Horse gram sidedish (Kulitha koddel)

There was one time, when I absolutely hated horse gram. Aayi even stopped cooking with it after the tantrums I would throw when she made anything with this. Somehow it has changed in last couple of years. One of my friends recently asked me for this traditional Konkani recipe.

Koddel is a kind of watery side dish with coconut. I recently prepared it with horse gram and drumsticks. This combo along with the garlic seasoning creates absolutely yummy dish.

1/2 cup horse gram
1/2 cup fresh/frozen coconut
1/2 cup vegetables – any one of drumsticks, sooran, raw banana, kooka(chinese potatos)
4-5 red chilies
1/4 tea spn tamarind extract or 2 pieces of tamarind
1 tea spn chopped garlic

Cook horse gram with enough water in cooker till it is completely cooked (I soaked it for about 8hrs and then cooked, even though some people say, unsoaked version tastes better).
Cook the vegetable.
Dry roast the red chilies till they are crispy. Grind them with coconut, tamarind to a smooth paste.
Add the paste, salt and vegetable to cooked horse gram and cook until the gravy thickens. (Even though this is a side dish, it is bit watery like most of the Konkani side dishes with coconut).
Heat a little oil and fry garlic. Add this to the koddel and mix well.
Serve hot as a side dish with rice.

Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 40 mins (horse gram takes a long time to cook. All other steps are pretty fast).

Note : Even though it is not traditional way of making koddel, those who don’t eat garlic, substitute it with teppal(sichuan pepper). If this ingredient is chosen, slightly crush it in 1tbl spn of water and add to the paste while it is boiling.

12 thoughts on “Horse gram sidedish (Kulitha koddel)”

  1. Hi,
    what’s happening? Changed to WordPress Now?

    Shilpa: we were trying to solve some issues of site getting down frequently by moving it to our old host. Thats the reason site was down for sometime. I am on wordpress for more than a year now.

  2. I visit this website almost everyday. This has been my recipe reference always since a year now. I can’t thank you enough.

    With gratitude,

  3. Hi Shilpa
    I love horse gram and I tried this curry today.Its delicious.I added one potato instead of veggies.Also somehow the colour is not like the one in picture.It’s almost dark brown.Thanks for the recipe..

  4. Hi Shilpa,

    How does your koddel look yellow in color..?Did U add haldi? Becos mine’s always brown. U can add either Gabbo (tender banana-stem) or mugge or Koook or baby potatoes, instead of vegetables…
    Also U can use sprouted kulith ( in plain , surbuus masol)and give vagaar of onions to make Kultha-Ambatt.

    Shilpa: Nita, I didn’t add haldi. Its because of chilies that I have used. I don’t get very dark chilies here, the ones I used don’t give that beautiful color. I did mention kooka as one of the vegetables. Never used magge or gabbo though. Will try next time.

  5. So far, I know only rasam with horse gram. Thanks for this recipe, Shilpa. I didn’t know teppal was schezuan pepper. I am half way thru your new posts. Still have more to catch up 🙂

  6. Where can you buy horse gram in the US? I haven’t seen it in any of the Indian Stores.

    Shilpa: I got it in Indian store.

  7. Hi,
    Horsegram can’t be this color. When i make horsegram curries at home, i always get a deep red-maroon color. Wonder what gram you have used in the above picture.

    I have tried different recipies – this is the best I have found –

    Shilpa: I used horsegram itself and I am sure about it. If the gram is very new, it does not give the color sometimes. As it gets older, it gives dark red color. Why don’t you give this dish a try?

  8. We live in Connecticut. We couldn’t find horse in any Indian store. We even tried Indian Stores in New Jersey. Any idea about buying it online?

    Shilpa: Sorry, I don’t know.

  9. Gp capt KP Vijay Kumar(Retd)

    1.Indeed a boon to those who would like to cook traditional dishes-could you be kind enough to tell me about TULU NADU dishes-specially-‘KORI GASI’
    2.Kind regards

    Gp Capt KP Vijay Kumar

    Shilpa: I don’t have this recipe as of now. But will keep an eye for it.

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