Horsegram Dal Recipe - Kulith/Kollu Dal

A healthy and tasty recipe of Horsegram Dal that keeps you satiated for a long time. Serve this dal along with phulkas and any sabzi of your choice for a wholesome weeknight dinner.

Pooja Thakur
Horsegram Dal Recipe - Kulith/Kollu Dal
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Horsegram Dal is an easy recipe to cook and it has lots of health benefits. It is great for weight loss, aids in digestion and controls the release of sugar into the bloodstream, therefore making it a great lentil for diabetics. Apart from health benefits, it tastes great too. 

Did you know : Horsegram contains the highest protein content of any lentil in the world. This grain is fed to horses to keep them energetic and maintain weight, hence the namesake. Horsegram is also rich in iron and calcium among other nutrients. It is a poor man's food as it provides a lot of energy for a small portion consumed. It is a drought tolerant crop that can be grown in a low rainfall area and even on rainfed dry agricultural lands.

Serve Horsegram Dal along with PhulkasAloo Baingan Ki Sabzi and Boondi Raita for a complete and wholesome meal.

If you like this recipe of Horsegram Dal, here are a few more Horsegram recipes

  1. Ulava Charu Recipe (Horse Gram Stew)
  2. Kollu Masala Dosa Recipe - High Protein Horse Gram Dosa
  3. Hurali Kalu Chutney Recipe (Horse Gram Chutney Recipe)

Cuisine: Indian
Course: Lunch
Diet: High Protein Vegetarian
Prep in

480 M

Cooks in

30 M

Total in

510 M


4 Servings


  • 1/2 cup Horse Gram Dal (Kollu/ Kulith)
  • 3 cups Water
  • 1 tablespoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • Salt , to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 Onion , chopped
  • 1 Tomato , chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander Powder (Dhania)
  • Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , chopped for garnish

How to make Horsegram Dal Recipe - Kulith/Kollu Dal

  1. To begin making the Horsegram Dal, first step is to soak horse gram in 1 cup of water overnight.

  2. Next morning, in a pressure cooker, add the soaked horse gram dal and 3 cups of water. Add salt to taste and turmeric powder. 

  3. Close the cooker with a lid and pressure cook for 6-7 whistles. Let the pressure release naturally. 

  4. Next, heat ghee in a heavy bottomed pan on medium flame. Once the ghee has melted, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and let them crackle.

  5. Add asafoetida and let it cook for few seconds. 

  6. Next add ginger garlic paste, saute it and let it cook on medium flame until raw aroma of ginger garlic goes away. This will take about a minute or two.

  7. Add in the chopped onion, saute until the onions are translucent. Add tomatoes, red chilli powder, salt and coriander powder. Cover the pan and let it cook for 2 to 3 minutes. 

  8. After 2 to 3 minutes, add the mashed horse gram into the pan. Cover and let it simmer for about 3 to 4 minutes.

  9. Turn off the flame and garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.

  10. Serve Horsegram Dal along with PhulkasAloo Baingan Ki Sabzi and Boondi Raita for a complete and wholesome meal.