Kollu rasam / Horse gram rasam

Written by: 7aum Suvai

Horse gram is also called as kollu paruppu or kaanam in southern districts of Tamilnadu. It has lot of health benefits like lowering cholesterol levels, helps relieve cold and cough, reducing weight. I used to make kollu rasam very often during winter.

Kollu rasam


      • 2 tbsp – Horse gram / Kollu paruppu/ Kaanam
      • 1 no – Tamarind (gooseberry size)
      • 1/4 tsp – Turmeric powder
      • 2 pinch – Sugar
      • 2 stalk – Coriander leaves
      • Salt – as needed

For grinding:

      • 1 tsp – Coriander seeds
      • 2 tsp – Cumin seeds
      • 1 tsp – Peppercorns
      • 1 no – Tomato (ripe and medium sized)
      • 3 no – Garlic
      • 1 no – Green chilli (crushed)


      • 1 tsp – Oil
      • 1/4 tsp – Mustard seeds(kaduku)
      • 1/4 tsp – Split black gram / Ulunthu
      • 1 pinch – Fenugreek seeds (venthayam)
      • 1 pinch – Asafoetida (perungayam/hing)
      • 4 nos – Curry leaves

Kollu rasam process

Kollu rasam

Preparation Method:

  1. Wash and soak kollu overnight with enough water. Pressure cook with 2 cups of water for upto 4 or 5 whistles. Drain the water from kollu and keep it aside for later use.
  2. Take a mixie jar, grind cooked kollu and all other items given in the list “for grinding” to a coarse paste. Set it aside.
  3. Soak tamarind in 1/2 cup of water and squeeze out the pulp.Take a vessel add this tamarind juice, kollu water, ground masala along with turmeric powder and required salt, mix well.
  4. Heat oil in a pan, season with items given for seasoning. Pour the tamarind mixture and bring it to boil. You should see froth forming on the top layer. Do not over boil (you shouldn’t leave until bubble bursts) the rasam. In case if you over boil we will lose the real flavor of rasam.
  5. Sprinkle coriander leaves and serve hot with white rice and appalam.

Kollu rasam


  1. My grandma used to prepare this... Thanks for sharing

    Event: Dish name starts with O

  2. good looking still and very healthy rasam...

  3. nice presentation :) i always liked this rasam and its flavor..

  4. yummy rasam dear.. very healthful during cold, diet people too... i love it very much...

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  5. Such a healthy and super comforting rasam..Inviting.

  6. This is my favourite Shanthi. Love ur presentation


  7. S. Gathampari HarivijayarajSeptember 11, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    healthy rasam...

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  10. Bookmarked this recipe. I want to try it in winter .

  11. i like koillu rasam and chaittne.

  12. Hi Shanti,

    I made the kollu rasam for lunch today...it was fabulous....thank you for sharing this recipe. Your presentation is so crisp and professional.....keep up your excellent wotk...Happy New Year

  13. Hi shanti,
    I made kollu rasam this afternoon.. It came out very well. Thanx for sharing such a good healthy recipe which is unknown to many of us


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