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Kulitha Koddel /Horsegram gram curry

Hello dear readers! I’m back after a long break. Today I will share the recipe of Kulitha Koddel, a traditional G.S.B curry . We use the basic masala for most of our curries but some curry is prepared spicy and some less spicy. Koddel is usually tempered with garlic. And I temper loads of it as I love garlic. Kulith means ‘Horsegram’ . Traditionally G.S.B’s prepare horsegram  on Saturdays. I’m not aware of the myth behind it . But we prepare it on other days too. The best combination with this curry is either bamboo shoots/Kirlu or Banana stem/Gabbo as an accompaniment.Other combinations  pumpkin stem and raw jackfruit . All the elements has its own taste, it enhances the dish very well and has  health benefits too. There are endless recipes to share in the space. I found the picture of this curry while searching for something else and thought of sharing it before it gets drowned in my folders. Stay tuned for more interesting recipes!!




Horsegram/Kulith – 1 cup

Garlic – 8 – 10 , smashed with the skin

Coconut oil – 2 tsp approx

Bamboo shoots or banana stem – 1 cup*

Salt – to taste

Ingredients for the masala:

Grated coconut – 2 cups

Roasted short red chillies – 4

Roasted byadgi chillies – 3

Tamarind – 2 pinches *


  1. Cook horsegram for 2 whistles in the cooker adding enough water and lower the flame for 10 minutes.
  2. Cook until done if not cooked.
  3. Once cooked add salt to taste and take a boil.
  4. Keep it aside.
  5. Cook the kirlu or Gabbo separately until cooked.
  6. Add salt to taste once cooked.
  7. Keep it aside.
  8. Grind all the ingredients mentioned to a fine paste/ masala.
  9. Mix masala, cooked horsegram and cooked gabbo or kirlu.
  10. Add water and adjust the consistency.
  11. Keep it medium thin.
  12. Take a good boil and check the salt.
  13. Heat coconut oil in a seasoning pan and roast the smashed garlic until brown in colour.
  14. Season it to the dish and close the lid immediately.
  15. Serve it hot with rice.

My notes:

  • Kirlu means tender bamboo shoots.
  • Take 2 to 3 whistles in a cooker to cook it and simmer it for 10 minutes.
  • Gabbo means banana plant stem.
  • Remove the thread while chopping it into roundels.
  • Cook it in a vessel separately until it gets cooked.
  • Use either bamboo or banana stem.
  • Don’t use both the elements.
  • You may also use hog plums instead of tamarind.
  • Use around 5 of it for the above measurements.




About SaiGeetha Pai

I am Saigeetha, a homemaker, food blogger, baker and a cook. Cooking is my passion.

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