Rajma Masala

by - 8:13 PM

I went to the supermarket to purchase things needed to run a week.I usually love shopping on weekends and dont really like to buy for the whole month. I do this to keep myself occupied over the weekend.
I felt that my daily quick fix options have drastically gone down... May be because the veggies available with my vendor are not to my liking or its that a new job with Deloitte and the excitment is still on mind exploring the new things or the new shift takes sometime to adjust and balance myself....Coming back to the supermarket thing, I realized that its been a while that I cooked something Desi,the moment I saw some Mothi Beans, Double beans and Rajma on the Dals/pulses section. I have never experimented with these variety beans ranging from small to extreme big called double beans... I haven't heard infact.
Unable to decide which one to select and how to prepare this beans gravy. I picked Rajma because of their color and thought will end up doing something.. if not I have the boiled and tossed with olive oil and add some spices for hungerpangs. Rajma masala of mine, a bachelor version is a simple and tangy gravy curry which serves as great accompaniment with rice or roti... It is easy to prepare and also tastes quite yum... Atleast I can prepare Rajma masala once in a week when I dont have any vegetables to rescue... like alu fry does. My version may not be authentic as most of you prepare or have ingredients which go into Rajma masala... Its simple and gravy based curry that can get you a comment that it tastes awesome.....  :)  I did get them from my friends.... So here we go...
Rajma Masala
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Ingredients
Rajma/Red kidney beans- 1/2 cup
Tomatoes- 3-4 chopped
Onion- 1 big chopped finely
Coriander- 1 bunch
Green chillies - 1-2 chopped finely.
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1/2 tsp
Salt- as required
Garam masala- 1 tsp
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Sugar - a pinch (just to balance all the flavors)
Fresh Cream-2 tbsps
Spices
Cinnamon Stick - 1 medium sized
Cloves- 5-6
Cardamom- 3-4
Jeera- 1/2 tsp
Oil- 2-3 tsps


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Procedure
Soak rajma/red kidney overnight n water. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add all the spices for 1-2 mins or till slight brown in color. Add ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell subsides. Once ginger garlic paste is fried, add onions,green chillies, tomatoes and saute them for 2-3 mins. Now add kidney beans and the remaining masalas into the pressure cooker. Pressure cook until 2-3 whistles. Once the pressure is removed. Heat Oil in a pan and bring this mixture to boil and adjust salt if required. You might need to adjust the masalas. So feel free to do that if required. Add fresh cream and coriander. Cook on low flame for additional 3-4 mins. Transfer the contents into a serving bowl.
You can garnish with Aloo Bhujia and fresh cream. I have used Aloo Bhujia and oats just for the color contrast.
Adding Aloo Bhujia, onions and sprinkling lemon juice on Rajma masala will substitute for chat which is really healthy and doesn't need any accompaniments to eat... Its 2 go with one shot.

My Notes:
1) I have pressure cooked Rajma beans and the whole mixture until 2 whistles. I would need to increase it to 3 whistles to get nice gravy consistency.
2) Alternatively you can pressure cook only Rajma and then remaining all the ingredients can be done in a pan and then rajma can be added at a later stage.
3) I have pressure cooked all the ingredients together, so that the flavors sink inside the beans well.
4) You can use tomato puree instead of tomatoes. I found that Hommade(Dabur's) was too sour for the gravy. May be you can try to balance it using one chopped tomato and 2 tsps of tomato puree.

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  1. Very lovely and yummy Chaitra, looks delicious and nice clicks..

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  2. We punjabis are fond of rajma :)
    Yours look so inviting !!
    ShrutiRasoi

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  3. Glad to follow your wonderful space dear :)

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  4. looks soo tempting n yummy..

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  5. 1st time to your space chitra, Im loving all the simplicity you have to put in here :) Loving ur space and Following u now <3 Hope to get more updates from u

    Also do visit my space :)
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