In general, horsegram is considered as horse feed and so, it's medicinal properties are often ignored. Horsegram is said to have lot of fiber content. The health benefits of horsegram are,
1. Horse gram is used to soothe sore throat and reduce phlegm. It is also suggested for asthma.
2.It is considered to improve eyesight.
3. Horse gram is often prescribed in case of fever- it helps give strength and reduces symptoms.
4. It is given for arthritis in some areas. The connection between arthritis and horse gram maybe based in Ayurveda, according to which, horse gram reduces vata-related problems.
5. Horse gram is recommended for those suffering from piles.
6. Another related use of horse gram is that it reduces flatulence.
7. Horse gram is given to children as well as adults in case of stomach pain.
8. Another traditional use attributed to horse gram is that it helps in purifying blood flow and periods-related problems in women.
9. Horse gram also checks weight-increase and uses of horse gram could extend to controlling obesity.
10. Horse gram has been traditionally recommended for treating kidney stones.
Now, let me move on to a recipe with healthy horsegram. This is a delicious kurma that goes good with anything.
1. Horsegram (Sprouted) - 1.5 Cups (Cook with pinch of salt)
2. Onion - 1/2 Cup (Chopped)
3. Tomato - 1/2 Cup (Chopped)
4. Green Chilly - 3 or adjust to your taste (Slit vertically)
5. Bay leaf - 1
6. Fennel Seeds - 1/2 tsp
7. Garam Masala - 1 tsp
8. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
9. Coriander Powder - 1/2 tsp
10. Coconut - 1/4 Cup
11. Cashew - 4 (Full) (Can be replaced with roasted gram)
12. Salt - Needed Qty
13. Oil - 1 tbs
14. Coriander - For Garnishing
1. Heat oil in a pan. Add bay leaf and fennel.
2. Then add onion, green chillies and tomato. Fry well.
3. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder and garam masala. Mix well.
4. Add water and salt. Allow the contents to cook well or till the raw smell of turmeric powder goes.
5. Now, add sprouted cooked horse gram.
6. After 5 minutes, add the ground coconut and cashew.
7. Switch off the stove when contents thicken.
8. Garnish with coriander leaves.
9. Serve with rice, chappathi, naan, etc..
This goes to Priya's "Let's Sprout" Event.