horse gram



Dry, Light



Horse gram (Dolichos biflorus) is commonly known as Kulathi in Hindi.  It is high in protein, fiber, calcium, iron, and vitamins. As per Ayurveda, it is helpful in kidney stones, asthma, piles, and cough.

Suitable: It is more suitable for Vata and Kapha person, and may aggravate Pitta dosha if consumed excessively.

Full Recipe in Details

You can either consume horse gram with rice or enjoy it as a soup. I love making soup this soup during winters as it is warming in nature. It tastes yum with some drizzled ghee and garnished with freshly chopped coriander.

  • Cuisine: Indian

  • Prep Time: 05 mins

  • Cooking Time: 20 mins

  • Total Time: 25 mins

  • Rasa (taste): Astringent

  • Guna (property): Dry, Light, Pungent

  • Virya (potency): Hot

  • Vipaka (post digestion effect): Sour

  • 1 cup horse gram (kulitha dal)

  • 5 cup water

  • 1 tablespoon ghee

  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, organic

  • 2 garlic pods, chopped (you can avoid if you want)

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 5 curry leaf, fresh

  • Saindhav namak (rock salt) as required

  • Collect horse gram in a bowl and wash thoroughly; soak for half an hour and remove water afterward.

  • Warm water in a pressure cooker and add cumin, turmeric, and soaked horse gram. Mix well and add salt as per your taste. Let it come to a boil over a medium flame for five minutes. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook for 15 minutes over low flame.

  • Heat ghee in a saucepan; add finely chopped garlic and saute until it turns brown. Put curry leaves and saute for 05 seconds. Now mix the sauteed mixture over the cooked horse gram. Mix it well and pour it into a bowl.

  • Garnish with freshly chopped coriander and serve hot.


Horse gram soup is a fantastic healthy recipe to try during cold weather. It is a perfect lunch or dinner recipe you can have. when you want to eat something light.

Ayurvedic Wisdom

According to Ayurveda, each food has a specific property based on which it nourishes our body. So, it is essential to eat as per your body type. As a result, it helps to maintain health and boosts our immunity.

Horse gram is more suitable for Kapha and Vata body-type people. It is not harmful to a Pitta person, but it is better to take it in moderation if you are a Pitta person especially during hot weather. It is so because horse gram has a hot potency which may cause trouble for a person with Pitta dosha dominance.

Everything in moderation is healthy for everyone. It is all about maintaining balance.

To make each recipe more suitable, we can make few changes according to our body type. Here are the simple changes you can make as per your body type:

?Vata person – Add more ghee to your meal.
?Pitta person – Avoid garlic in your recipe.
?Kapha person – No changes required.

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