I made these cutlets just to finish off a big bag of sprouted horse gram. Sprouts are a regular feature in our pantry and I add them to many side dishes and parathas other than making salads out of them. Now, the kids were getting bored of eating salads and they didn’t want to see these in any other form (and I managed to camouflage 🙂 ). So, here it is, sprouted horse gram patties, or tikkis or cutlets, or whatever you like to call it.
Kollu (sprouted horse gram) – 1 ½ cup
Bread crumbs – about ½ cup (for binding; I use whole wheat bread)
Cornflour – 2 tablespoons
Onion – 1 small (finely chopped)
Red capsicum – ¼ cup (finely chopped; just for the burst of colour)
Ginger – ½ inch piece (finely minced)
Green chillies – 1 (finely minced) optional
Salt – to taste
Garam masala – ¼ teaspoon
Coriander leaves – a few (finely chopped)
Semolina/Quick cooking oats – to coat the patties (I used a bit of both)
Coarsely blend the sprouted horse gram in a blender or mixer. Mix it with all the other ingredients except oats/semolina in a bowl. Shape them into roundels and flatten them in your palms. Coat them in oats/semolina. If you feel there isn’t enough moisture in the roundels for it to hold the oats, dip it in a mixture of maida and water, and then roll them over in the mixture of oats and semolina. Shallow fry in a pan/tawa. Serve hot with tomato sauce.
- Ginger can be replaced with garlic
- Bread crumbs are used just for binding; you can even use roasted gram flour (besan) or any other flour
- Semolina/oats can be replaced with breadcrumbs or cornflakes to give a crunchy texture. Since I had already used bread crumbs, I wanted to give a variation by coating with oats/semolina
- As the grains are sprouted, there is no need to cook them. In fact, sprouting makes the grain more easily digestible. If you have the sprouted grain ready, the dish gets done very fast. Just coarse blend and get started with your tikkis. Imagine! I have started packing these for kids’ snack box in the morning rush. For me, it is one more option which can be done quickly and both I and kids are happy. Yayy!
Know Your Ingredient
Horse gram can be called the miracle legume because for its various health benefits. It is widely cultivated in India and is known as Kollu in Tamil. Regular consumption of this legume has been found to reduce insulin resistance. It is found to be a very good source of protein. It is also rich in iron and calcium. This legume is also high in fiber and low in calories making it the ideal choice for people on a diet. It is used extensively in ancient Indian medicine because of its astringent and diuretic properties.
How to make sprouts:
Wash and soak the horse gram in water for about 8 hours. Drain the water, tie it up in a clean muslin cloth, and hang this cloth bag in a cool, well lit place for another 8 hours. The gram would have sprouted by now.
You can store this in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days or freeze it for up to a month.
Sprouted Horse Gram
|How to buy||Watch closely for bugs and holes, and avoid packets with a powdery residue. Once bought, they can be stored in their own packing inside an airtight container (to avoid moisture) and they will stay fresh for months together.|
|Storage||If kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator, it will stay fresh for a week -10 days.|
|Usage||Put it back in the refrigerator after taking the desired quantity of sprouts.|
Horse gram tends to have many impurities. Before washing it, look for and remove any small stones. To be on the safer side, wash it twice or more before using. Even the sprouts are best washed before using.
Have a look at this for more info on horse gram