Horsegram (Kulith / Kollu) Adai or Pancakes

An undervalued superfood – Horsegram or Kulith or Kollu that has umpteen health benefits, is gluten free, diabetic friendly & excellent for weight loss too. Try these delicious pancakes or adais & you will be a huge fan of Horsegram, just like us at home!

Horsegram (Kulith / Kollu) Adai or Pancakes

Horsegram (Kulith or Kollu) Adai or Pancakes

I was in two minds to post this recipe that I specially planned for kids all over (esp India) as they are presently enjoying summer vacations, thinking whether it would be accepted or not. Well, to be honest, horsegram is not a popular kid friendly snack but still went ahead and posted it as when you read its health benefits, you would be more than pleased to include this in your diet in some form or the other.

What deeply concerns me with regards to kids nutrition is that they don’t enjoy the food that we once enjoyed when we were little. The kids these days are sticking to diets loaded with cheese, deep fried stuff that have fewer veggies, sugar loaded that are no good for health. Most of them are junk food that has no nutritional value, they are frozen over a long period of time and hence lose all their nutrition. But unfortunately, this remains a hit amongst kids of todays generation.

We grew up eating home made nashta or snacks that were totally healthy, kept us full, gave us energy to play in the heat during summers. Today’s kids somehow lose interest in playing after a while, are low on energy and then turn back to either watching television or just lying lazily on the couch. Low immunity, lack of concentration etc are common issues that they face but somehow the food that they consume is often overlooked and not paid much attention to, which is the main reason for all this.

In my quest to losing weight and eating healthy since few years now. PS – I know the results don’t show that much but trust me, I am very active and have loads of energy than what I had 3 years ago. All thanks to regular exercise, mindful eating and in general being conscious of what I purchase at home – the basic ingredients. One such ingredient that I stumbled upon years ago was Horsegram. We South Indians have been eating them as part of rasams and kalatha podi or Kollu podi (kollu is Tamil for Horsegram and podi means powder) that goes with rice and ghee but I wanted to do something more interesting than the usual stuff that would not only attract the adults but the kids too. This Adai or mixed lentils and rice pancakes were a huge hit at home and my husband didn’t realise I added Horsegram in it. I told him after he was done eating and he was surprised that it didn’t taste boring or anything like Horsegram should actually do. Thanks to the lentils and the rice along with cumin that flavoured the batter and made it interesting. I make the batter once a week and it goes on for like 4-5 days so I end up making pancakes with onions, spicy pancakes, schezwan pancakes etc or appes with the batter by adding some semolina and a tadka or tempering of mustard seeds. So, we end up eating or rather cleansing for 5 days a week with this super food.

Since the recipe is for kids and they love cheese, I have used just 1 tblsp of grated cheddar cheese (that looks more like carrots) on top of the pancakes. A glass of milk, some ketchup for dipping the pancakes and foxnuts or makhana that are roasted in ghee for some extra munching completes the meal. Serve this as a breakfast or a 4 pm snack option just before they venture out for playing in the sun. 

Horsegram is perhaps one of the most underrated of all the legumes available in India. Though it is widely cultivated in India and consumed in many parts, the popularity of this legume is not as much as say, moong beans or chickpeas. Maybe because, appearance wise or taste wise (once its cooked), they certainly taste bland. But interesting options like the one we are discussing might just encourage people to start consuming horsegram more in their diet. For starters, if you know the health benefits of this superfood, I am sure, you would run to your nearest grocery store and buy a pack immediately.

Horsegram is power packed with B Complex Vitamins and proteins. If you are looking to lose weight like me, please try to include Horsegram in your diet either in the form of sprouts or a dal or delicious pancakes like the one I am sharing today. It aids weight loss. For young girls who have hit puberty or are already menstruating, regular consumption of horsegram enables purify the blood and prevent clots, helps in pain free periods too. Horsegram is known to increase iron content in body and thereby increase haemoglobin levels of the body, which is generally found low among women.

