The benefits of grams and gram sprouts is not something that we are not aware of. Horse gram is a legume rich in protein that has proven to have several health benefits. Sprouted horse gram curry/ saaru is a popular and authentic dish from Karnataka. It’s tasty, super healthy, and is prepared mainly using sprouted horse gram, potato, and pressure cooked in a freshly ground paste containing onion, tomato, variety of spices, and coconut. It tastes best with white/ brown rice and mudde (ragi ball) with a dollop of ghee on it.
Prep time: 48 hours (Including spouting time)
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 48 hours 30 minutes
150g sprouted horse gram
400 ml water
1 medium sized potato, cut into small cubes
1 medium sized onion, sliced
1 medium sized tomato, sliced
3-4 dried red chilli (Byadagi), for color
3 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
1/2 inch cinnamon
6 cloves of garlic
1/2 inch ginger
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
3 tablespoon grated coconut
2 tablespoons coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
8 curry leaves
Salt to taste
how to sprout horse gram?
- Rinse 1 cup of horse gram thoroughly in water and soak it overnight.
- The next morning, drain out water using a clean light colored cotton cloth (preferably white) and seal horse gram with the same wet cloth.
- Cover a vessel on top of it and leave it undisturbed for 24 hours.
- You will notice long sprouts of horse gram just like this.
- If you are living in colder countries, you may have to allow 48 hours for the gram to fully sprout.
- Heat 2 tbsp of vegetable oil in a pan on medium flame. Roast dried red chillies, cloves, cinnamon, fennel seeds, poppy seeds for 20 seconds. Then fry ginger, garlic, and sliced onions for 2 minutes on low flame. Turn off flame, add 2 tbsp coriander powder to the same pan and combine well. Let this mixture cool down completely.
- Transfer the cooled mixture to a mixer. To that, add chopped tomato, 3 tbsp grated coconut, 3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves, and grind the contents into a fine masala paste by adding little water.
- Heat 4 tbsp of vegetable oil in a pressure cooker on medium flame. Add curry leaves, followed by sprouted horse gram, cut potatoes, and stir fry for 1 minute. Then add 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp red chilli powder, salt to taste and combine well.
- Pour ground masala paste into the cooker and fry on low flame for 2 minutes. Pour 400 ml of water and combine. At this point taste for salt and adjust as required.
- Cover and pressure cook on low-medium flame until 5 whistles or until horse gram is completely cooked.
- Once the cooker is depressurized, garnish with some chopped coriander leaves and serve.
- Enjoy molake huruli kaalu saaru with hot white/brown rice, or mudde(Ragi ball) 🙂
- You can tweak the quantity of each ingredient as per your taste and preference.
- Instead of potato, you can also use white or purple brinjal and follow the same steps.
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