Food and nutrition workshop | Horse Gram Benefits & recipes

Horse Gram Benefits & recipes

Horse gram, one of the most nutritious legumes also known as the Kulthi bean, Hurali, or Madras gram in different regions. It is the most protein-rich lentil found on the planet. The benefits of horse gram also include that It is high in calcium, low in fat, and full of antioxidants.

Horse gram benefits include elixir for ailments like diabetes, heart disease, kidney stones, asthma, obesity, cold, and many more. 

Horse gram is being widely consumed globally today, in the form of the sprouted or boiled seeds. Also taken as a health drink made with ground powder, as well as in traditional Indian dishes like dals, soups, and salads.

Here are 8 horse gram benefits that will make you add them to your daily food cycle.

  1. Helps Urinary Discharge - Horse gram is reputed to be effective in increasing urine flow and is a well-known diuretic. Consume horse gram soup twice a day for four weeks to see visible results. 
  2. Helps in healing Ulcers - Lipids in horse gram have been shown to have anti-ulcer activity due to the presence of phytosterol esters. Researches have found that horse gram is highly beneficial in healing peptic and mouth ulcers. 
  3. Good for Weight Loss - Eating plenty of horse gram can actually help in the management of obesity as it has the ability to attack fatty tissue
  4. Prevents Kidney Stones - Horse gram is not only effective in assisting in the removal of kidney stones but also consuming regularly will aid in avoiding the formation of stones in the kidneys.
  5. Relief from Asthma - Horse gram will not cure asthma but is known to provide immediate relief and help manage breathing problems. Consume the paste of boiled horse gram and pepper, which aids in reducing cough, cold, and congestion.
  6. Makes bones stronger - Horse gram has the highest calcium content among pulses. It is one of the richest vegetarian sources of protein and iron.
  7. Controls Menstrual Problems - Horse gram contains iron in high levels, which helps to cure irregular menstrual cycles. It also increases your blood hemoglobin due to its high iron content.
  8. Insulin Resistance - unprocessed, raw horse gram seeds have the ability to reduce high blood sugar following a meal, by slowing down carbohydrate digestion and reducing insulin resistance by inhibiting protein-tyrosine phosphatase 1β. This makes it an extra diabetic-friendly food.


Some side effects -

Horse gram contains phytic acid which is an anti-nutrient – which means it can stop your body from absorbing all that nutrient goodness. But all is not lost because if you soak, sprout or cook horse gram seeds before putting them in your food, the phytic acid content is significantly reduced.

Consuming horse gram generates heat in the body. If such a thing happens, you just drink some ash gourd juice. You can also take some castor oil and apply it either inside the navel and at two particular spots behind the ears. If you apply castor oil on these points, the system will cool down within five minutes.

Horse Gram Recipes

If you are wondering how to consume it, here are two suggestions. You can sprout the seeds, or try the yummy soup if you feel like having a hot dish.

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