Horse Gram Health Benefits in Weight loss-Diabetes-Low sperm count

Ayurveda recommends horse gram for weight loss, diabetes, low sperm count, Erectile Dysfunction, Premature Ejaculation, PCOS or PCOD and Kapha related diseases

Horse Gram possesses plenty of anti-oxidants to scavenge free radicals. This pulse is used as a therapeutic agent in ayurveda to treat common cold, fever, kidney stones, constipation, diabetes, female infertility and coronary heart disease.  Studies have shown that DL-proline and geranyl geraniol phytoconstituents from horse gram sprouts and mixed sprouts, respectively, are novel antibiotic resistance breakers and can be recommended as a preventive measure for Shigellosis disease. The bioactive compounds of horse gram, its nutritional composition and potential health benefits are extensively researched. This under utilised crop is main food in southern Indian Villages

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Table of content
Horse Gram in ayurveda
Horse gram for Men or Males
Horse gram or kollu for Weight Loss:
Horse Gram Recipes for Weight Loss
Horse gram for PCOS or PCOD
Horse Gram for Diabetes
How to Use Horse Gram ?
Who should not use horse gram ?

Horse Gram in Ayurveda

Horse gram or Kulthi (Botanical name – Macrotyloma uniflorum ) is widely consumed in South India. These lesser known beans are used in curries and soups. Texts of ayurveda refer these beans as Kulatthika or Kulattha. The soup of these beans is used in diet, after panchakarma treatment ( Ayurveda Panchakarma Treatment – A Detoxification Therapy ).

Ayurveda Health Benefits of Horse Gram or Kulthi

Ayurveda acharyas praise medicinal properties, health benefits and uses of horse gram as follows.

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Kulattha or horse gram is spicy to taste (katu rasa). Its taste becomes astringent (kashaya rasa) after digestion. It is hot in potency (ushna veerya). It is light to digest (laghu), increases pitta dosha and Rakta (blood).

Horse Gram for Males

This bean is very useful in various men health conditions. Men can regularly include recipes of kulattha in their diet. The benefits are explained as follows.

In Erectile Dysfunction

Since kulthi helps in weight loss and also to control blood sugar level it is very beneficial for men who suffer from Erectile Dysfunction due to diabetes ( Natural Ayurvedic Remedies for Erectile Dysfunction in Diabetes ) and ED due to obesity ( Relationship Between Obesity and Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence) ). It not only helps to reduce body weight but also supplies essential nutrients required for normal sexual function. This bean can be added in diet as vajikarana food ( Vajikarana Foods – Prepare at Home )

In Homeopathic system of medicine they recommend phosphorous to rectify erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.  (Read What are the Best Ayurvedic Medicines for ED and PE ? )

Low sperm count or Oligospermia

Since this legume is store house of minerals and protein, it provides excellent nourishment for sperms. Minerals like calcium, phosphorus, iron and amino acids in horse gram boost the sperm count. Ayurveda acharyas recommend this bean to reduce time of liquefaction  of semen and remove impurities from it.

Helps to strengthen muscles.

Since this bean is rich in protein, Sprouted Kulattha is an excellent diet for men who want to build their muscles and body strength.

Horse gram or kollu for Weight Loss:

Texts of ayurveda praise health benefits of horse gram and its uses in weight loss.  Horse gram is known to reduce medha dhatu (body fat) (  Ayurveda Medha Dhatu or Body Fat ) and kapha dosha ( Kapha Dosha Types, Qualities, Functions and Sites in Ayurveda ) which are root causes for obesity ( Ayurvedic Herbs, Medicine and Treatment for Obesity )

Horse gram helps to lose weight fast as it is high in protein. Ayurveda acharyas recommend this to balance kapha dosha . Few ayurvedic horse gram recipes which can be used in your diet to aid weight loss has been given in the end of this article.

PCOS and Menstrual Disturbances

Women who suffer from scanty bleeding or irregular menstrual cycle are benefited by this pulse. The iron content of this bean helps to boost haemoglobin which is lost from menstrual cycles. Since it helps to control blood sugar level and weight management, it is strongly recommended in PCOS/PCOD ayurveda Diet. ( Ayurveda Diet Plan For PCOS )


New researches have shown the beneficial effects of horse gram in diabetes ( Read Natural Ayurvedic Remedies for Diabetes ) . Regular consumption of these beans helps to reduce blood glucose level.

Scientists from the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology have found that unprocessed raw horse gram seeds not only possess anti-hyperglycemic properties but also have qualities which reduce insulin resistance.


Describing horse gram (Ulavalu in Telugu, Kulthi in Hindi, Kollu in Tamil) as a poor man’s pulse crop in South India, Dr.Tiwari said it was an anti-oxidant rich food grain. Traditionally different preparations were made with the pulse to suit the requirements of different seasons. For instance, it was given in the winter for generating body heat/warmth and energy.