Needless to say, this is also a diabetic friendly legume. Regular consumption enables control blood glucose levels / insulin levels in body, provides energy. If you suffer from serious constipation, please ensure you take a bowl of horsegram soup and not laxatives to enable smooth bowel movement the next morning. It is advised to be consumed by patients suffering from piles too.

Regular consumption of Horsegram prevents kidney stones. When small stones are detected during sonography, doctors advise patients to consume Horsegram soup or powder mixed with water at regular intervals so that the stones dissolve naturally and flush out of the body via the urine. Men suffering from low sperm count are advised to have Horsegram as part of their diet. Great at increasing immunity levels in body and it is hence advised to have this especially during winters when likelihood of colds and flus are high. In summers, when the chances of contracting UTI’s are high, horsegram always comes to your rescue.

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Didn’t I tell you that this would be a powerhouse ingredient and that you would be tempted to buy a packet as soon as you finish reading this post. Well, why not? We all aim at providing the best for our kids, who by the way are the future and have every right to remain fit and energetic to handle the tough choices and decisions that they would make. Nutrition plays a very important role in all this and hence, no chances can be taken. Make smart choices, buy ingredients that were once upon a time consumed by you yourself when you were young and the best part is, sit with your child and eat with them so that he/she knows that the parents too are enjoying the meal and are not just forcing it down their throat. Switch off the TV and laptops and spend some time giggling and laughing and eating a whole lot of healthy ingredients that would go a long way in keeping the country’s future shining and ensuring environment sustainability too.

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Looking for accompaniment options to serve this? Try the Gunpowder or Molagapodi, Figs Thokku OR if you are looking for other healthy and interesting snack options for kids try Oats, Paneer and Corn Tikkis and Masala Paniyarams.

Disclaimer – I am no expert nor a nutritionist but have been on a quest to lose weight and in the due course, have found the use of certain foods or ingredients  that have benefited the process, in my case. Feel free to consult a doctor or an expert before including any new ingredient in your diet and knowing its health benefits. Thank you!

Recipe For Horsegram (Kulthi) Adai or Pancakes

Soaking Time  3 hours

Preparation Time – 10 mins (Grinding)

Makes approx. 20 adais big sized / pancakes


  • Kulith or Horsegram – 1.5 cups
  • Split Black Gram (Kali Urad Dal) – 1 cup
  • Rice – 1 cup
  • Chana Dal – ¼ cup
  • Tur Dal or Arhar Dal – ¼ cup
  • Hing – a generous pinch
  • Jeera or Cumin seeds – 1.5 tblsp coarsely ground
  • Salt as per taste
  • Water as required to grind the batter
  • Curry leaves few sprigs
  • Few tblsps of sesame oil or ghee to cook the dosas

Method –

  • Wash and soak the dals together for atleast 2 to 3 hours and then grind them into a smooth batter by adding water.
  • Add the coarse cumin, salt as required, asafoetida, curry leaves and mix the batter well.
  • Heat and grease a tava. Pour a ladle of dosa batter and spread it evenly. Drizzle with sesame oil or ghee (for kids especially).
  • Let it cook completely before flipping and turning on the other side.
  • Once cooked, serve hot with some cheddar cheese, tomato ketchup or gunpowder / Molagapodi for adults

 Recipe Notes.

  • This dosa batter doesn’t need fermentaion and can be made immediately.
  • Stays well in the refrigerator for atleast 4-5 days. In summers, I tend to avoid adding salt to the entire batch of batter and take only a small portion of batter, as required and add the necessary seasonings, choice of herbs, salt and onions etc. It remains fresh for a longer period of time.
  • You can add regular urad dal (the skinless variety) instead of the Black Gram. I prefer the latter as it is high on nutrition and protein.
  • You can add yellow moong dal, masoor dal etc too in some quantity.
  • You can add red chillies too while soaking and then grind it along with the dals and rice. I have avoided as I make a basic batch of batter which I like to change everyday according to our taste.

