December 23, 2012

A Healthy lentil recipe

Muthira Thoran(Horse gram Stir fry with coconut) 

Muthira (Horse gram) one of the lesser known yet healthy and tasty legume. I have seen this from my childhood . We can prepare many dishes out of these. Muthira curry, Thoran, Rasam etc.

Muthira thoran goes well with Rice, Rice gruel, etc.


  1. Muthira - 200gms
  2. Grated coconut - 1 cup
  3. Turmeric -1/2 teaspoon
  4. Red chilly powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  5. Garlic - 4-5 pieces(If you dont use garlic use perl onion instead)
  6. Jeerakam( Cumin seeds) - 1/2 teaspoon
  7. Oil - 1 -3 teaspoon
  8. Red chilly(Dried)- 2 or 3
  9. Mustard seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
  10. Curry leef - 1 stem
  11. Salt - for taste

Soak Muthira for 4-5 hours. Cook in Pressure cooker for 10 minutes with sufficient amount of water.
Once the horsce gram become soft to bite, drain out excess water and keep the Muthira aside. Meanwhile Grind ingredients 1  to 6 together for 3-5 seconds  without adding water using a food processor. Take a pan  and pour the oil for tempering. When the oil gets heated add mustard seds into it, when it splutters, add dried red chilly into it and fry it for 2 seconds and add curry leaves. Add boiled Muthira and salt into it and mix it well. Then add Coconut mixture into it and cover it for a minute. Then Mix everything together and stir fru for a while till  water get absorbed if it is moist. If you like add a teaspoon of coconut oil to get a nice aroma. Then remove from fire. Serve hot as a side dish with boiled rice or Kanji(Rice gruel).

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