Healthy horsegram dhal 

Horsegram dhal

Horse gram is a small round shaped reddish brown pulse which is commonly consumed in southern states of India. As many of you wouldn’t be aware of this “miracle legume”, I just wanted to share some nutritional values and the medicinal properties of Horse gram. This bean is an excellent source of protein, Iron and calcium, also it has the highest source of calcium among pulses and it is one of the richest vegetarian sources of protein.

Health benefits
Weight loss – Regular intake of horse gram will help to reduce weight as it has the ability to dissolve fat tissues.
Diabetes – Consuming this legume is beneficial for diabetic patients as it reduces the insulin resistance on your body.
Other Benefits – Treating kidney stones, lower the blood pressure, control the menstrual problems, etc..
How amazing it really is! Ok, let’s get on with the recipe now…

Healthy horsegram chutney

Serves 4 to 5


  • 250g Horse gram (soaked for 4 to 5 hours)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 green chillies, slitted
  • 1 dried redchills
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 garlic pods
  • 1 sprig curry
  •  leaves (optional)
  • A sprig of coriander leaves, chopped (optional)
  • Required amount of salt


1. Drain the soaked water from dhal and transfer it to the pressure cooker/deep saucepan

2. Add in the remaining ingredients (except salt and coriander leaves) and 3 glasses of water.  Bring it to 5 to 6 whistles and let it cool down.

3. Drain the water and throw in dhal to food processor and blend into smooth paste.

4. Transfer it to the bowl and add in coconut oil or ghee. Mix well together and check for salt

5. Serve with basmati rice or naan bread.


As drained excess water also has lots of nutrients, we can have as a soup adding some crushed pepper and salt.

16 Comments Add yours

  1. kanchnala says:

    Thanks nithi for sharing this amazing recipe. I couldn’t find a nice one using horse gram for a long time.


    1. divinespice says:

      Thank you Kanch.. hope you like it


  2. quiall says:

    Sounds tasty! Thanks for following my blog.


    1. divinespice says:

      Thanks for your comment 🙏


  3. Rashminotes says:

    This is unique! Will try; thanks for sharing:)


    1. divinespice says:

      Hope you do! Please lemme know how it comes along!


  4. There are a few small Indian stores here in South Florida. Perhaps they will have some
    Horse gram. The recipe sounds delicious!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. divinespice says:

      Thank you for your lovely comment. Regards horse gram, there are plenty of options available online if you fancy!👍

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Daal says:

    mouth watering! googled horse gram – is it somewhat like a lentil?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. divinespice says:

      Thanks a lot 😊 yeah, thats right and it is a great source of protein !

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Daal says:

        love all beans – good for everything – white beans even good for calcium

        Liked by 1 person

      2. divinespice says:

        Yup ! All these lentils are a great addition to our daily diet !

        Liked by 1 person

  6. Victorine Sara says:

    I’m hoping I can get Horse Gram from my local Indian Supermarket! Do u have more recipes for chutney! My partner is from North India 🇮🇳 we buy jars of lime pickle but would love to make myself!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. divinespice says:

      Hi, Thanks for stopping by ! I do have some ideas on my mind , I will have those recipes posted in coming weeks!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Victorine Sara says:

        Fab!!! 😀 Thankyou! I look out for them

        Liked by 1 person

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