Horse gram is a very popular name in India. It is a pulse (also known as Macrotyloma uniflorum) that is widely cultivated and consumed in the country since ancient times. If you did not already know, it is one of the best legumes for weight loss.
Even though most of us are familiar with red and green grams, over the years we have missed out on this miracle pulse (horse gram). This miracle pulse got its English name as it was fed to horses and cattle. In India, people identify it with different names such as Kulthi (Hindi), Kollu (Tamil) or Ulavalu (Telugu).
How can you lose weight with horse gram?
Now, answering the main question why should one consume horse gram for weight loss?. Well, horse gram is a good source of fiber. In order to keep your weight under control, you must consume fiber-rich food. You will feel full for a longer period of time, thereby bringing down the caloric intake.
As a matter of fact, all the fiber-rich fruits and veggies are low in calories. If you are willing to lose weight, then make sure to include this in your diet. A 100 gram serving of this pulse can provide around 24 grams of fiber.
Horse gram benefits and qualities
Horse gram has some seriously wonderful qualities:
- It is high in protein, iron, and calcium. As a matter of fact, it has the highest percentage of calcium when compared to the other pulses and is probably the best vegetarian sources of protein.
- Horse gram is carb rich and low in fat. Now, even though it is high in carbohydrate, you will not feel bloated, in fact, you will feel more energized.
- It is ideal for people suffering from obesity or diabetes as horse gram has a low sodium content and lipid.
If you consume raw horse gram, you can enjoy many health benefits as it is rich in proteins, polyphenols, and flavonoids, which are all anti-oxidants. In simple words, you will feel more vibrant and young. According to the scientists at IICT (Indian Institute of Chemical Technology), raw horse gram has the ability to bring down blood sugar, by slowing down the carb digestion and reducing the insulin resistance.
In the ancient days, horse gram was a suggested medicine for people suffering from kidney stones, asthma, urinary discharge or even heart disease. According to Ayurvedic practitioners, horse gram is a recommended source of food for people suffering from water retention or jaundice.
Horse gram has diuretic and astringent properties. According to some research, the lipid extracts that are from horse gram are beneficial for treating ulcers; these legumes can immensely reduce flatulence and also effectively control menstrual problems.
Horse gram recipes for weight loss
Here are some easy to do recipes. These are really healthy and can be included in your daily meal plan.
1. The Tasty Horse Gram Soup
- 1 cup horse gram
- 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
- 5-7 curry leaves
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- 1 tablespoon tamarind juice
- 1 red chili
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
First, you will have to soak the horse gram with 2 cups of water at least for 12 hours, post which you can boil the horse gram until it is cooked. Now, heat the oil in a pan and add in cumin seeds, red chilli, mustard seeds, curry leaves, and tamarind juice. Heat it for about 5-10 mins , after which you need to be adding the cooked horse gram. Add in 2 cups of water and let it boil for 15-20 minutes.
You can consume this soup in the morning for breakfast or for dinner. One bowl of soup is good enough for a day.
2. Boiled Horse Gram
- 1 cup horse gram
- 1 green chilli
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- 2 tablespoons finely grated coconut
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
This is one of the best things that you can consume to lose weight fast. To prepare boiled horse gram, you will have to soak the legumes in a bowl filled with water for at least 12 hours. Once the gram is properly soaked, cook it in the morning and discard the excess water. Heat the oil in a pan, add in the grated coconut and chilli and cook for 2 -3 minutes. Now, add in the horse gram, stir and let it cook for 5 minutes post which you can add the lime juice.
It is best to consume it for breakfast as it energizes your body and you will feel full at least for 3 hours.
3. Horse Gram Powder
- 1 bowl of horse gram seeds
- 1 tablespoon of cumin seeds
- 4 tablespoons of split black gram
- 4-5 red chilies
- 1 tablespoon of black peppercorn
First, dry roast the horse gram and split black gram and all the above mentioned ingredients until the raw aroma goes off, Wait for 15 minutes until the ingredients cool down. Now blend them all until they are powdered. Horse gram powder can be consumed at any point of the day. You can mix it with rice and consume during lunch or can make a fruit juice and mix this along.
With so many unhealthy junk foods available in the market, we have taken our health lightly and have compromised on feeding ourselves with high nutrition food. Choosing healthy food such as horse gram and kidney beans over a burger or French fries will not only help us live a healthy life but will also save a big portion of our income, which would otherwise be spent on medicines or at hospitals. If you start consuming fiber rich food every day, you will see a drastic improvement in your health in a matter of just a few weeks. Choose you food wisely.