Muthira Varuthathu ~ Horsegram Stir Fry

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When the climate changes, along with it comes havoc. That is one thing that I hate. During the months of October-November and March-April, in this part of the world, you will see everybody falling sick. I already had my bout of illenss towards the end of last month, and last week, the rest of them fell ill, starting from Rasha, then Azza and then HD. The house felt like a hospital with lots of medicines all around, but Alhamdulillah, they weren’t severe like cases I had seen at the clinic and things settled down in the space of a week. But then you know how it is, the tastebuds are lacking, so whatever I was making was not finishing, that included even kanji (rice porridge/ gruel). It will still take time till everything comes back to 100%.


Horsegram, just like it’s name suggests is supposed to be staple food for horses. But is that a reason why we cannot eat it? If there is a lentil that my kids would fight for, then it is horsegram, or we call it “muthira” in Malayalam. How much ever I make it, it is never enough. The time they see it soaking, their faces, especially Rasha’s lights up. Very rarely I see their faces so happy when it comes to food. Hehe… They are very picky eaters, you see…Β Umma would make this on and off for lunch time and it is something that I truly enjoy having along with rice and a simple moru curry. As you may see from the recipe, there is hardly anything that goes into it, but those intermittent bites of garlic is what gives the punch to the recipe.


4.50 from 2 votes

Muthira Varuthathu ~ Horsegram Stir Fry

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Malabar - Indian
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 45 minutes
Servings 3
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 cup horsegram muthira
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 3 dry red chillies
  • 6 garlic cloves chopped lengthwise
  • 1 sprig curry leaves


  • Wash the horsegram well. Soak in water overnight.
  • Next day, drain the horsegram. Put into a pressure cooker with water an inch over its level. Add salt and turmeric powder.
  • Pressure cook on high for 6-8 whistles. Switch off and allow the pressure to go off completely.
  • Open the lid and drain the cooked horsegram of excess water.
  • In a saucepan, heat oil and splutter mustard seeds.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and saute for a couple of minutes till the garlic is fried.
  • Add the cooked horsegram and toss well to coat. Leave on low flame for five minutes.
  • Switch off and serve warm as side for rice and curry. Or have as it is like a snack!



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  1. 5 stars
    I remember my granny making this and your post just hit me with beautiful nostalgia. πŸ™‚
    I really healthy and delicious way to snack.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Taruna… Long time… πŸ™‚

  2. 4 stars
    Rafee,, is this available here? I had always heard about this, but never had it. My kids love lentils and I am sure they would love this too.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Do check out in the lentils section, dear… I am sure you can find it… Thanks a lot Hasna…

  3. My favorite. Healthy dish

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Beena…

  4. It is nice for a change from the usual lentils… I had it first when I was staying as a paying guest in Bangalore… how does it look in its raw form?

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      There is not much difference in appearance from the cooked and uncooked one dear… Thanks a lot Fami…

  5. Simple recipe and packed with protein helps in recovery

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Amrita…

  6. I’m not a fan of muthira.. But everyone in my family loves it.. Looks delicious and healthy..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sona…

  7. I know all about people falling sick! Glad you all are feeling better now!
    This stir fry sounds so simple and I guess it can be had as a snack as well as a side dish! Wonderful dish!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Beulah…

  8. Sickness is in the air. …beautiful weather brings along virus of cold n flu. Little one too is suffering from cough and flu, happy that your kids have recovered.easy and healthy stir fry.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nusrath…

  9. healthy stir fry! yum!

  10. Mm,my kids are recovering from fever πŸ™‚ i had my share
    of it .
    Love muthira ,ya I too make it with a dash of coconut shreds .
    I can eat a bowlful hiding in a corner,heheh

  11. Interesting, looks healthy and filling πŸ™‚

  12. Very nice thanks for sharing!

  13. Sure, the garlic is something new for this dish I didn’t know. Of course I can see how it infuse further flavours. Nice.

  14. Muthira my pops favourite!

  15. Healthy and tasty snacks..looks yum

  16. Never made stir fry with horsegram .Sure will give it a try .Happy to know u guys are back to normal …

  17. healthy one….all love this at home too

  18. Interesting….healthy and delicious……. πŸ™‚

  19. I’ve never heard of horsegram before. We love lentils in our home..daal is a must with just about every meal. Will have to keep an eye out for horsegram. Great post!

  20. I too love horsegram..but never tried the stir fried looks yummy …got to try it…my mom used to make muthira vilayichathu for snack and I used to love having it…

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