Kollu Thuvayal – Horsegram Chutney

March 18, 2015 Chutney RecipesSide Dish for Idli/Dosa  7 comments

Kollu known as horse gram is a brown legume which has a lot of health benefits. It helps in reducing weight and extra fats in the body. This Kollu Thuvayal is my grandmother’s recipe. There is a saying in tamil “Koluthavanakku Kollu Elachavanuku Ellu” meaning – for a fat person eating kollu will reduce weight and for a lean person Ellu will help in increasing weight. I really like the rhyme in this saying..

I have been wanting to try recipes with Kollu since a long time. Finally grabbed a packet of kollu and this is my first recipe with it – Kollu Thuvayal. This chutney is an easy one that goes well with idli/dosa and even rice.

PS: to all my friends out here – I got Kollu/Horse gram from our Spice Shop. It is available there..


Now to the recipe…




[Preparation Time-10 mins : Cooking Time- 10 mins]


  • Kollu / Horse gram – 1/4 cup
  • Coconut (grated) – 2 to 3 tbsps
  • Dry red chillies – 5
  • Tamarind paste – 1 tsp
  • Salt – as needed

To temper:

  • Oil – 2 tsp
  • Mustard – 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Curry leaves – a sprig





  • Heat a kadai and dry roast the horse gram in low flame until it is slightly brown. U will get a nice aroma and the seeds will start popping up. Keep it aside.

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  • In the same kadai add a tsp of oil and roast the red chilles until brown. Keep it aside. Now roast grated coconut for a few mins and keep it aside.

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  • Take roasted horse gram and red chillies in a mixer and grind it into a coarse powder.

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  • To this add roasted coconut, salt, tamarind paste and required water. Grind it into a semi-coarse paste.

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  • Heat the kadai with oil and temper with the ingredients mentioned under “to temper”. Add the ground Kollu Thuvayal and mix. Just heat for a minute and switch off the flame.

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Kollu Thuvayal is ready.

Serve with idli, dosa or rice.





  1. Roasting kollu is the most important step in this chutney. Do it in low flame. If it gets burnt, it will spoil the chutney’s taste.
  2. U can skip the coconut if u dont want.
  3. Adjust water according to the consistency of chutney required.

7 comments to Kollu Thuvayal – Horsegram Chutney

  • veena  says:

    I just had it for my dosa.. I love the nutty flavour.. urs looks very tasty!

  • Malathi  says:

    My all time fav. One who didnt taste this are really missing something yumm…

  • traditionallymodernfood  says:

    Traditional dishes are always best and you proved it.. Idli and chutney pramadham

  • Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen  says:

    Awesome Chutney, loved your step by step images. Thanks for share!

  • sona  says:

    Healthy thogayal, looks very delicious.

  • Rachna's Kitchen  says:

    Very healthy and yummy chutney !!

  • srividya  says:

    weekly twice intake of kollu is good for weight reduction …

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