Horse gram is quite an underrated and lesser-known pulse that’s beneficial for human health. Also known as kulthi dal in Hindi, it’s a complete ingredient that can be used to prepare various dishes. So, here we tell you about both, the horse gram benefits as well as horse gram recipes.
What Is Horse Gram?
Macrotyloma uniflorum (scientific name) or kulthi dal is mostly fed to horses, hence the name. Widely grown and used in the southern parts of India, it is native to the south-east subcontinent of Asia and tropical Africa.
Horse Gram Benefits
1. It Alleviates Menstrual Problems.
Being rich in iron, kulthi dal helps keep your hemoglobin levels right balanced. This, in turn, solves the problem of high as well as low menstrual flow. It also helps curb the associated pains.
2. It Dissolves Kidney Stones.
Enriched with both iron as well as polyphenols, kulthi dal helps break kidney stones overnight and avoid any occurrence in future.
3. It Treats Seasonal Colds And Fever.
Kulthi dal or horse gram soup is extremely effective in fighting colds as well as fevers. It helps in detoxifying the body and clearing your nasal passage by acting as a bronchodilator. Overall, it strengthens your immune system.
4. Horse Gram Benefits Diabetics.
Being a solid source of complex carbohydrates, horse gram helps prevent the development of diabetes. It also contains nutrients that can regulate your blood sugar levels.
5. Horse Gram For Weight Loss.
Being a complex carb, kulthi dal completely energizes your body. It helps curb hunger pangs which can otherwise lead to overeating. Also, being rich in fiber kulthi dal makes you lose those extra kilos.
Horse Gram Recipes
1. Prepare an effective detox water. Soak a cup of kulthi dal overnight. Strain and drink this water next morning. It will not only help flush out the toxins but also maintain an ideal weight.
2. Soak some kulthi dal in a wet cloth and wait till it sprouts to about an inch or half. Serve it with one diced cucumber, tomato, a teaspoon of lemon juice and some salt to taste.
3. Prepare a delicious soup! How? Soak a cup of dal overnight. Once it softens, mash the same. Shallow fry some curry leaves in a tsp of ghee. Add 2-3 tsp tamarind paste along with the mashed dal. You may also add some cumin powder, mustard powder and pepper powder. Cook the soup but do not allow it to thicken. Add some stock and mix it all well. The soup is ready!
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