Friday, May 6, 2016

HorseGram and BottleGourd Peel Chutney.

Chutney is a side dish and we can say its an Indian kind of sauce, because it is one of the side dish for many main dishes. To list out there are idli, dosa, chapati, rotti or roti fried fritters/bajji or bondas etc, etc, etc goes well with any Chutney. Having piping hot plain rice, a spoon of ghee and any chutney, Wah (its superb) comment just comes out by it self. I am not kidding. It is a fact. We south Indians do prepare many many types of chutneys. We are good at using any vegetable as whole. Its peel is turned as chutney, inner potion is turned as raitha, and the hard part is cooked as curry or dry curry. I think all my South Canara friends (Dakshina Kannada), who are from Udupi, Mangalore and Malnad surroundings will agree with what I am saying.

Chutneys are prepared with many ingredients. 
Here is a recipe of Horse Gram and Bottle Gourd Peel Chutney. This chutney goes well with almost all dishes. I have used fresh coconut, roasted horse gram and half bottle gourd's peel.
One should remember that, if you are using any vegetable peel for chutney or other dishes, please take care. Now a days lots of chemicals, pesticides and insecticides are used to take care and last long for the vegetables. One need to wash the vegetable nicely and then soak that particular vegetable in water for at least 2 to 3 hours before using it. At least some precaution should be taken care.
Horse Gram said to be power house for horses. It helps to maintain their weight and strengthen and provide energy to its body.

Let me share my good childhood days which I always cherish and enjoy even now. 
I grew up in my aunt's house where they had some paddy field. During the rainy season the field had to be ploughed to soften the land for getting ready for growing rice grains. One needs He buffaloes or Oxen to plough the field. So my aunt and uncle used to get help from our relation who had He buffaloes ( They had good acres of paddy field too). He buffaloes used to come from the relations house with the people who get the work done and stay in my aunt's house till the work done.(Since they did not have these he buffaloes and it is expensive to get the local  He buffaloes). The animals (He buffaloes) are fed with loads of Horse Grams which is cooked in Big Vessels. I have seen and it still flashes and reminds me the picture of those big vessels loaded to cook horse gram and served to these he buffaloes to make them strong and energetic. Now a days I do not think any one does this because of modern facility of ploughing /Plowing and shortage of animals and labourers.
Lets know what do they call " Horse Gram" in some Indian Languages. 
Horse Gram is known as Huruli in Kannada, Kollu -Tamil, Ullavalu - Telugu, Muthira in Malayalam. In Hindi - Kulthi, Marathi  and Gurjarathi -Kuleeth, Bengali - Kulthi Kalai and in Oriya - Kolatha.
Benefits of Eating Horse gram in our diet.
Horse Gram/Huruli is rich source of proteins, vitamins and iron. It is said that eating horse gram regularly one can shed extra fats and reduce their weight. It contain good amounts of B - Complex. It also helps in preventing and curing arthritis. Horse Gram contain high amount of dietary fiber and helps to balance the blood pressure and Sugar glucose levels. It is full of antioxidants and used in many health treatments.  (Example menstrual problems). Horse gram plants are used for treating people who suffer from weak liver and colic (severe pain in the abdomen) with medicinal properties. They also help to cure kidney stones, gall bladder stones. In Ayurveda it is used as medicine for gastric, worm infection, cough, ulcers, jaundice and difficulty in breathing. It helps to control fever and cholesterol levels. Horse Gram contain rich source of anti bacterial, anti oxidants and anti fungal properties.
Please note: Horse Gram is not good for pregnant women.
Let's see the recipe now :

Things Needed :

To Fry 
Oil : 1/2 Teaspoon
Horse Gram : 2 Tablespoons
Bottle Gourd peel : 1 Cup
Red chilly (Byadagi) : 6 to 8
Ingh : A pinch
Curry leaves : Handful
To Grind : 
Fried ingredients
Tamarind : A marble size
Coconut : 1 Cup
Salt : As required
To Add :
Mustard seeds ( (1/2 Teaspoon)  curry leaves (4 to 5) and ingh : Oil (1/2 Teaspoon)

Method :

1. Wash and peel bottle gourd outer layer. Cut them into thin stripes.
2. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add half teaspoon of oil. Add horse gram.
3. Fry till they turn slightly brown. Add red chilly and fry nicely. Add curry leaves.

4. Add ingh and cut bottle gourd peels. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes on low flame. Put off the fire. Let all the fried ingredients cool.

5. Grate coconut.
6. Now grind grated coconut, tamarind, salt and fried horse gram -bottle gourd peels.
7. Use very little water while grinding. Grind it nicely till paste (or as your wish).
8. Remove the chutney from the mixi jar to a serving bowl.
9. Add mustard, curry leaves seasoning and serve " Horse Gram - Bottle Gourd Chutney".

Note :

You should fry horse gram on low flame till they are well fried or chutney does not taste good. (Raw smell can be smelt). Adding more or less chilly is optional. Do not add more water while grinding the ingredients. Chutney turns watery and does not taste good. Use of any other type of chilly is optional. (Example Guntoor  red chilly - which gives more hot (khara) to the chutney. Adding more or less coconut is also optional. You can use Mangalore southekai peel, chayote sqash peel, beetroot peel and ridge gourd peels can be used instead of bottle gourd peels.
Time : 10 Minutes 
Serves : 2 to 3 


  1. Nice step by step recipe...totally new to me..but it looks super tasty..
    Nice write up dear...remembering my childhood days after reading yours

    1. Thank You Moumita Malla for the sweet words ..Thats nice to know..cherish the memory its just beautiful moments ..

  2. Love to have it with idly or dosa...

  3. Wow!looking yummy!I'm going to try it this on the coming week end.

  4. Wow!looking yummy!I'm going to try it this on the coming week end.


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