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Vidya Narayan

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Vidya Narayan

Hi Everyone, I am Vidya Narayan & Welcome to my blog MasalaChilli. Born in a Traditional Palakkad Iyer (South Indian) Family with strong value systems to an exceptionally strong and independent Single Mom, spent most of my childhood studying well (as most Iyer girls do).

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  1. Such a nutritious adais, i have tried some adais with horsegram but am yet to post them in my space. What a fabulous setup, and am sure this pancakes will definitely please some hungry tummies easily at home.

    1. Thanks dear, I will be waiting to see your version too. Cheers!

  2. sounds delicious and healthy with all the kinds of dals in it! loved the presentation as well !

  3. Hi Vidhya,
    Been looking up your blog for recipes for a month or so and delurking now 🙂 can you please let me know what is the measure of a cup? How many grams please

    1. Hi, thanks for the feedback and I welcome the delurking. As regards measurement, you can use the one for baking. 1 cup is 250 ml measurement. Since I make batches of all my breakfast staples, esp the dosa or idli batter in bulk I double the quantities or generally eye ball the ingredients since I am used to. But for this recipe, the 1 cup measurement should work completely fine. Cheers.

  4. Awesome share Vidya. You made these not only yummy but healthy too. Loved the presentation. I have to try this dosa soon.

    1. Glad you loved it. Will await your feedback, whenever you try. Thanks so much.

  5. Lovely recipe Vidya, healthy and delicious at the same time !!

  6. Wow, what a healthy, protein packed dish that is. I have a pack of horsegram in the pantry and I would love to make these healthy adai. I think my kids will love this.

  7. Love your version Vidya, have never heard adais with horsegram…i just prepare only two recipes…rasam and chutney powder with this pulse😊 impressive share 💯

    1. My pleasure Jyo! Glad you found the post useful. Thanks a ton!

  8. This is such a delicious and healthy recipe. Love the presentation and plating.

  9. Homemade stuff is best. back in our days, we didn’t have the pleasure of going to food joints. So enjoyed homemade food. Now times are different. In order to inculcate good eating habits, we need to try harder. This recipe is promising. Bookmarking

    1. Absolutely Jyoti. Well said! My sentiments exactly. Glad you liked the post dear. Thank you so much.

  10. I never heard of Horsegram this much of health effects which you were very well explained in your post, this Adai is really interesting recipe and something new to me and loved your presentation, cheddar is a good option to attract kids 🙂

    1. Glad you enjoyed reading the post and the health benefits. Thanks dear.

  11. Truly a healthy and delicious pancake! Moreover, it looks very kid friendly, I know my 4 year old would enjoy this 🙂 Great recipe, Vidya, I’m glad you went ahead and posted it!

  12. Such a healthy and delicious Adai. Love to have it with coconut chutney. This is a perfect breakfast to start a day with..

    1. With coconut chutney, the adais will vanish within no time. I love this with nei chakkarai too. Thanks dear.

  13. Such power packed meal these would make! I’m not familiar with horse gram but this grocery shopping I’ll certainly go looking for them. You have totally convinced me of their health benefits.

  14. You are so right, Vidya
    I must add horsegram (and some of the other ingredients in this recipe) to my shopping list.
    Must make this soon and will let you know how we enjoyed it.
    From the sound of it, I know I would love it. Really hope the babies do too 💕
    Thank you for this recipe!

    1. thanks and glad you liked the recipe. I hope you and kids love it too. Cheers!

  15. Kids are energetic . They won’t eat fries and Cheesy Pizza unless parents buy over the Weekend. We go to Indian restaurant to enjoy buffet . It is difficult to prepare al that stuff at home . In gatherings and potlucks I see moms feeding and packing Idli . They have recess for one hour everyday except rainy days . They have Gym in school . When weather gets warmer we take them to playground and make them play till sunset . 8:30 .Morning n Evening . We enroll them in swimming and other activities during winter days . In middle and high school they have lot of work and no time to watch TV . We have play dates and kids in the community play together. Now a days moms are very conscious what they are feeding . Even School Lunches are very nutritious. They offer fruit and Veggies with the meal .

