Kollu thuvaiyal ~ Kollu Chammandhi

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Kollu thuvaiyal or kollu chutney or kollu chammandhi is one of the bestest known medicine to cure those runny nose. Kollu rasam and thuvaiyal is very popular home remedies followed since ages for cold. Horsegram which is known as kollu in tamil is very healthy and beneficial with lots of medicinal properties.

I still remember my neighbour kannamma akka..tats how my mom call her. I was in my school days. Whenever am stuck with cold, she use to prepare kollu rasam and thuvayal for me. Am a huge huge fan of it. ? i have not decoded the exact taste of it yet.

Kollu thuvaiyal

There are many interesting tales running around this horsegram. One interesting thing i got to know from my friend is that we should never cook horsegram for our guests. I asked her, why? ?She explained that the relationship with them would end up in a fight if we serve horsegram to them. ? Interesting?? Am thinking now, to which of my guests il try this on. ?

Kollu thuvaiyal recipe:

Soak the horsegram for an hour minimum before cooking. I use to soak them overnight as it is said to be hard for digestion and need to be cooked for long to get it mushy. So, soak them atleast an hour before you cook. But that also depends on quality of horsegram used.

Pressure cook horsegram, garlic, cumin seeds, peppercorns, red chilli, curry leaves, tomatoes and turmeric powder to 5-6 with enough water until horsegram is cooked. 

Mash and strain the excess water. You can use this stock for making rasam.

Grind this along with shallots, salt and  grated coconut coarsely. Do not grind them to a paste. All thuvaiyal/ chammandhis are supposed be little coarse so that the raw taste of those ingredients gets along when mixed with rice.

Kollu thuvaiyal recipe:

Kollu thuvaiyal

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Servings: 4 People


To pressure cook

  • 1/2 Cuup Horsegram Soaked for an hour
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Large Tomato
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Peppercorns
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 Spring Curry leaves
  • 1 Dry Red chilli

Other ingredients

  • 1/2 Tsp Coconut grated
  • 2-3 No Shallots


  • Pressure cook all the ingrients listed under to pressure cook section. Cook until 5-6 whistles. 
  • Grind to a coarse paste along with grated coconut and shallots. 
  • Serve with rice and ghee. 


Soak the horsegram for an hour or more before cooking. 
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