Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Horsegram Sprouts Salad

Picture of horse gram seeds (Indian name: Kulthi)
 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Horsegram also known as Kulith is a reddish brown colored bean usually grown in dry agricultural areas in India.This legume is high in protein,vitamin C and iron.Horsegram sprouts is made by soaking the legume in water for 8 to 10 hours and  wrapping it tightly in a damp cloth and letting it germinate.It usually takes a day for the horsegram to develop small roots or sprout.
I have cooked the kulith sprouts in water with a little salt and mixed it with a very light tempering of onions and some fresh grated carrots and coconut.
I usually pack this in my son's snack-box.We also have it as evening snacks often.

Horsegram sprouts-1.5 cups
Onion-1 small size,finely chopped
Green chilli-1,finely chopped
Carrot-1/2 piece,grated
Coconut-2 teaspoons,shredded
Lime juice-1.5 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Water-5 cups,for boiling
Oil-2 teaspoons

For Tempering:
Cumin seeds-1/4 teaspoon
Curry leaves-5-6
Dry red chilli-1(Optional)
Green coriander leaves-2 teaspoons,finely chopped(For garnishing)

-Wash the horse gram and soak it in water overnight or for 8 to 10 hours.
-Wrap it in a clean and damp cotton cloth and tie it properly and allow it to germinate for a day.
-Boil the horsegram in 5 cups of water and add 1.5 teaspoons of salt and let it boil for 15-20 minutes till the pulses are properly cooked.You can even pressure cook it for 5-6 whistles.
-Drain the water from the horsegram and keep it aside.
-Heat oil in a pan and let the cumin seeds splutter.
-Add the chopped green chillies,curry leaves and onions and saute for 3-4 minutes.
-Now add the shredded coconut and grated carrots and mix well.
-Add the sprouts and a pinch of salt and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
-Turn off the flame and add lime juice and mix with a spoon and garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.

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