Horse Gram for Weight Loss & Its Health Benefits

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Today we will talk about Weight Loss with Horse Gram.

Everybody might be quite familiar with red grams, black grams, and green grams, but most of the people tend to miss a very healthy food and that is horse gram (Macrotyloma Uniflorum). Other name variations for horse gram are Kollu (Tamil), Ulavalu (Telugu), and Kuthi (Hindi). It is also known as the Lentils around the world.

Horse gram is one of the widely cultivated crops of India and it is being consumed here since the ancient times. The crop has originated from south-east Asian subcontinent and tropical Africa.

According to the US National Academy, this legume has become a potential and one of the healthiest food source for the future because of its exceptional nutritional profile and drought-resistance.

This protein rich lentil has got its name because of the fact that it is used to feed the race horses to offer them enough energy and power for the race. The horse gram wasn’t much popular as Roasted grams in north India, but it is definitely ready to expand its reputation just because how it has been very effective in helping people overcome obesity.

Does Horse Gram Really Help in Weight Reduction?

Yes, it does and does it very effectively. Horse gram is considered to be an extremely good food for losing weight. The studies have proved that the Kollu seeds can directly target the fatty tissues stored in the body and help you shed off the kilos you have gathered around your belly, hips, lower back, and thighs.

How does Kollu Help in Weight Loss?

Obesity has become a serious problem in the modern era. That’s why most people in the world are concerned about their weight and want to stay fit. Seeking the fitness, obese people are also striving too hard to get back in shape. To be honest, weight loss is not an instant process. It takes time and a lot of patience. However, eating Horse Gram or Kuthi on the regular basis can make this process a lot simpler and easy for you because it takes care of most of the nutrition you need while losing weight. And of course, following a physical regime along with eating horse gram will definitely work as a wonder for you.

Let’s check out how Ulavalu helps you in leaning down:

Low in Calories

Horse gram, which is hot in potency and has a pungent taste, is quite low in calories. This means that you can eat these lentils in as much amount as you want without getting fat. It helps in reducing the bad cholesterol from the body and assists in the production of good cholesterol.

Easy to Digest

Horse grams are very light to digest. They also help in increasing blood content in body and preventing the stomach maladies, which makes it a great food for burning fat. It does not only prevent the storage of fat under the skin but also helps you burn down the existing fat in your fat cells.

It keeps you full for a long time

As far as weight loss is concerned, eating high-satiety foods like horse gram can be tremendously helpful. Horse gram contains protein and fibre in a high amount that leads to the high-satiety of the food. That means they keep you full and less hungry when you are dieting to get in shape.

It used the saturated fats effectively

Horse gram compels your body to consume the saturated fat to create the energy and keeping your active throughout the day. This process is considered to be very effective in melting of fats inside the body. It can also be a great home remedy for the people with diabetes and asthma.

Horse Gram will not help you alone; prepare a good diet with weight loss healthy foods like bottle gourd, almonds, green tea, Carom seeds water, vegetable salad, soups etc, which help you to increase metabolism, good digestion and fat burning.

Horse Gram Recipes For Slimming

1. Kollu Soup

kollu soup


  1. 100 grams horse gram
  2. Curry leaves (4-5)
  3. Green chili (1)
  4. Cumin seeds (1/2 ablespoon)
  5. Dry red chili (1)
  6. Tamarind juice (1 table spoon)
  7. Mustard seeds and oil.


How to make?

Follow the steps below to make the horse gram soup for weight loss:

  1. Wash the horse gram seeds and soak them in clean water for 7 to 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Use the pressure cooker to cook the seeds completely.
  3. After cooking the seeds for 30 minutes, rinse off all the water and keep the seeds on the side to let them cool. Later, grind them to make a paste.
  4. Heat oil in a pan, add other red dry chili, mustard seeds, curry leaves, and cumin seeds.
  5. Add a little tamarind water in the pan and blend it well with all other ingredients. When the tamarind water starts boiling, add more water, green chili, and salt to it.
  6. Boil all the ingredients together for 15 minutes.
  7. Now add the horse gram paste in the pan. Mix it well and add a little more tamarind juice for tangy taste.
  8. You will know soup has been cooked when it reaches its foaming stage.


You can consume this soup daily in lunch or dinner for burning fat fast.

2. Horse Gram Powder

horse gram powderIngredients

  • Horse gram seeds (1 cup)
  • Red chilies (8 – 10)Black pepper seeds (1 table spoon)Cumin seeds (1 table spoon)Urad dal (4 table spoon)
  • Tur dal (4 table spoon)
  • Salt as per taste

How to make?

