Rajma by Tarla Dalal
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Rajma is one of the most popular dishes in North India. In this Punjabi delicacy, cooked kidney beans is excitingly flavoured with a wide array of ingredients ranging from ginger and green chillies to tomatoes and onions, spices and masala powders too. However, you will be surprised to see that all these are everyday ingredients, which you do not have to go shopping for! Two final strokes that make this recipe the rich delight that it is, are fresh cream and dried fenugreek leaves. The cream gives a luscious texture to the gravy, while the kasuri methi really boosts the flavour and aroma. The best part is that this dish is very versatile. You can have it with any Indian bread or rice.
Recipe Description for Rajma
- Soak the rajma in enough water in a deep bowl for 8 hours. Drain well.
- Combine the rajma, a little salt and 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker, mix well and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
- Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Do not drain the water. Keep aside.
- Combine the green chillies, ginger and garlic in a mortal pestle (khalbhatta) and pound to a coarse paste. Keep aside.
- Heat the oil and butter in a deep non-stick pan and add the cumin seeds.
- When the seeds crackle, add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes.
- Add the green chilli-garlic-ginger coarse paste and tomatoes, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
- Add the chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
- Add the rajma along with the water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 5 to 7 minutes, while mashing it lightly with a potato masher, while stirring occasionally.
- Add the dried fenugreek leaves and fresh cream and mix well.
- Serve hot.
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