Horsegram Soup

Healthy and delicious kollu rasam recipe! You can enjoy this easy-to-make kollu rasam as a soup or serve it with rice as an accompaniment.


Horsegram Soup




Tamil Nadu


1 h 10 mins




Rich & flavorful


You will need:

– ¼ cup horsegram – 4.5 cups water divided – 1 tbsp rasam podi – 1 tomato chopped (approx ¾ cup) – 2 garlic cloves crushed – 10 curry leaves – 3 tbsp cilantro finely chopped, divided – 2 tsp tamarind paste – 1.5 tsp salt – ¼ tsp turmeric powder – ½ tsp jaggery optional - ...


Simple & easy-to-follow



– Heat a small pan or kadai and add the horsegram. – Dry roast it over medium-low heat until the horse gram turns deep brown/red. As you roast, you will hear the popping sound; and always roast in medium-low or even low heat.

StepS 3-4

– Transfer the roasted dal to a bowl and add water. Let it soak. – Discard the water and add 2 cups of fresh water, and pressure cook the roasted horsegram for 4 to 5 whistles. Let the pressure subside naturally and set it aside.

StepS 5-6

– Reserve the stock water. – Take two to three tbsps of the cooked dal and grind it coarsely like the one below.

StepS 1-2

Prepare the rasam – Add the chopped tomato, crushed garlic, tamarind paste, salt, rasam powder, curry leaves, and turmeric powder. – Add 2 cups of water and mix well.

StepS 3-4

– Bring this mixture to a gentle simmer. – Add half of the chopped cilantro and mix.

StepS 5-6

– Let the rasam simmer for two more minutes. – Now add the ground horsegram, stock water, and ½ cup of water. Mix well. Check for taste, and if needed, add salt. At this stage, you can add jaggery if using.

Step 7

– Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the rasam until it’s frothy. Do not boil the rasam after adding the dal.


– When the mustard seeds splutter, add them to the rasam. Add the remaining cilantro and cover the rasam. Wait for the cilantro and tempering flavors to infuse. Then enjoy the rasam warm.


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