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kollu rasam recipe

Horsegram Rasam | Kollu Rasam Recipe

This is an easy kollu rasam or kollu soup recipe that is nutritious, tasty and really good for you. Do try it as a nice twist to a regular rasam.
Course Side Dish, Side Dish/Accompaniment
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Keyword Kollu Rasam Recipe
recipe Kollu Rasam Recipe
Prep Time 5 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 117kcal


  • 2 tomatoes finely chopped
  • ½ cup Horsegram or Kollu sprouted or soaked in water
  • 6-7 cloves garlic
  • 10 black peppercorn
  • ½ tsp. roasted cumin powder
  • Salt to taste

For the tempering

  • 1 tsp. oil
  • ½ tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 pinch asafetida
  • 3-4 dry red chillies
  • 1 sprig curry leaves

For garnish

  • cilantro Chopped


  • Cook finely chopped tomatoes with a little water and salt in a pan. Should take about 5 minutes to get squishy. Mash with the back of a ladle.
  • Soak horsegram or kollu in water overnight. Now pressure cook with 2 cups of water till the horsegram is cooked. Strain the water to use in rasam.
  • In a blender, blend together garlic, peppercorns and one ladle full of cooked kollu or horsegram. If you wish, you could blend the squished tomatoes here as well.
  • Now put this back on the fire with 2 cups of strained kollu water. Add salt to taste along with cumin powder and cook out for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add more water if the rasam feels thick.
  • Now heat oil and add mustard seeds. Allow to sputter. Add the remaining ingredients and let them cook for a few seconds.
  • Pour into the hot rasam. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice.


  • I like to sprout my kollu or horsegram. It ups the nutrition of the grain.
  • To make ulava charu, don't use tomatoes. Just add 1 tbsp. tamarind paste to the boiled horse gram blended with horse gram water along with other spices and make the same recipe.
  • I also make a simple stir fry of the boiled horsegram to go with the food.
  • You may use one tbsp. of tamarind extract if you like your rasam to be more tart. I prefer the sourness from tomatoes.
  • This is a tasty and very comforting rasam recipe that is also very good for you.


Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 248mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 116IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg