Kultha Saaru (Horsegram soup)

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Horsegram in English is Huruli in Kannada and Kulithu in Konkani. Horsegram soup is a monsoon delight –  we enjoy it during this season only by seasoning it with garlic and cooking it in combination with Mangalore Cucumber and onion. It tastes great with a dollop of butter. People cook Horsegram to feed the cattle during cultivation and we in turn consume the soup as a special dish and enjoy.

What you need to have:

1. Horsegram – 2 Cups

2. Mangalore Cucumber chopped – 2 Cups

3. Onion (big) – 1

4. Galic pods for seasoning – 10-15

5. Oil/Ghee – 4-5 Teaspoons

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Mangalore Cucumber

28 7 2008 088Ingredients of Horsegram Soup (Kultha saru)

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Ingredients of Wet Masala & Garlic pods for seasoning

Ingredients of Wet Masala:

1. Grated coconut fresh – 2 tablespoons

2. Red chillies – 2-3

3. Tamarind – a small piece

4. Garlic pods – for seasoning

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and cook Horsegram in the cooker adding sufficient quantity of water on medium flame for about 30-45 minutes till it is cooked. On pressure being released, drain soup from cooked lentil.

2. Wash, peal and chop Mangalore Cucumber, chop onions and cook both of them in the soup on a medium flame till they are cooked. When done add required quantity of salt and bring it to boil.

3. Place a spatula with a teaspoons of cooking oil in it on medium flame. When heated add red chillies and just fry it for a while.

4. Grind fried Chillies, grated coconut, tamarind in the mixer adding water in steps to a fine consistency.

5. Add the ground masala to the soup from step-2 and bring it to boil.

6. Place a spatula with 3-4 teaspoons of cooking oil in it. Add crushed garlic pods to it and fry it till brown and season it to the soup from step 5.

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Ready to serve Horsegram Soup(Kultha Saru)

Serve it hot with a dollop of butter and enjoy.

How long it takes: 45 minutes (+ 35 minutes for cooking Horsegram)

Number of servings: 6-7


14 thoughts on “Kultha Saaru (Horsegram soup)

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    suparna said:
    June 8, 2009 at 6:40 am

    hi pratibha,
    Love kultha saaru with magge, I don’t make it at home coz my hubby doesn’t like it 😦 Ammagal ghar vatsugel tavali samma khavnu yevunche 😉 love the flavour of garlic seaosoning

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 8, 2009 at 12:08 pm

      Hi Suparna,

      Actually this dish is the favorite of most people since it is only seasonal and rare.

    Lubna Karim said:
    June 8, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Oh wow saaru is comfort food with hot bowl of rice….looks yum…..

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 8, 2009 at 12:04 pm

      Hi Lubna,

      I will put up the simple version of the same in a couple of days.

    Divya said:
    June 8, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Kultha saaru looks great..we make a similar curry called Koddel,to which drumsticks and other veggies also could be added.Love the rusty flavour of this gram.

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 8, 2009 at 4:51 pm

      Hi Divya,

      Yeah its true that we do prepare Koddel with different veggies but this being monsoon dellight i put it now. You too have a wonderful blog.

    Cilantro said:
    June 8, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Lovely and healthy soup. Adding coconut is new to me.

    a2zvegetariancuisine said:
    June 8, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Looks interesting, we make different dishes with horsegram but this one is little new to me. Nice.

    prathibalrao responded:
    June 9, 2009 at 1:36 am

    Hi Ciliantro,

    You can prepare it without coconut even and will put up the same in a couple of days.

    prathibalrao responded:
    June 9, 2009 at 1:38 am

    Hi a2ZVegetariancuisine,

    Ofcourse we too prepare a few dishes and this is something unique as you said. Thanx once again.

    Anu said:
    June 10, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Nice saaru recipe 🙂 Never heard of this before.. tempts me to try!

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 11, 2009 at 1:24 am

      Hi Anu,

      Do try out and lemme know. This is purely konkani version of the recipe.

    Dinkar said:
    August 28, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Hi Pratibha:

    Just yesterday my wife made it and I like it a lot ! She prepares it every so often – unfortunately, kids don’t like it too much. But I have to say that the best Kultha Saaru I have ever tasted is in my village (close to Kundapur) where the Saaru is extracted after boiling the horesegram for hours to feed the cattle. Once the Saaru is seasoned with garlic and mustard seeds, the taste is beyond good – it is heavenly!

    Thank you

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