In Tamil there's a saying 'Muthirai thinral kuthirai pole shakthi'. Translated, if you eat horsegram, you become as strong as a horse (remember, horsegram is fed to horses too :-).
However, it's a fact that horsegram is a great source of fibre, protein, and calcium. Here's a simple recipe popular in rural Tamil Nadu.
Horsegram - 1/2 cup (100gms approx)
Dry red chillies - 5-6 Nos
Garlic - 3 cloves
Curry leaves - as much as you wish
Salt to taste
Tamarind extract - 5 gms
Heat a thick bottomed skillet and dry roast the horsegram and garlic. Keep stirring to ensure even roasting. Add the dry red chillies and curry leaves . Roast till the chillies start turning colour and an aroma emanates. Cool.
Add tamarind and salt. Grind in a mixer or processor adding sufficient water.
Great accompaniment to idlis, dosas, or even plain steamed rice.
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