  16. I love these pancakes that are healthy and protein packed. I am sure your kids will love them especially served with cheese and ketchup.

    1. Glad you liked them. While I don’t have kids of my own, I did serve these to my niece and she loves it. Thank you so much.

  17. I love Kollu, I really do. (Don’t ask me why) and I love Adai. So this Adai is just what I need.

  18. Love adai; wholesome, healthy and no fermentation needed! Adding kulilth is a great idea; thanks for sharing this tip 🙂 Will try soon and of course, nice clicks 🙂 🙂

    1. Hey dear, I prefer adais to dosa anyday as they are filling. Thanks dear and glad you liked it.

  19. Vidya , awesome healthy recipe. Loved it. Beautiful write up.. superb share. Lovely Presentation

  20. Well, my kids to haat se gaye so will try this on the two other kids namely Father-in-law and his son believe me they are worse than my girls. I think I will buy a very small portion of kulith first then work it in our diet.

    1. Thanks dear, I hope the experiment is successful with all the kids mentioned. Lolzz!

  21. Healthy pack of pancakes.. Who will say no for dieting when they get this much yummy food.. Perfect for fitness freak..

    1. Hey Suji, thanks dear. I dont believe in dieting and yes, getting fit should always be a happy process and involve different foods. Glad we both feel the same.

  22. Sounds interesting…have never tried adai with horsegram though….The best for I love horsegram till date is Ulavacharu and I can never think of anything different…but will try for sure after seeing this…healthy share!!

    1. Usually the top picks with Horsegram are the podis and dal and I am not a very big fan of the dal so opted of making this adais so that I can consume the same every single day for a week atleast. Thanks and glad you liked it.

  23. What a beautiful post you have posted Vidya, totally agree. These healthy and protein packed pancakes are super delicious, I bet my kids won’t ask for cheese 🙂 Bookmarking this to make later.

  24. I haven’t used horsegram lentil in my kitchen but I guess I should buy it next time. The pancakes look healthy and tasty too. Ask me about kids, my girls are so many troublemakers. They don’t even like cheese so pizza has to be without cheese.

    1. Thats great to hear that your girls dont like cheese. Healthy options since childhood really help. Hope you would love the pancakes. Thank you so much.

  25. Vidya, thats one healthy powerpacked breakfast. Love the fact that no fermentation is involved.

  26. As a mother nothing more can be more satisfying if you provide your kid with a healthy meal that they actually like. So I get that feeling. Looks good. Bookmarking for making them soon😛

  27. I love horse gram recipes. it is one which the family is not keen on so this looks so well concealed for them. Ahhh and the cheese you have added should be enough to clean up the plate. yumm

  28. I once bought horsegram. It took lot of time to cook and family wasn’t too happy with the taste , so never bought again though I know its very healthy. Making adai with horsegram is a wonderful idea. I think, I should experiment again 🙂

    1. You definitely should. I am not fond of the dal either so mix it with dosa batters. Thanks a lot and glad you liked it

  29. a great way to feed kids such a healthy and nutritious food. I loved it. Haven’t checked this horsegram.

  30. Such a healthy as well as delicious spread of pancakes vidya !!! These’ll be a sure shot hit at kids tiffin 🙂

  31. You have done justice to a gram which is actually fed to horses and devalued by the common man!Wonderful recipe dear!

    1. Thanks dear.. We have so many ingredients that are overlooked which are pretty healthy too.

  32. Tried this..thank you for sharing the recipe. I can enjoy horsegram now

    1. Thank you for stopping by Viji and glad I turned you into a horsegram fan now.

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