Kollu Rasam Recipe aka horse gram soup aka ulava chaaru recipe
Kollu Rasam Recipe

Kollu Rasam Recipe (Ulava Chaaru or Horse Gram Soup Recipe) without Rasam powder

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Kollu Rasam is a very healthy and tasty way to add more nutrition to your food. Also called Ulava Chaaru, it is very famous in Andhra Pradesh especially around Guntur region.

Horse gram

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Kollu is Horse Gram aka Ulavalu aka Kulthi. It was slow-cooked and fed to horses by farmers. The water left-over from the cooking was consumed as a soup as it has good  nutrition in it.

This Rasam recipe can be used for your daily meal with rice or even consumed as steamy soup. Kollu rasam is also made similar to simple Rasam but with the addition of kollu boiled water and a tablespoon of kollu.

Horse gram with its weight-loss properties apart from even more amazing health benefits makes for a very useful produce in my kitchen.

Winter is coming in my hometown and this horse gram soup has become a daily enjoyment at home and around 🙂

Kollu Rasam Recipe/Ulava Charu Recipe/Horse Gram Soup Recipe


  1. Kollu – 1 tbsp (horse gram / boiled kollu taken when you make Kollu Podi recipe if possible)
  2. Water – 4 cups (use the dark brown colored water left in the cooker after you cook horse gram for Kollu Podi recipe if possible)
  3. Tamarind paste – 1 tbsp
  4. Tomato – 1 small
  5. Curry leaves – a handful
  6. Black Pepper – 2 tsp
  7. Cumin seeds – 1 tsp (Jeera)
  8. Fenugreek seeds – 1tsp (methulu/vendhayam/methi)
  9. Red Chili – 1
  10. Garlic – 3 cloves
  11. Coriander leaves – handful  (kothimeera aakulu/kothamalli tala)
  12. Asafoetida – a pinch (hing/inguva/perunkayam)
  13. Mustard seeds – 1 tsp (aavaalu/kadugu)
  14. Cumin seeds – 1 tsp (Jeera)
  15. Oil – 2 tsp
  16. Salt – as needed


  • Wash the coriander leaves, tomato and chop them.
  • Chop the garlic into small pieces.
  • Cook horse gram in water and strain the water out into a clean vessel.
  • Dry roast pepper, 1 tsp cumin, fenugreek seeds for half a minute and let it cool.
  • Grind roasted pepper, cumin, fenugreek seeds with the boiled horse gram.
  • Turn on the stove and place a thick bottomed vessel on it.
  • On a medium to low flame, pour the oil in this vessel, let it heat and then add mustard seeds.
  • After mustard seeds crackle, add cumin seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves and red chili.
  • Now fry the garlic and tomato also till tomato becomes mushy.
  • Add the horse gram you grinded and tamarind paste to this vessel along with the water you strained into another vessel.
  • Stir the contents and let it come to a boil. Add necessary salt.
  • Simmer for two minutes, add the chopped coriander leaves, stir and turn off the stove.
  • Now Kollu Rasam/Ulava Charu/Horse Gram Soup is ready.

Also read: How to make Kollu Podi / Ulava Podi / Horse Gram Masala


  • You can soak fist sized tamarind in some warm water to extract tamarind paste if you do not have the tamarind paste.
  • Plain Rasam Recipe: If you just use plain water and no horse gram and follow the same recipe, you can make plain Rasam.

Also read: How to make Plain Rasam without Rasam Powder

  • You can directly use pepper powder and cumin powder instead of roasting and grinding them to save time.
  • My favorite ready-made tamarind paste is Tamarind Paste from Spice Perfection.

  • Enjoy this rasam/charu/soup with hot rice or you can even drink it directly from a glass.
  • This horse gram soup and even plain rasam is very good for sore throat and cold.
  • Make Kollu podi and use that water and kollu to make this rasam/soup.
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About Priyadarshini Rajendran 188 Articles
Priyadarshini Rajendran is a travel enthusiast, avid reader and a passionate writer. She has a few of her books published and is writing more books. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a software consultant taking breaks for her travels. Her blog is her passion and she writes about travel, books and food on the blog. She offers customized itineraries for South Indian destinations.

6 Comments Posted

  1. Sounds like an interesting recipe. I must admit though, I have never tried many of the ingredients in this recipe, but I have tried tamarind. My mom uses it a lot in her cooking!

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