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Cooking With Horse Gram:Two Delicious Horse Gram Recipes From Karnataka

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There’s one thing that you will almost always find in my kitchen – Huruli Happala or horse gram pappad. This micro-wave friendly (I usually brush a little ghee on this pappad and then microwave it, instead of deep-frying it in oil) pappad is a great accompaniment for rice and rasam and also makes a great snack. This and horse gram powder are usually on my shopping list when I’m at one of Malleshwaram’s old school ‘condiment stores’ in Bengaluru. Horse gram (Huruli in Kannada) is an integral part of most diets in Karnataka and it’s provided nutrition and wellness for generations. 

Horse gram is known to be native to Southern Asia and has been found in archaeological sites in India. It has been fodder for generations for horses (hence the name) especially on race day but has multiple nutritional benefits. It’s no exaggeration to call this a superfood. It’s a rich source of polyphenols, flavonoids and potent antioxidants. It’s also packed with protein – it’s one of the most protein-rich lentils, calcium, phosphorus, iron and vitamins like thiamine, riboflavin and niacin. 

Huruli saaru used to be one of my mom’s ‘go to’ rasams and almost every time she made this rasam, she would talk me through the health benefits. I did fall for the sales pitch but more than that it was the flavours that I enjoyed. A few months ago, I was at my friend Parineeta’s place in Bengaluru where we all tried a delicious Huruli basaaru (see recipe), a delicacy from the old Mysore region in Karnataka. 

Bassaru comes from basida (drained) and saaru (rasam); this double-layered dish is both aside and gravy. This dish features whole horse gram (that is served as part of the palya or side) and ground horse gram in the rasam. You can serve this with rice. Horse gram needs to be soaked well in advance. For instance, in this bassaru recipe it’s soaked for 48 hours. This recipe is Parineeta’s Ajji’s (Grandmother) recipe. One of her tips is to dry roast the horse gram and then pressure cook it (you have to wait for eight whistles) in case you forget to soak it. 

Horse Gram Basaaru

Recipe courtesy – Saraswati Gururaj

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Horse Gram Basaaru

Ingredients 

  • Horse gram – 250 gm 
  • Jaggery – lemon size 
  • Tamarind juice – 1 tbsp 
  • For powder 
  • Coriander seeds – 2tbsp 
  • Jeera 1tbsp 
  • Fenugreek – 10 grains 
  • Byadgi Chillies – 10 pieces 
  • Dry copra
  • Method 

For the rasam powder:

Dry fry all ingredients till they turn brown and grind them to a fine powder 

For the Basaaru (Rasam):

  1. Soak the horse gram for 48 hours and strain them.
  2. Pressure cook (6-8 whistles).
  3. Sieve the boiled Huruli (Horse gram) and save the boiled water.
  4. Add tamarind water, jaggery, salt and rasam powder to the above water and bring it to boil. 

For the palya: 

  1. Add some oil and asafoetida in a pan and bring to boil. 
  2. Add red chilli and the boiled horse gram and toss for some time. 
  3. Then add salt to taste and fresh coconut. In the end add a little bit of lemon juice before you take it off the stove. 
  4. Serve the Palya & Rasam together with hot rice and ghee. 

Horse gram chutney / Huruli Chutney recipe

This chutney works as an accompaniment for dosa or idli but it tastes best with hot rice and a small dollop of ghee.   

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Horse Gram Chutney

Ingredients:

  • Horse gram: 1 cup
  • Coconut (grated): 3/4 to 1 cup
  • Dried chilli (preferably dagi chilli): 2
  • Urad dal: 1.5  tsp 
  • Tamarind: 1-inch piece 
  • Curry leaves: a few sprigs
  • Salt: to taste
  • Coconut oil: 1.5 tsp
  • Mustard seeds: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida: a pinch
  • Garlic – 2 pods (Optional)
  • Shallots: 10-12 (optional)

Method:

  1. Add very little oil to a pan and fry 2 chillies and urad dal. Add the horse gram after a little while once the dal is fried. 
  2. Add the horse gram and fry till it’s done
  3. Let it cool and blend in a mixer with the coconut, tamarind, salt and very little water till it reaches a coarse texture.
  4. You could add garlic and the shallots to the blender but this chutney tastes equally good without the garlic and shallots. 
  5. Now temper the mixture with mustard seeds, curry leaves and the asafoetida and a small quantity of the urad dal. 

About Ashwin RajagopalanI am the proverbial slashie – a content architect, writer, speaker and cultural intelligence coach. School lunch boxes are usually the beginning of our culinary discoveries.That curiosity hasn’t waned. It’s only got stronger as I’ve explored culinary cultures, street food and fine dining restaurants across the world. I’ve discovered cultures and destinations through culinary motifs. I am equally passionate about writing on consumer tech and travel.

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History, Significance and Celebrations of Eid after Ramadan

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Eid Prayer at Kaaba. (File pic/Shutterstock)

Eid Prayer at Kaaba. (File pic/Shutterstock)

Muslims across the world observe Eid ul Fitr by exercising prayers that are succeeded by a sermon shortly after sunrise

Eid ul Fitr is commemorated on the opening day of the Shawwal month and Muslims across the world pay their honour to Allah for offering them health and resistance through the month-long fasting time called Ramzan or Ramadan.

The occasion signifies the end of Ramadan, the Islamic sacred month of fasting and is observed by Muslims all across the world. Eid al-Fitr means the “Festival of breaking fast.” The date of Eid ul Fitr is decided after the sighting of the crescent moon. In India, Eid ul Fitr will be celebrated on Friday, May 14. On Eid ul Fitr, people wear new clothes, preparing delicacies and doing charity. They also visit their family and friends for festivities.

