Inside a Yogi's Kitchen - Recipe Horse Gram Soup (Ulavacharu)


Horse gram: 1/2 cup

Tamarind paste: 2-3 tsp

Peppercorn: 1 Tbsp

Cumin seeds: 1 Tbsp

Mustard seed: 1/2 Tbsp

Curry leaves: 1 sprig

Coriander leaves: 1 or 2 sprigs

Salt to taste

Oil: 2 tsp


  • Soak the horse gram seeds overnight and pressure cook till soft.
  • Drain the water and keep it aside for later use. (The water's color will be chocolatey)
  • Dry roast the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and peppercorn and grind to a fine powder.
  • Mash half of the cooked horse gram.
  • Heat the oil in a pan and shallow fry the curry leaves.
  • Add the tamarind paste, strained horse gram water, roasted powder, smashed horse gram and salt.
  • Add sufficient water and make sure the gravy is not too thick.
  • Add the remaining horse gram and mix.
  • Remove from flame.
  • Sprinkle finely chopped coriander leaves over the gravy.
  • Serve with steamed rice and enjoy!

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