Monday, June 1, 2009

Rajma/ Red Kidney Bean Curry


Kidney beans - 1 cup
Water- 3 cups
Red Chilli powder- 1/4 tsp
Cumin powder-1/4 tsp
Coriander powder- 1/4 tsp
Black Pepper powder-1/4 tsp
Turmeric- 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Onion - 1 medium
Tomato- 1
Oil- 3 tbsp
Ginger- 1/4 inch
Green Chili(cut)- 1-2
Green chili(slit)-1
Salt to taste
Garlic (optional)-4-5
Coriander leaves(chopped)- 1 tbsp


Soak Rajma in water overnight.Pressure cook rajma until tender.Cut onion, tomato and green chili. Saute onions and tomatoes lightly.(This enhances the taste of the gravy)Grind it in mixie along with ginger and make paste.

Heat oil in a pan. Add the paste and fry on medium heat until golden brown (The oil starts separating from the mixture).Add red chili powder, turmeric powder,cumin powder,Black pepper powder, coriander powder, garam masala and salt. Mix well. Bring the gravy to boil.

Now add cooked rajma (along with the water in which it was cooked). Stir well and cook over low heat for 15- 20 mins.Garnish with coriander leaves,and lemon.

Serve hot with Naan,Paratha,Ghee Rice

The secret is in the soaking
(Found this tip in one of the magazine from Sprouts farmers market, thought this will be useful)

1. In a large pot,cover beans with filtered water.Soak overnight.

2.Drain beans,rinse thoroughly,and add 4 cups fresh water for each cup dry beans.Place in a large pot with a tight lid.

3.Add a 3-4 inch strip of kombu(a sea vegetable),to make beans easier to digest.

4. Bring to a boil.reduce heat and simmer for 1-4 hours,depending on variety.Cook beans until they are soft.

Short Soak Method

Cover beans with water and boil for 5 mins.Remove from heat.Cover and set aside for 2-3 hrs.Drain and rinse,then cover with fresh water and cook as above.


Suparna said...

lovely click :) the rajma curry looks so saucy and yummm thanks for the recipe.

Happy cook said...

I love rajma and this looks really yummy.

Trupti said...

rajam curry looks delicious

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Looks spicy and delicious.

DEESHA said...

I love Rajma with rice .. such comfort food

Divya said...

Would you post or send me the recipe for kayi hoLige, the karnataka speciality?

RupaMohan said...

Thanks-Suparna,Happycook,Trupti,A2Z vegetarian cuisine,Deesha

Divya-Would you give me your email id so that i can send you the recipe..that would be quicker than my posting..

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Vishku said...

I love rajma, you but due to gas I have stopped using it. Your post has tempted me to try your tip, will you please tell me where can I get the "kombu" (sea veg) in Bengaluru?

RupaMohan said...

@Vishku-Try Kombu seaweed in health food stores like-Health and Glow retail outlet in The Forum,Niligiri's.

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