Friday, January 29, 2010

Rajma Masala

Today , we have Rajma(kidney beans) . This is a punjabi dish and there are many ways to prepare the same. This is best served with Rice (plain white rice)

The ingredients

1. 500 gms Rajma (serves 4-6) . These should be soaked in water for overnight(6-8 hrs)


2. Chopped onions (2-3 medium sized onion, preferably red onions)

3.Tomato paste/puree(200 gms) or 3-4 finely chopped tomatoes


4. Spices such as cinnamon,bayleaf,cardomom (green,black),Cloves,black pepper.
These are optional but recommended.

5. Ginger-Chilli paste

6. Chilli powder(as per taste), Turmeric(1/2 teaspoon), coriander powder(1 tea spoon)

The Steps

1. Boil the overnight soaked rajma in a pressure cooker for 2 whistles on medium flame or put in a microwave with similar quantity of water for 20 mins.

2. Add the spices to the pan with Oil heated up.

3. Saute the onion and ginger-chilli paste

4. Saute , till the onion becomes golden brown(keep on stirring , so that onion does not stick at the bottom of the pan)

6. Add the tomato puree and saute for 5 minutes

7. When the color of the mixture is dark red, its time to add the Rajma(beans) and 2-3 cups of water.

8. Allow it to boil for 10 minutes on medium flame.You may like to put this in a pressure cooker if the Rajma (kidney beans) are not soft yet. Leave it to cool for 5-10 minutes, the gravy(liquid) will become thicker.

Serve with Rice/Indian Bread.



These is dark red colored Rajma served with brown rice

Comments are welcome!!

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