There is a saying in Tamil that goes like this “Horse gram for the fat person” (கொழுத்தவனுக்கு கொள்ளு) . This porridge made with horse gram, barley and red rice helps us lose weight and can be had as a full meal as it is very filling. It can also be had as a healthy, low calorie snack.
This porridge is easy to make and is tasty as well. You can add a little sugar or the healthier palm sugar/ raw sugar if you would like to sweeten it a bit.
1 teaspoon pepper. You can increase the amount if you can handle the spicy taste. Pepper helps to detoxify body, boost immunity and metabolize food.
Equal amount of Barley, red rice and horse gram. You can use just the horse gram if you cannot find barley and red rice (healthier than white rice and popular in Kerala).
You can add a little bit of sesame seeds (/gingelly / எள்ளு ). Sesame seeds have rare nutrients but they will cause weight gain. So use it in moderation and add it to other healthy soups and porridge.
Method for making horse gram porridge
Making the porridge powder
Dry roast each item one by one in medium to low heat.
Barley takes a little longer to get roasted. Roasting all of them together will result in horse gram and rice getting burnt by the time barley gets roasted. When the grains are not chewy anymore and are crunchy, remove them from the stove. Spread them to cool down.
Powder them in a blender. You can stop when the powder is coarse if you want a porridge with coarse texture.
Make it into a fine powder if you want smoother texture.
Spread the powder and allow it to cool down. Store in air tight container (if possible in refrigerator to retain freshness). You can make just enough powder for each day or you can make in bulk. I prefer to make just enough for a week.
While grinding, you will get a nice nutty smell. Since we have already dry roasted the ingredients, cooking will not take a lot of time.
To make the porridge
Mix 2 to 4 spoons of the powder with enough water. The porridge will thicken so you will have to add at least one cup of water for each spoon.
Mix thoroughly and make sure there are no clumps. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the flame to low heat to allow the porridge to simmer and thicken for a few more minutes.
Some people like a thick porridge that can be eaten with a spoon while others prefer a watery consistency. You can also dilute the porridge with buttermilk.
Tasty and healthy horse gram porridge is ready.