Monday, 5 February 2018

Recipe - Rajma Chawal

Rajma or Red kidney bean is one of the most popular dishes in North India. It is not only delicious but also high in protein content that makes it a very healthy and wholesome vegetarian meal. Rajma curry is my favourite; I love to have it with either rice or roti. You can make this curry mild, spicy, or extra spicy by increasing the chilli level as per your liking. This curry is super easy to make, all you have to cook the rajma with a few basic ingredients and add a few spices. You will get a delicious curry in few minutes.
The most important thing you have to remember to do is cook the rajma well so that it is not undercooked. Normally it takes 5 to 6 whistles in the pressure cooker for rajma to be ready if it has been soaked. You have to soak the rajma for at least 8 hours or preferably overnight before preparing the curry. If you are cooking it in a regular pot, cover the rajma with water and bring it to a boil, simmer for 45 mins to 1 hour or until soft. You can add some salt to the rajma water while boiling so the rajma is not bland once in the curry gravy. Since it takes so long to cook in a normal pot, it is better to invest in a pressure cooker for fast cooking. In a pressure cooker, it takes under 15 mins to cook. Now let’s see what all we need and start cooking.

Serves: 3-4 | Cooking Level: Moderate | Cooking time: 45 mins

Rajma/ Kidney Beans - 2 cups (soaked overnight and boiled)
Oil or Ghee – 2-3 tbsp
Onion - 2 large finely chopped
Tomato - 3 large puréed
Ginger paste – 1 tbsp
Garlic paste – 1 tbsp
Chilli Powder - 2 tsp
Garam Masala – 2 tsp
Cumin powder – 1tsp
Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp
Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves a handful finely chopped

1. Soak rajma overnight. Drain and add it to a pressure cooker with some salt and cover with water. Pressure cook for 5-6 whistles or until the rajma is well cooked. Turn off the heat and let the steam escape all by itself.

2. Heat oil/ghee in a pan and add the onions. Fry them until they turn light golden brown.

3. Add the ginger and garlic paste and fry for a few more minutes.

4. Add the pureed tomatoes and mix well.

5. Once the oil starts to separate add all the dry spices and mix well.

6. Add in cooked rajma with water and mix well. Adjust the salt.

7. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes and check if the rajma is well cooked.

8. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.

9. Serve along with steamed rice or hot roti’s.

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