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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) and kapha dosha which are root causes for obesity.

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

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What is Horse Gram ?

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.

According to principles of ayurveda Kulthi or horse gram is hot in potency and tastes pungent. It is light to digest, increases pitta dosha and Rakta (blood).

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 .

Horse Gram for Weight Loss

Horse gram helps to lose weight fast as it is high in protein. Texts of ayurveda recommend this to balance kapha dosha and imbalanced kapha dosha is the main cause for weight gain. Here are few ayurvedic horse gram recipes which can be used in your diet to aid weight loss.


Health Benefits of Horse Gram or Kulthi


How to take horse gram or Kollu 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.

Horse Gram Recipes for Weight Loss

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  Ample of Water a Day can Keep The doctor Away  )
  3. One small onion – Finely chopped  (Read Ayurveda Medicinal Properties of Onion)
  4. 3-4 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.Properties of ghee or clarified butter as described in Ayurveda )
  7. 5-6 pepper corns – crushed
  8. Coriander leaves –  ½ table spoon
  9. Coconut milk – ¼ cup (Optional) (Read Home Remedies with Coconut )
  10. Rock Salt to taste – ( Read Ayurveda Health Benefits of Rock Salt or Sendha Namak )

Heat 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 :

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Ingredients :

Horse Gram – 1 cup

Onion – 1 large finely chopped ( Read Home Remedies with Onions  )

Coriander Leaves – finely chopped 1 table spoon

Grated coconut – ¼ cup (Read Count on Coconut  )

Lemon juice – 1 tea spoon

Water – Quantity sufficient (Read water the Elixir of Life )

For Seasoning

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

Urad dal – ½ tea spoon (Read Black Gram or Urad Dal Soup Recipe for Men )

Chana dal – ½ tea spoon

Curry Leaves – 9 to 10

Green Chilli – 2 – finely chopped

Asafoetida – 1 pinch

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.

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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 :

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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 Medicinal Properties of Jaggery )

Curry leaves – 8-10

Coriander leaves – ½  table spoon

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

Coriander seeds or dhania seeds – ½  tea spoon

Turmeric – ¼ tea spoon (Read Benefits of Drinking 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.

Note: Horse gram not only helps in weight loss but also helps men in erectile dysfunction (Read Ayurveda Remedies for Erectile Dysfunction  ). This is because it is rich in calcium and phosphorus.  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 ?  )


  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.

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 in fever and common cold


It reduces flatulence and reduces indigestion. It also helps to eradicate intestinal parasites.


New researches have shown the beneficial effects of horse gram in diabetes. Regular consumption of these beans helps to reduce blood glucose level.

Low sperm Count:

Horse gram is of great help for men who suffer from low sperm count. The nutrients like calcium, phosphorous, iron, and amino acids which are present in horse gram promote sperm production. According to principles of ayurveda horse gram liquefies semen and removes impurities from it.

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. 


The fiber content of horse gram helps to relieve 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.

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. Sprouted horse gram is more beneficial than soaked ones because sprouting reduces unhealthy phytochemicals and increases nutrition value.

Who should not use horse gram:

Pregnant women, persons who are recovering from tuberculosis, people who are willing to gain weight should not use horse gram

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