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Horse Gram

Also Known As : Kulthi bean, Madras gram
Technical Name : Macrotyloma uniflorum


Taste Profile

It has a pungent taste.

Usage Tips

  1. Horse gram can be used to make horse gram soup, a famous dish in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
  2. It can also be used to make chutneys, sambar, rasam, khichdi and idli.

Common names and forms

  1. Dehydrated Horse Gram Dal
  2. Kulath dal
  3. Kulattha


Horse gram is a type of legume which is small in size and has oval to kidney shape. It varies from green, brown to reddish brown in colour. It has hard texture. It is generally grown in dry agricultural area.

Health benefits

  • Horse gram is a good source of fibre which helps in digestion, regulate bowel movements and reduces the occurrence of diarrhea.(1)
  • It is beneficial to those who want to lose weight.(1)
  • It is also helpful to treat irregular menstrual cycle or excessive bleeding.(1)
  • Horse gram is helpful to reduce bad cholesterol levels.(1)
  • The fibre present in the horse gram is effective to treat piles.(1)

Selection Guide

Choose whole beans that are greenish to brown coloured with a hard texture.


Those who suffer from hyperacidity and gastric ulcers, should not consume horse gram. It should not be consumed when taking medicines for anemia.(2)

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