Ulava Charu - A Winter Warmer and Weight-Loss Recipe | How to make Ulava Charu - A Winter Warmer and Weight-Loss Recipe

By Aruna P  |  18th Nov 2015  |  
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Ulava Charu - A Winter Warmer and Weight-Loss Recipeby Aruna P
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About Ulava Charu - A Winter Warmer and Weight-Loss Recipe Recipe

Ulava Charu or Horse gram soup as I have heard it being described is a winter speciality from Andhra Pradesh. It is made only in winter as Ulava or Horse Gram generates a lot of heat in the body. This same property also makes Ulava a great weight-loss ingredient. All you need to savour Ulava Charu is some steamed rice and a dollop of white butter.

Ulava Charu - A Winter Warmer and Weight-Loss Recipe

Ingredients to make Ulava Charu - A Winter Warmer and Weight-Loss Recipe

  • Ulava Kollu Kulith or Horse Gram - 1 Cup
  • shallots or Madras Onions – 10
  • Thick tamarind Paste – 1 tsp
  • green chillies – 2
  • red chilli Powder – 3/4 tsp
  • turmeric – 1/4 tsp
  • Rai or mustard seeds – 3/4 tsp
  • jeera or Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • garlic Cloves – 2 Large (optional)
  • curry leaves – 4 or 5
  • oil – 1 tbsp
  • asafoetida or Hing – A Pinch
  • salt to Taste

How to make Ulava Charu - A Winter Warmer and Weight-Loss Recipe

  1. Wash the ulavalu or horse gram well.
  2. Soak in 3 cups water for 8 hours.
  3. Drain the water.
  4. Add 3 cups water and pressure cook the ulavalu for 4 or 5 whistles.
  5. Drain and save the water in which the ulavalu were cooked.
  6. Take about 1 cup of the boiled ulavalu and set aside the rest to make Kollu Poriyal.
  7. Dissolve the tamarind pulp in the water in which the lentils were cooked.
  8. Grind the 1 cup ulavalu to a fine paste.
  9. In a heavy-bottomed vessel, heat the oil.
  10. Add mustard seeds and wait till they splutter.
  11. Add cumin seeds and slit green chillies.
  12. Stir-fry for a few seconds till the cumin starts to change colour.
  13. Add the shallots, crushed garlic and curry leaves. Stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes.
  14. Add the saved water with tamarind mix.
  15. Add chilli powder, turmeric and hing. Mix well.
  16. Let the mix boil and reduce by a third.
  17. Add the ulava or kollu paste and ¼ cup water. Mix well.
  18. Boil till the Ulava Charu thickens.
  19. Serve hot with steamed rice and white butter or ghee.

Reviews for Ulava Charu - A Winter Warmer and Weight-Loss Recipe (2)

Sanj Soni3 years ago

All the best...looks scrumptious!????????????????
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Hema Gopalan3 years ago

I am going to make this recipe Aruna, thanks for the post. Looking forward to more traditional and perhaps forgotten recipes.
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