Horse gram is a legume of the tropics and subtropics, grown mostly under dry-land agriculture. It is grown and used mainly in South India.It is called as Kollu in tamil . Horse gram is high in protein and iron, which makes it a wholesome food that should be added to our diet on a regular basis.Horse gram is a reddish brown legume with many health benefits. It is rich in taste and at the same time provides you many nutritional benefits. Hence it is one of the favorite food for all walks of people.

As it is a grain with rich amounts of proteins, vitamins and iron it is believed that it can reduce the extra fats in the body along with the help of reducing weight.It is having good amounts of B-complex vitamin and proteins.  It aids in purifying menstruation and prevents and cures the arthritis. The high amount of dietary fiber present in the horse gram balances the blood pressure and sugar glucose levels.

Nutritional Facts:

It has calcium, molybdenum, polyphenols, flavonoids, which have high antioxidant capacity and hemagglutinin substance that causes red blood cells to agglutinate.Apart from these, it has carbohydrates, fats, minerals, phosphorus, carotenes and nicotinic acid. Like other legumes, it is deficient in methoioine and tryptophan. It is bitter and acrid to taste.Here is the nutritional fact for 100 gm of this legume:

    • Energy-321  Ecals
    • Moisture-12 gm
    • Protein-22 gm
    • Fat-0 gm
    • Mineral-3 gm
    • Fiber-5 gm
    • Carbohydrates-57 gm
    • Calcium-287 mg
    • Phosphorous-311 mg
    • Iron-7 mg

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Health benefits of Horse Gram:

  1. Horse Gram water is prescribed for treating jaundice. This water is also used for relieving cough and cold. Horse gram liquid is also used to regulate fever.
  2. Applying a paste of powdered Horse Gram along with some water on the skin helps to control boils and skin rashes.The lipid extracts of Horse Gram are beneficial for treating peptic ulcer.
  3. It is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine for treating numerous health disorders including rheumatism, worm, conjunctivitis and piles.It is beneficial for pregnant women as it helps to increase the body’s blood count.
  4. Similarly to control the bleeding after pregnancy horse gram works well. Women can daily intake one table spoon of horse gram powder in the early morning on empty stomach to improve the overall health.
  5. Weight Loss can be done by boiling horse gram until tender and add it to your daily diet. Please note that it takes longer to cook than other dals. Soaking for a while and cooking in a pressure cooker helps to cook it faster.Powder and add it to soups to get all the nutritional benefits and burn fat.Soak the horse gram dal for 8-10 hours and sprout the seeds to increase the nutritional value.
  6. Horse gram is recommended for treating kidney stones in India.Soak about 4 teaspoons of Horse gram in approximately 1.5 cups of water overnight and drink the water in the water on an empty stomach the next morning.You can add the same amount of water to the  horse gram again and let it soak and can drink the water in the afternoon and repeat this and drink in the evening as well.Taking horse gram water this way for 2-3 months will help in completely eliminating the kidney stones.