Dr.Tiwari said the study found that raw horse gram seed was rich in polyphenols, flavonoids and proteins, the major anti-oxidants present in fruits and other food materials.

Anti-oxidants help in controlling oxidative stress by scavenging free radicals. He said the study found that raw horse gram seed has the ability to reduce post-prandial hyperglycemia by slowing down carbohydrate digestion and reduce insulin resistance by inhibiting protein-tyrosine phosphatase 1 beta enzyme.

He said that of late a belief has gained ground that eating sprouts of horse gram would be beneficial for health. However, the study found that during sprouting its anti-diabetic medicinal property gets reduced.

He said the majority of anti-oxidant properties were confined to the seed coat and its removal would not do any good. “Any preparation made of whole grain is better than sprouts or horse gram pulses”, he added.

Other Health Benefits of Horse Gram

Horse Gram is used as home remedy in different health conditions.

Common Cold and fever

Ayurveda acharyas recommend soup of horse gram in common cold, fever, bronchitis and asthma. It relieves congestion and makes breathing easy. It supplies required nutrients to boost body immunity ( Boost Immunity Through Ayurveda – Foods and Herbs ) in fever and common cold


It reduces flatulence and reduces indigestion ( Ayurvedic Treatments and Home Remedies for Indigestion ) . It also helps to eradicate intestinal parasites.


The fiber content of horse gram helps to relieve constipation ( Natural Ayurvedic Remedies for Constipation ) and ease bowel movement.

Kidney stones

Regular consumption of cooked horse gram helps to expel small kidney stones. Scientific studies have shown that horse gram inhibits formation of calcium oxalate stones in kidneys.

Horse Gram Recipes for Weight Loss

Here are few recipes of horse gram which help you to know how to use and take horse gram in your diet.

How to use horse gram or Kollu powder for weight loss

Take 2 cups of horse gram and dry roast it till the raw flavour is gone. Allow the roasted bean to cool. Powder the roasted beans in a mixer. Store it in a airtight container. This can be used to prepare soups.

Horse Gram Soup for weight loss:

Ingredients : (Serves two)

  1. Powdered roasted horse gram –  one and half table spoon
  2. Water – one and half cup ( 400 ml) (Read  Water the elixir of Life An Ayurveda View )
  3. One small onion – Finely chopped  (Read Ayurveda Health Benefits of Onion)
  4. 4 cloves of garlic – crushed. (Read Garlic Milk Health Benefits and Recipe )
  5. ½ inch ginger – grated (Read Ayurveda Health Benefits of Ginger)
  6. Ghee – 1 tea spoon (Read.Ayurveda Health Benefits and Uses of Ghee )
  7. 5-6 pepper corns – crushed
  8. Coriander leaves –  ½ table spoon
  9. Coconut milk – ¼ cup (Optional) (Read Ayurveda Health Benefits of Coconut, Tender Coconut Water, Coconut Shell and Oil )
  10. Rock Salt to taste – ( Read Ayurveda Health Benefits of Rock Salt or Sendha Namak )

Heat ghee ( Ayurvedic Home Remedies with Ghee ) in a wok add onions and fry till they become transparent. Add garlic and ginger fry till they lose rawness. Add water and  bring it to boil. Add Horse gram powder and stir well till it is cooked . Do not allow it to form lumps. Sprinkle salt, pepper and coriander leaves.  Garnish with  coconut milk and serve.

This Horse Gram Soup Recipe is best to lose weight and can be used before lunch. It almost fills the stomach, reduces hunger pangs and prevents craving.

Sprouted Horse Gram Usali or Salad :

The nutritional contents of these beans, like very little carbohydrate, more protein and fiber, contribute to weight loss

Ingredients :

Horse Gram – 1 cup

Onion – 1 large finely chopped ( Read Ayurveda Home Remedies with Onion-Arthritis, Joint Pain, ED  )

Coriander Leaves – finely chopped 1 table spoon

Grated coconut – ¼ cup (Read Count on Coconut  )

Lemon juice – 1 tea spoon

Water – Quantity sufficient

For Seasoning

Mustard seeds – ½ tea spoon ( Men Beware- Mustard and Mustard Oil Can Kill Sperms )

Urad dal or Black Gram – ½ tea spoon ( Read Urad Dal or Black Gram Recipes for Weight Gain and Sperm Health )

Chana dal – ½ tea spoon

Curry Leaves – 9 to 10

Green Chilli – 2 – finely chopped

Asafoetida or hing – 1 pinch ( Read Health Benefits and Uses of Asafoetida or Hing According to Ayurveda )

Cooking oil – 3 tea spoon

Wash and soak horse gram for 8 hours. Discard the water and place it in a colander or Chalni for 30 minutes to remove residual water. After this tie the beans in a clean muslin cloth and hang it in a dark place for 12 hours. This process makes the kulthi to sprout.

