some kollu on my way back home today.

Rachna -

Yummy! I am going to try it your way. ?

Natasha -

Wow what a simple, easy-peasy recipe Rachna. Tell me we just have to garnish the garlic, and curry leaves is it? No tadka? So basically no oil as well, right?

I have so much of this dal just lying at home, now I know what to do. Tonight with my cutlets, it’s going to be Horse gram soup. :)))) Thank you so much.

Rachna -

Haina! It’s so simple. Yes, no cooking involved at all. Everything else is garnish. Some people like to give a tadka of mustard and curry leaves but I like it just like this. ? Simple home food. Do share how you liked it.

Bhagyashree -

We even make idli and dosa with horsegram. It is super yum. Kulti helps in kidney stone removal

Rachna -

Super! I am going to try that next, Bhagya. Thanks so much for sharing.

Sanch @ Sanch Writes -

I don’t think I’ve ever eaten this or know what it is but it looks delicious! Must check if I can find the main ingredient here

Sulekha -

Rachna, I need such recipes as I want to eat more healthy dishes to hasten my weight loss. Age is catching up with me and I get back and joint pains more often now. Thanks for the recipe, will try it out and tag you.


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