History

It is generally accepted that Prophet Muhammad received the first vision of the Holy Quran during the holy month of Ramzan. Eid al-Fitr signified the end of fasting from dawn to dusk throughout Ramadan and the opening of the Shawwal month. Eid ul Fitr is also observed to pay tribute to Allah for bestowing strength and courage during the month-long fasting customs.

Celebrations

It is a common belief that good actions are repaid 10 times in Islam and therefore the 30-day fasting season of Ramadan furnishes prosperity, harmony and peace to all individuals who endorse and dedicate themselves to the sacred cause.

Muslims across the world observe Eid ul Fitr by exercising prayers that are succeeded by a sermon shortly after sunrise. The day proceeds with devotees slipping in new clothes, offering greetings by saying “Eid Mubarak”, and also by sharing sweets. Children are given gifts and cash from elders which is termed as Eidi.

The celebration is unfinished without a comprehensive food menu including a host of delicacies like Haleem, Kebabs, Biryani, Nihari and mouth-watering desserts like Seviyan.

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Eid Mubarak Wishes, Images, Quotes, Status, Messages, Photos and Greetings

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Eid ul Fitr, an auspicious festival of Muslims, is celebrated with much fanfare globally. The date of Eid ul Fitr is decided after the sighting of the crescent moon. In India, Eid ul Fitr will be celebrated on Friday, May 14. On Eid ul Fitr, people wear new clothes, preparing delicacies and doing charity. They also visit their family and friends for festivities.

However, like last year, this year’s too Eid ul Fitr celebrations will be different as large gatherings are prohibited in view of the coronavirus pandemic. People are advised to say at home to protect themselves from COVID-19 and contain the spread of coronavirus.

Various Islamic leaders and governments across the world have asked people to offer prayers at home instead of gathering in large numbers at mosques. With coronavirus lockdown and social distancing norms in place, people can wish their near and dear ones through video calls, on social media or text messages.

Here are some of the messages which you can send to your family and friends on the occasion of Eid 2021.

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1. There’s no greater blessing than that of Allah. There’s no greater happiness than that of attaining pure Bliss. Eid Mubarak to you and your family! Eid ul Fitr 2021

2. Eid is a day to cheer and to laugh with all your heart. It’s a day to be grateful to Allah for all of his heavenly blessings on us. Wishing you a Happy Eid 2021

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3. Eid Mubarak! Seize the moment and be happy. Because very little is needed to make a happy life, it’s all within yourself and your way of thinking. Happy Eid 2021

4. Before we ask for happiness and prosperity, we should ask for mercy. May Allah shower his mercy on us. Eid Mubarak!

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5. Accept the blessings of Allah with all your heart and forget the sorrows that burden your soul. Enjoy the moments you share with your family. Happy Eid!

6. Let this Eid be the occasion of sharing the love and caring for the people who need to be loved and cared. Eid Mubarak to all!

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7. May this Eid bring joy and love to your heart and create all the opportunities of success for you! Eid Mubarak.

8. You can bring a smile on face even when I am feeling sad. A friend like is a treasure to keep forever. May Allah shower his blessings on you. Eid Mubarak dear!

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9. May this Eid brings you joys unlimited, may all your wishes come true on this holy day, may Allah approve your kind deeds, forgive your disobedience and sins, and ease the suffering of all individuals around the globe. Eid Mubarak blessed by the grace of Allah. Eid Mubarak!

10. Eid is a day of sharing what we have and caring for others. May you have a wonderful Eid this year!

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Shahi Imam Declares Eid Celebrations in India on Friday

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Shahi Imam Ahmed Bukhari announces Eid al-Fitr to be celebrated on Friday, May 14 as Moon was not sighted on Wednesday. Earlier, the Saudi Arabia’s moon sighting committee on Tuesday night announced that the crescent or Shawwal moon had not been sighted. Therefore, Wednesday, May 12, will be the last day of the holy month of Ramadan, and the first day of Eid-al-Fitr will be celebrated on Thursday, May 13.

The festival depends on the lunar calendar and is celebrated across the world on the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Islamic calendar Hijri. In India, the holy festival is marked on the second day of moon sighting in Saudi Arabia. Hence, Eid-ul-Fitr in India will be celebrated on Friday, May 14.

Eid al-Fitr Date:

In India, the month of Ramadan began on April 14. According to Islamic traditions, the tenth month begins with the sighting of the crescent moon in the sky. The sighting of the moon on the last day of Ramadan confirms the arrival of Eid al-Fitr for the next day. In India Eid-ul-Fitr will be observed on Friday, May 14.

The Shawwal moon is first sighted in Saudi Arabia, home to the holiest site of the religion, Mecca. After Saudi Arabia sights the moon, it confirms the date for Eid in other countries.

Festival of charity and gratitude

With the coronavirus pandemic ravaging through the country and other parts of the world, it is expected that Eid celebrations will be low-key. Eid al-Fitr is also known as a festival of charity and gratitude that brings deep spiritual awakening for its followers.

One of the five pillars of Islam is zakat that means charity and on this day followers believe in giving money, food, clothes and other items of necessity to the poor. In fact, many Muslims give Zakat before offering Eid prayers. Children also receive eidi from elders, which can be in the form of money or a gift.

The day signifies the value of togetherness, harmony and celebration of life. After a month of fasting, Eid al-Fitr also brings some hearty feast for its followers. The main dish of this festival is a sweet kheer or seviyan. Other food items include Biryani, kebabs, and nihari.

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