Urali Bas Saaru & Palya / Stewed HorseGram Curry

Urali Bas Saaru / Stewed Horsegram Curry

Urali Bas Saaru and Urali Bas Palya is very popular among people belonging to Mandya and Mysore. This is one of the authentic recipe and very common in all villagers house.Bas or Basidu in kannada means strain
the stew ,as we prepare a curry ( Saaru) out of the stew it has got the  name Bas Saaru.Generally it is served along with RagiBalls( Raggi Mudde) and Rice. Researchers have even found that  regular intake of horsegram aids in weight loss.  Horsegram curry can be done either using sprouted horsegram or regular one.You can cook horsegram  by soaking overnight or can even be cooked directly  but it takes more time.
This is Gp's all time favorite. Taste of this curry enhances more when you eat it next day,more you heat the curry repeatedly more it tastes.


Category:Vegetarian|Prep Time:5 Minutes
Cooking Time:20 Minutes|Serves: 4-5

Sprouted Horsegram: 11/2 Cup

Amaranth Leaves: 1 Large Bunch
Tamarind Extract :2 Tbsp

Grinding for Curry:

Onion Raw :1 Medium
Garlic Raw:4-5 Cloves
Burnt Onion:1 Small/Medium
Burnt Garlic:4 Cloves
Jeera/Cumin Seeds:1/2 Tbsp
Black pepper Corns: 1/2 Tbsp
Fresh Grated Coconut:2 Tbsp
Red Chilly powder:1 Tsp
Coriander Powder: 1Tsp
Sambar/Curry Powder: 3 Tbsp
Turmeric:1/4 Tsp

Tempering for Curry:

Onion: 1/2
Garlic:4 Cloves
Curry Leaves: 2 Strings
Redchilly: 2 Broken
Black Mustard Seeds: 1/2 Tsp
Oil: 2 Tbsp

For Palya:

Onions:3 Medium
Green Chillies: 4-6
Mustard Seeds: 1/2 Tsp
Fresh Coconut grated: 2 Tbsp
Fresh Coriander leaves chopped: 2 Tbsp
Lemon Juice:1/2 Tsp
Oil: 1 Tbsp


Clean & wash sprouted horsegram ( you can even add without Sprouts) ,add  3 cups of water,1 tsp salt put it in a pressure cooker and cook for 1 whistle( if not sprouted it takes 3-4 whistles).Once pressure is released add Amaranth leaves (you can use Drumstick leaves also,it tastes awesome) and cook for another 5 minutes and turn off the gas.Once its cooled strain the stew using colander and separate stew  which is used for preparing curry and horsegram for palya/Stirfried, keep it aside.

Put onion and garlic into a skewer and burn it on direct flame,till outer layer of onion looks dark.Once done grind it into a smooth paste along with the above mentioned ingredients  for grinding.

Take a pressure pan add oil, mustard seeds,curry leaves,crush onion and garlic fry and add the grounded paste fry well till oil leaves and nice aroma comes for this add stew and water and leave it to boil,adjust salt.

You can cook for one whistle also. Bas Saaru/Stewed horsegram Curry is ready to serve with raagi balls and rice.

Palya / Stir fried Horsegram

Above cooked horsegram and amaranth leaves is used for preparing Palya/Stirfry .
Take a wok ,add oil,mustard seeds once crackles ,add onions and green chillies fry till onion looks translucent and cooked horsegram and amaranth leaves saute it adjust salt.
Garnish with coconut,coriander leaves and lime juice.Tasty and delicious sauted horsegram/urali bas palya is ready to serve. This will become a side dish for the above curry :)

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