Saturday, February 20, 2010

Rajma Masala

I had a packet of rajma or kidney beans lying around for a really long time and finally got down to making some today. Very simple to prepare, extremely nutritious and tastes great with rice.

You will need:
Rajma - 1 cup, soaked in water for at least 6 hrs
Onions - 2, small
Tomatoes - 2, big
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
Garlic - 2 pods
Oil - 2tbsp
Chili powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Finely chopped coriander - 1 tbsp

Here's how you make it:
1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add finely chopped onions, ginger and garlic. Saute until the onions turn pink.
2. Puree tomatoes and add into the cooker.
3. Add chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder. Allow to boil till the oil leaves the sides of the cooker.
4. Add the rajma along with the water. Add garam masala powder and salt to taste.
5. Place the lid and allow to cook till steam comes out.
6. Place the vent and lower heat. Allow 3 to 4 whistles.
7. After the pressure subsides, mash a few beans so the gravy thickens.
8. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with steaming rice.


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