Sprouted Horse Gram Curry

This is a popular and authentic dish from Karnataka. It’s tasty, super healthy and is made from 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 with a tbsp of ghee on it. My mom used to prepare this at least once in a month and that’s how I happen to learn it and love it. Although the preparation time for this dish is quite long, you will realise that it’s worth it once you taste😋. 

Continue reading if you want to know how to make horse gram sprouts and step by step procedure to make delicious molake huruli kaalu saaru.

Prep time: 56 hours (Including spouting time)
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 56 hours 30 minutes
Serves: 3


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
3 cloves
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
Vegetable oil
Salt to taste

how to make horse gram sprouts:
  1. Rinse horse gram thoroughly and soak it in water for 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Drain water using a clean light colored cotton cloth and seal horse gram with the same cloth.
  3. Cover a vessel on top of it and leave it undisturbed for 48 hours.
  4. You will notice long sprouts of horse gram just like this.
Sprouted Horse Gram after 48 Hours
  1. 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 minute on low flame. Turn off flame, add 2 tbsp coriander powder to the same pan and combine well. Let this mixture cool down completely.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Pour ground masala paste into 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.
  5. Cover and pressure cook on low-medium flame until 5 whistles or until horse gram is completely cooked.
  6. Once cooker is depressurised, garnish with some chopped coriander leaves and serve.
  7. 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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Rating: 1 out of 5.

Happy cooking and happy eating ❤


  1. This recipe is just amazing! 😋😋


    1. Swaadista says:

      Thank you 🙂

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