Navratri Special: Horse Gram (Kollu) Sundal


Horse gram is a very healthy legume that is rich in iron. Known as Kollu in Tamilnadu, it’s used to make a variety of dishes like Kollu Rasam, Kollu poriyal, Kollu chutney. It is also used as an offering to Lord Ketu during Navratri. I made horse gram sundal on day 5 (Monday) of Navrathri.


  • Horse gram (Kollu) – 1 cup
  • Spinach – 1/4 cup
  • Grated coconut – 1/4 cup
  • Ginger-green chillies paste – 2 tbsp
  • Garam Masala – 1 tsp
  • Jaggery powder – 2 tbsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • For tempering
    • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
    • Asafetida – a pinch
    • Coconut oil – 1 tbsp
    • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Chopped coriander leaves, a few for garnishing


  • Clean and soak the horse gram overnight
  • Next morning, wash it well and cook it in a pressure cooker, adding just enough water for 3-4 whistles or until well cooked
  • Cook the spinach, grind it and keep aside
  • In a pan, add coconut oil, add mustard seeds, urad dal, asafetida. When the mustard splutters, add the spinach, ginger-green chilly paste and saute for some time
  • Add the cooked horse gram, garam masala powder, grated coconut, salt and jaggery powder. Stir well and cook for 5-10 minutes, covered with a lid
  • Remove from fire and garnish with coriander leaves

Enjoy the sundal 🙂


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