Horse Gram–Benefits

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


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.

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  1. Hi
    Can you tell me about horse gram? How does it help to lose weight? How long does it take to lose weight, and also how much can you lose? Any information will be greatly appreciated

    Many Thanks

    • Hi…

      Horse gram is a variety of nut Just like pista, cashew and almond.. It is rich in.protein and iron.
      Everyone says that having honey in water with.empty stomach will.reduce weight and remove all unwanted fats..
      Ya its true.. I had an experience..
      Similarly I tried horse gram too..
      What we have to do is,soak the horse gram for 2 hours and put in a pressure cooker for more than 7 whistles.. Then eat.. As u wish add little sugar and coconut..
      The boiled water in the pressure cooker is very best when have it in empty stomach..
      When u powder this horse gram and add along with idly podi, or some poriyal..
      If u take regularly for one month surely u will reduce 4-5 kg.. I am guarantee for this..

      Thanks for Ur interest…

      • Hi
        Thank you for your fast reply. How much water should i put in pressure cooker, and also can i put horse gram in water at night, and drink that water in the morning, or do i have to boil horse gram and then drink that water?


        • No no.. Boiled water in empty stomach is good.. For one cup horse gram.u take 2 cups of water.. Since we r giving 5 to.6 whistles..

          • Hi
            ok so I drink the water in the morning and then eat horse gram in the afternoon to burn fat? is that what you are saying?? and also I read that horse gram generates a lot of heat, is that true? and does it cause pain in the stomach?


          • 250 gram is enough for one day

          • It is available in packets.. So buy 250 gram packs and have it daily during noon or evening with tea..

  2. Thank you for all the information. really appreciate it 🙂

  3. Hi Again
    Do i have to eat horsegram every day? Because i heard it generates a lot of heat in your stomach which is bad for you, so did you eat every day?


    • I continually ate one month.. No lunch at all.. Fruits in the morning and night.. I got better results.. Since I ate fruits I didn’t find any heat in body..

      • Hi
        What did you eat the horsegram with? Did you eat it with chapati?


        • Actually my weight was 64 kg.. I ate this with coconut and karupatti.. After one month my weight reduced to 56 kg.. Really I was surprised.. Even my doctor..

        • Also I powdered and mixed with idly podi and had it with Dosai and idly

          • woow, that much weight reduced, is pretty awesome. So what i will do is take 250g of horse gram and soak it in water overnight, then i will boil it in water and drink that water in the morning before breakfast, i can eat the horse gram at lunch time, is that ok?

          • Ok.. Fine..

          • Hi
            I don’t have to turn horse gram into powder to lose weight, do i? I thought i will just drink the boiled horse gram water, and then eat the horse gram. Did you do it differently?

          • If we eat daily with same thing.. Will.get bore and won’t like to eat.. So whatever u can try it differently.. It’s upto you..

          • Ok Thank you for all the info, really appreciate it 🙂 hopefully i will lose weight as well

          • hey how did you make horse gram powder?

          • Nothin spl, just put it in mixie and powder it.. Nowadays everything available in shop.. Just Sterday my friend bought horse gram juice extract and gooseberry juice extract..

  4. so which is the better way:
    1: boil horse gram and then drink that water or
    2: put horse gram powder in the hot water and then drink it

    which is the better way?

  5. The shop here has black horse gram. Did you eat the different coloured horse gram or the black coloured horse gram?


    • Colourer

      • Does it make a difference if you eat coloured horse gram or black horse gram?

        • In black, so many stones will be there and it need to whistles 7-8.. Coloured doesn’t have stones.. But both are equal in nutritional benefits.. If u have patience try black horse gram.. Nothing difference in both

  6. Wow, you are fast in replying, But thank alot 🙂

  7. Wow, you are fast in replying, But thanks a lot 🙂

  8. Hi,eating horse gram with bittermilk will reduce weight or not……pls rply

  9. Can i take 1glass of buttermilk with 1tablespoon of horse gram…is dis sufficient to lose weight??

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