Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ulava Charu | Horse Gram Rasam | Hurali Saaru | Kollu Rasam

Ulava charu is a Andhra delicacy. This dish is much known & enjoyed in Guntur & Krishna districts of Andhra Pradesh. The actual preparation of this dish, which is made in villages, is very tedious & time consuming. But you can just pressure cook them make this rich & tasty rasam filled with flavors.
I added rasam powder to this rasam as a twist to it. This dish turned to be spicy & appetizing.

Prep Time - 8hrs for soaking + 15min | Cooking Time - 30mins | Serves - 4people
1/2Cup ulavalu {horse gram}
3Cups water
1Cup sliced onion
2Tomatoes chopped
2Green chili's slit in to half
1Tsp rasam powder
1/4Tsp turmeric
1/2Tsp red chili powder {adjust as needed}
1Tbs tamarind pulp 
1Tsp sugar {adjust as needed}
Few curry leaves
Salt to taste
1Tsp mustard
1Tsp jeera {cumin}
2Red chili cut in half
2Garlic cloves chopped
1Tbs butter/oil 
- Soak lentils overnight. 
- Pressure cook them with water for 2whistles. Switch off heat & allow to cool. 
- Filter water from lentils & discard cooked lentils. 
- Heat a pan & add lentils water to it. 
- Add onions , tomatoes, green chili's & curry leaves to it. 
- Close it with a lid & cook it on low heat. 
- After 10mins of cooking add rasam powder, turmeric, red chili powder, tamarind pulp, sugar & salt. 
- Adjust flavors if needed.
- Cook on low heat for another 5mins & switch off heat. 
- Heat pan with butter. To that add mustard, jeera, red chili's & garlic. 
- Once the mustard starts jumping switch off heat & add it to rasam.
- Adjust the spice level as needed.
- You can totally omit red chili powder if the green chili's are spice enough. 
- You can omit rasam powder from the recipe.
- I like adding sugar to balance the flavors. Using it won't make rasam sweet. 

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  1. I love this chaaru.. so tasty and healthy.. great to have as a soup too..

  2. I love this rasam. This one looks yummm..

    I have posted this in my blog recently too. :) take a look when you find time.

    I guess I am here for the first time. But sure to be back often. Keep it going.


  3. This is new pulse to me.. but looks delicious.!

  4. This is a new kind of rasam to me...Would love to try this!

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