Pressure cook sprouts in 4 cups of water with little salt. Separate cooked beans from water. (This water can be used in curries and soups.).

Heat a wok with cooking oil in it.  Add mustard seeds. When they splutter add urad dal, channa dal, curry leaves, green chillies and asafoetida. Roast them well. Add Chopped onions and fry till the raw smell is gone. Now add cooked sprouts and coconut gratings. Turn all these ingredients so that everything gets mixed evenly. Turn off the flame and add lemon juice. Garnish this with coriander leaves before serving.

This Horse gram recipe helps in weight loss and can be eaten with rotis and rice. It can be eaten as healthy snack. This is very low in calories and satiates hunger.

Horse Gram Curry using horse gram water :


Horse gram – 1 cup

Grated coconut – 1 cup

MTR Rasam Powder – 3 tea spoon

Tamrind paste – 3 tea spoons

Jaggery – 1 tea spoon ( Read Ayurveda Health Benefits and Medicinal Properties of Jaggery )

Curry leaves – 8-10

Coriander leaves – ½  table spoon

Cumin seeds or Jeera – ½  tea spoon (Read Ayurveda Health Benefits of Jeera or Cumin Seeds  )

Coriander seeds or dhania seeds – ½  tea spoon

Turmeric – ¼ tea spoon (Read Ayurveda Health Benefits of Turmeric Milk  )

Salt to taste

For seasoning

Mustard seeds – ½ tea spoon

Dry Red chilli – 2 broken

Ghee – 1 tea spoon ( Read Does Ghee increase Blood Cholesterol ? )

Asafoetida – 1 pinch

Soak horse gram overnight . Next day discard the water used for soaking. Wash soaked horse gram and pressure cook it for 5 whistles with little salt and 4 cups of water.

Grind grated coconut, rasam powder , coriander seeds (dhania), cumin seeds , turmeric along with one table spoon of cooked horse gram along with little water to make a fine paste. Add this to cooked kulthi beans and adjust the consistency by adding water. Boil till the raw smell of masala goes. Now add tamarind paste , salt, curry leaves, finely chopped coriander leaves and jaggery. Boil for 3 more minutes.  Turn off the flame.

Heat ghee in a  small tadka pan, add mustard . When it splutters add red chillies and asafoetida. Turn off flame and pour this on prepared curry. This curry goes good with rice or ragi ball.  Savouring this with ragi ball help to lose weight fast as these stay in stomach for a very long duration.

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Synonyms of Horse Gram
  • Horse Gram in Kannada – Hurali Kaalu
  • Horse Gram in Hindi – Kulthi
  • Horse gram in Marathi – Kullith / hulage
  • Horse Gram in Telagu  – Ulavalu
  • Horse Gram in Tamil – Kollu

Horse gram nutritional value

These beans are rich in nutrients. They contain plenty of calcium, phosphorous, iron and protein. By virtue of its nutrients and ayurvedic natural properties, the horse gram is considered to be beneficial to human and animal health.

100 grams of dry horse gram beans contain 57.2% of carbohydrate , 22% protein , 5.3% dietary fiber, 0.5% fat, 287 mg calcium, 311 mg phosphorus , 6.77 mg iron .

Horse Gram Protein :

Horse gram contains high protein. 22% of this bean is protein. Hence this is recommended for a weight loss diet. Low fat content in this bean makes it a favourable protein supplement for vegans and vegetarians. Usually this bean is included in diet of body builders in rural India as it is cheap and easily affordable. This bean is fed to race horses for its high protein content and it also prevents horse from gaining weight. Due to its high protein content , horse gram is strictly forbidden in Ayurvedic diet for gout or high uric acid .

How to use Horse gram

Horse gram has to be soaked overnight and the water has to be discarded. These soaked beans have to be pressure cooked next day to use in curries and soups.

  1. Always soak horse gram overnight before cooking.
  2. Discard soaked water as it contains phyto chemicals which disturb digestion.
  3. Use only cooked horse gram. Never eat it raw as it is very hard to digest.
  4. This is not recommended for people with gout or high blood uric acid  (Read Best Ayurvedic Treatment and Medicine for High Uric Acid Levels  ) , kidney problems and diabetes.

Who should not use horse gram

Pregnant women, persons who are recovering from tuberculosis, people who are willing to gain weight (Read Ayurvedic Weight Gain Therapy or Brumhana Therapy) should not use horse gram. Persons with gout and high uric acid level, kidney malfunction should not use this legume

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