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Horsegram Powder / Kollu Podi

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I do have a habit of cleaning my pantry every time before I purchase groceries for the upcoming month. Even though I happened to miss few of the ingredients in occasional cases, those can still be found when my mil or mom visits my home. They used to clean every now and then when they come here and prepare some useful dishes out of any untouched ingredients.

When my mom cleaned the pantry last time when she visited here, she found a pack of horse gram. She asked me to prepare a powder that she often makes at home for my dad. I sun dried the horsegram (since it was bought few months ago) and them ground them to prepare this powder. After a short photo shoot I stored it in a airtight container for using it later but I need to say it is all over by a week time. I totally forgot about this powder recipe which I drafted few months before in my blog until I came across a the same powder from Nandoo’s blog. So I thought of posting it today without fail.

Basic Information:

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Makes: 1 and 1/2 cup (approximately)


Kollu / Horse gram – 1 cup

Urad dal – 1/2 cup

Black pepper – 2 teaspoons

Dry red chillies – 7 nos.,  or as required

Garlic cloves – 3 nos.,

Asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon

Salt – to taste


1) In a pan, dry roast dry red chilli and black pepper nicely without burning them. Transfer it to a plate.

2) Add urad dal and dry roast it until it turns brown color and starts releasing a nice aroma. Transfer it to the same plate.

3) Add horse gram now and roast till it releases aroma. Transfer to the same plate and allow it to cool to room temperature.

4) Once all the ingredients are in room temperature, Add them to the mixer and make a powder of it.

5) Towards the end of grinding, add garlic cloves and asafoetida. Add salt to your taste. Pulse it again.

6) Allow this powder to cool to room temperature and then store in an air tight container.

7) Serve with hot steamed rice, idly or dosa along with ghee or gingelly oil.


1) My mom sometimes uses both urad dal, channa dal and few curry leaves for this making this powder. If you want to add channa dal with this powder, add 1/4 cup of it along with the measurement given above.

2) You can also use the brown colour horse gram for making this powder instead of black one.

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Sangeetha M

I too Wanted to try this Kollu Podi Since long time…thanks You reminded Me now…Will try it Soon. But i have Seen only the brown Variety. Nice Captures Uma !


Pretty clicks…… Will try soon!!


i have a packet of kollu which wanted to get made into rasam but that never happened. Now, i think this podi will happen

Suja Manoj

Flavorful spicy podi,thanks for sharing


Very flavorful powder..

nandoos kitchen

Very flavourful powder. You said it right. I just made it few days back and now the bottle is empty. Now hubby wants me to make another batch. Your clicks are wonderful..


healthy podi…n best combo with idly.Lovely clickz


Flavorful and healthy podi, loved the clicks!

Magees kitchenworld

Healthy, Flavourful podi…Nice click


my fav ๐Ÿ™‚ must hv everyday


mleft wit 2 pkt full of horsegram n u remindedme.. making it tis weekend…

Priya Suresh

This podi is something i always love to have in my pantry..


wow such an flavorful podi , and very healthy even ๐Ÿ™‚ lovely clicks and so well explained ๐Ÿ™‚

Sona - quick picks/pick quicks

nice post, thou i have never tried this. thanks for sharing, Uma.


Healthy cum flavorful podi. Love the clicks.

Sushma Mallya

amazing photography uma…looks so nice,am hearing this podi for the first time,got to try this


What is horse gram please…