Roast the horse gram seeds until they are completely dry and rawness goes off. Now take urad dal and tur dal and dry-roast them until they change their color.

Now its turn to dry roast all the remaining ingredients including black pepper seeds, cumin seeds, and red chillies. Keep all the ingredients aside at room temperature to cool down. Once they are cool, grind them all in a mixer together by adding salt to taste.

Do not make the fine powder, it’s better to keep it a little coarse. You can consume this powder with the hot rice and its regular consumption will definitely help you reduce a good amount weight.

3. Horse Gram Water/Juice

Horse Gram JuiceRoast the horse gram seeds to take away their moisture until they are completely dry. Add a little salt and grind the seeds to make a fine powder. Store this powder in air tight container.

To make horse gram water, mix two teaspoons of powder in one class of water. Drink this water twice a day on empty stomach for the best results.

This powder can also be used to make horse gram juice as follows:

  1. Make horse gram juice by adding butter milk in place of water.
  2. Use lemon and along with water or butter milk to make the horse gram juice.

4. Boiled horse gram

Soak horse gram overnight in water. Rinse them off and keep them on the stove in water to boil for 30 minutes. Add a pinch of salt and cumin seeds powder for taste. They will be ready for consumption after 30 minutes.

5. Sprouted Horse Gram

Soak horse gram overnight in water. Rinse them off in the morning and dry them with the help of towel or cotton cloth. Tie them up in the cloth and keep them in a warm place. Sprouted kollu will be ready in 1-2 days.

All these recipes of horse gram are very healthy. The regular consumption of these recipes can actively help in weight control and cholesterol control too.

Nutritional Facts and Value of Horse Gram

For every 100 Grams of Horse Gram

Sr No Nutrients Amounts
1 Energy 321  Ecals
2 Moisture 12 gm
3 Protein 22 gm
4 Fat 0 gm
5 Mineral 3 gm
6 Fiber 5 gm
7 Carbohydrates 57 gm
8 Calcium 287 mg
9 Phosphorous 311 mg
10 Iron 7 mg

Other Health Benefits

Helps in Improving Digestion

Horse Gram has been proved to be very effective in the treatment of digesting issues and reduction of flatulence. It is also considered to be effective food in eradicating the intestinal parasites from the body.

Helps in Controlling Diabetes

According to the recent studies, horse gram possesses certain properties that are beneficial for people with diabetes. These studied reveal that easting Kuthi regularly is very effective in keeping the blood sugar levels under control.

Ease off Menstrual Problems

If you suffer from irregular periods and heavy bleeding, then Kollu can be very beneficial for you. This pulse is iron-rich and help your body produce more haemoglobin while you are losing a lot of it through your menstrual bleeding. It also helps with minimizing the cramps during the periods.

Helps in Relieving Common Cold and fever

Drinking kollu soup during while having the cold and fever can help you relieve congestion and open up the air pipe to help you breathe easily. This hot-potency food also increases your immunity against cold and fever.

It Relieves Constipation

If your bowel movements are troubling you, horse gram can help you ease them off. It comes loaded with the fiber that is helpful in relieving constipation.

Helps in Treating Kidney stones

This pulse is very effective for the small kidney stones. It has been scientifically proved that the regular consumption of ulavalu can expel the kidney stones out of the body because it inhibits the formation of calcium oxalate stones in kidneys.

Treats Low sperm Count

Horse gram is rich in the nutrients like calcium, phosphorous, iron, and amino acids which are extremely useful in promoting sperm production. So, men having the problem of low sperm count must try this pulse to increase their sperm count and fertility.

Bad Effects of Eating Horse Gram

Though horse gram always brings great nutrition value and health benefits to a healthy person yet there is an exception. It is not considered good for the people suffering from hyperacidity and gastric ulcers as it can worsen their situation.

Apart from that, it is not good for the bleeding disorders. Therefore, people who suffer nasal bleeding and have heavy period must avoid it.

Horse gram is also not recommended for the men who are undergoing infertility treatment.

If you are taking medicine for anemia, consuming Kollu can contradict the effect.

Who else should not take it?

Taking horse gram is also not good for:

  1. Pregnant Women
  2. Those who are recovering from tuberculosis
  3. Those who are willing to gain weight

NOTE - Friends, I am not dietitian or Doctor, I write information here on the basis of my own 25 kilo weight loss experience and sometimes from online research. Please take doctor advice before applying any tip, as each and every human body is different.

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