Today’s recipe is one of the traditional Garhwali cuisine recipes from Uttarakhand – It is the super healthy Gahat Phaanu or the Kulath phanu. Simply put, it is the horse gram lentil stew. I noticed different spellings for phanu. It is written as phanu, phaanu, phanoo. Phaanu is prepared by grinding lentils that are soaked overnight. Based on the lentil you add, it is named accordingly. Gahat is horse gram, and that’s what I am going to share today – Gahat ki Phaanu.
Kollu kadaiyal or kollu Masiyal prepared with horse gram is yet another unique recipe from the Kongu Nadu. It’s a spicy curry loaded with the flavors of cumin and coriander and needless to say it’s healthy too. A perfect rice accompaniment and also can be used as a side for the Arisi Paruppu Saadam that I posted yesterday.
Homemade Rasam podi prepared with Horsegram dal or Kollu in Tamil or Kulthi in Hindi. This rasam podi is used for preparing kollu rasam quickly without roasting and pressure cooking the horse gram. This can be prepared in a large quantity and stored as it has a longer shelf life. Kollu or Kaanam is one of the staple lentils used in the rural parts of TN but with its gaining popularity and because of its health benefits its penetrating everywhere.
Kollu or Horsegram is one among the healthy grains / lentils family. As I mentioned in my rasam post it is very common ingredient in my native place. Kollu chutney / Thuvaiyal, Rasam, this sundal and just roasted kollu are very common recipes. Basically whenever I prepare kollu rasam, I make this sundal and vice versa. For the rasam you need just a handful of boiled horse gram but at least 2 cups of boiled horse gram water. So I always soak more horse gram and prepare these two recipes together.
Wishing you all a happy 2013. Starting this year’s first post with a healthy and comforting recipe. This is one of my favorite recipe too. Err I love all rasams so any obviously this is going to be my favorite. Kollu or Horse gram dhal is one of the widely used grams in my native place. This humble legume is the staple food for horses and cattle errr that’s why its called horse gram lentil. It is called Kollu in Tamil, Ulavalu in Telugu and Kulthi in Hindi. It has lot of anti-oxidant properties and also good for diabetic patients. You can read about it here in wiki.