Video recipe for gluten free Kerala-style Muthira or horse gram curry

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4


For pressure cooking:

200 gms horse gram

3 ½ l water

For masala paste:

5-6 shallots

1-2 green chillies

½ tsp of cumin seeds

½ tsp of coriander powder

1 tsp of red chilli powder

½ tsp of black pepper powder

2 cloves of garlic

2 tsp grated coconut

2 tsp of water

Salt to taste

For tamarind pulp:

1 small lemon-sized ball of tamarind

50 ml of water

For tempering:

1 ½ tsp of coconut oil

½ tsp of mustard Seed

2-3 cloves of shallots

2 dried red chillies

1 sprig of curry leaves


Step: 1

Wash and drain the horse gram.

Step: 2

Dry roast the horse gram till the it turns slightly golden brown. Allow it to cool down.

Step: 3

Cook the horse gram well with 3 ½ cups of water in a pressure cooker for about 4 to 5 whistles. Then allow the pressure to release. The cooked horse gram must be soft when pressed yet retain its shape.

Step: 4

Soak the tamarind in 50 ml of water and keep it aside.

Step: 5

Drain the cooked horse gram using a strainer. Save the broth for making the curry.

Step: 6

Take two tablespoons of cooked horse gram and grind in the blender with little water add it into the broth and mix nicely to get the added taste.

Step: 7

Add the tamarind juice.

Step: 8

Grind together the ingredients listed under masala paste along with a bit of water to make a fine paste and then add it to the horse gram broth.

Step: 9

Heat the mixture (do not allow it to boil) and stir continuously while heating.

Step: 10

Finally, heat 1 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil in a small pan, splutter the mustard seeds, add chopped shallots and sauté till shallots turn golden brown, add dried red chillies, and then add a sprig of curry leaves. Sauté for a few seconds over a low flame. Pour the tempered spices over the curry.

Muthira curry is ready to be served hot with steamed rice.

Recipe courtesy: Sobha Varghese is a homemaker based in Mumbai, India. Sobha runs a popular YouTube blog called ‘Sobha's Kitchenette’ that focuses on authentic and traditional Kerala recipes.

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