Horse gram is a reddish brown legume that comes packed with a number of health benefits. It has rich amounts of proteins, vitamins and iron. It is also used to feed racehorses to provide them with energy and power.

When you are a diabetic, you have to always be on the lookout for foods that will be sustainable as a regular diet item (taste-wise and affordability-wise) and at the same time help you keep your sugar levels regulated. My mother introduced horse gram to me around a month ago and it has made all the difference to the way I feel – blood sugars and otherwise. Further, to make me consume it without a fuss she mixed it with brown rice and pressure cooked it. So for me it was just an addition to something I was already very happy consuming as my most staple diet. I would like to describe this concoction as “adding power to brilliance” – the power of horse gram to the brilliance of brown rice. (Check out my article ‘the brilliance of brown rice” under Food & Nutrition).

Below are the health benefits of horse gram related to diabetes:

  • Horse gram has the ability to reduce cholesterol and obesity due to the high of amount of dietary fibre that it has.
  • It helps reduce blood sugar and insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes.
  • Raw horse gram seed has the ability to reduce postprandial hyperglycemia (high blood sugar levels after food) by slowing down carbohydrate digestion and reducing insulin resistance.

Apart from the above diabetes-specific advantages, horse gram has the following additional benefits:

  • It has antioxidant properties.
  • It reduces flatulence and indigestion. It also helps eradicate intestinal parasites.
  • The high amount of iron makes horse gram useful in cases of iron deficiency and has been used in treating irregular periods and excessive bleeding.
  • Horse gram also has diuretic properties

There are 100s of recipes and ways of cooking horse gram available all around us. And if you are still wondering what horse gram is called in various Indian languages, here you go:

Hindi – Kulthi
Tamil – Kollu
Bengali – Kulthikalai
Teugu – Ulavalu
Kannada – Hurali
Odiya – Kolatha
Gujarati – Kadthi Dal
Marathi – Kulith
Malayalam – Muthira… to name a few.