Essence of Life - Food
Essence of Life - Food


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  • For Masala Powder
  • Cumin Seeds - 1 Tspn
  • Coriander Seeds - 1 Tspn
  • Peppercorns - 1 Tspn
  • Dry Red Chilli - 1 No.
  • Curry leaves - 2 Sprigs
  • For Masiyal
  • Cooked Horse Grams - 1/2 Cup
  • Sesame Seed Oil - 2 Tspns
  • Shallots - 5-6 Nos.
  • Garlic - 5-6 Cloves
  • Tomato - 1 No.
  • Salt - To Taste
  • For Tempering
  • Mustard Seeds - 1/2 Tspn
  • Dry Red Chillies - 1-2 Nos.
  • Curry Leaves - 1 Sprig
  • Sesame Oil - 1 Tspn.


    Dry Roast the ingredients mentioned under for 'Masala Powder' in a very low flame until all the ingredients are dry and aromatic
    Allow it to cool. Grind the spices into a fine powder and keep it aside.
    Clean the horse gram and wash them thoroughly to remove any debris or dust.
    Soak them with enough water and leave them aside for overnight or for atleast 6-8 hours.
    Wash and remove the soaked water.
    Pour enough water to cover the Horsegrams.
    Pressure cook the lentils for 6-8 whistles. Drain the water. Set aside.
    Take a pan and add a teaspoon of sesame oil.
    Heat Oil in a pan.
    Saute finely chopped Shallots and Garlics until onions turn translucent.
    Add Tomatoes and saute until they turn soft for few minutes.
    Add Dry Roasted Masala and mix it well.
    Add cooked Horse Grams and half a cup of cooked water and mix well.
    Turn off the heat and allow it to cool.
    Grind the mixture into a coarse paste.

    For Tempering :

    Heat Sesame Oil in a pan.
    Splutter the Mustard Seeds, Dry Red Chillies and Curry Leaves.
    Pour this mixture into the ground Horse Gram Paste.Serve hot along with Rice topped with a drizzle of Sesame Oil or Ghee.

    NOTES :

    Horse gram take longer time to cook.
    Rinse them thoroughly to remove any debris or dust from the Horse grams.
    Soak them overnight or atleast for 6-8 hours.
    Drain the water used to soak and rinse thoroughly.
    Cook them in pressure cooker or in a saucepan until they are well cooked.
    Do not add water used for cooking while mashing them.
    Can use the excess water and some cooked Horsegrams to prepare Kollu Rasam.


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