Rajma Chawal ( Tiffin Treats)

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A tangy preparation of rajma is combined with cooked rice to make a lip-smacking Rajma Chawal, which stays fresh in the tiffin box for at least 5 hours. It’s almost like having rice with a rajma curry to accompany it, but the best part is that it comes in a convenient one-dish package that is easy for kids to handle at lunch time. We have taken care to make the chawal a little moist, so that it does not get dry after a few hours. So, do not worry if you end up with a slightly moist rice when done; that is how it is meant to be. For the short break pack some Murukku ( Tiffin Treats) in another tiffin.

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Soaking time:  overnight   Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:     Makes 4 servings
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  1. Heat the oil in a pressure cooker and add the cumin seeds and asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  2. Add the onions and ginger-garlic paste and sauté on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander-cumin seeds powder and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the rajma and 1 cup of water, mix well and pressure cook for 4 whistles.
  5. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
  6. Add the cooked rice, mix gently and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  7. Add the coriander and mix well.

How to pack

  1. Allow it to cool completely, and pack in an air-tight tiffin box.

RECIPE SOURCE : Tiffin Treats for KidsBuy this cookbook
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Rajma Chawal ( Tiffin Treats)
 on 15 Jan 16 08:11 AM

Excellent recipe. Quick and easy too. Totally love it!
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Tarla Dalal    Thanks Adelaine. Keep trying new recipes and posting your comments. We would love to hear from you.
15 Jan 16 09:58 AM
Rajma Chawal
 on 19 May 13 04:48 PM

For any mom with a fussy eating toddler, it feels absolutely delightful to see them eating a healthy food like this without coaxing! This recipe is simple, healthy and we can be rest assured that it will turn out good. My 3 yr old relished it and so did we.Thanks Tarla aunty.
Rajma Chawal
 on 25 Feb 11 03:44 PM

Another great combo. I would have the Rajma with Brown rice to make it healthier. Rajma in any form is a great source of protein and great for vegetarians like me.