Friday, January 22, 2016

Rajma

Introduction

I would say Rajma is one dish that I always loved it - be it with rice, roti or itself. I guess it is one of the easiest and delicious dish ever. It is also one of the dish that's always been there in feasts during festivals. And, I remember, while I was a kid, Rajma was the only bean group I liked. I know a lot of people have their own way of making this delicious dish, but the way I like it is fairly easy to make and I am going to share it with you. Hope you like it! Enjoy!

Makes about 5 servings
Rajma

Ingredients Needed

  • Rajma (Dried) - 1 cup
  • Chopped Red Onions - 1/2 cup
  • Chopped Tomatoes - 1/2 cup
  • Vegetable Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Salt, Chili Powder, Cumin Powder, and Turmeric Powder to taste
  • Ginger/Garlic Paste - 2 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Optional: Cilantro to garnish; Green Chilies if you want spicier

Steps to follow

Soak Rajma overnight.
Soak Rajma overnight
The next day, wash soaked Rajma once and pour it in a pressure cooker with some water on it. Also, add little salt and turmeric powder to taste. Cook on a medium heat.

You may want about 5 whistles to go depending how cooked you want. Turn off the heat. Set aside for few minutes.

Open the pressure cooker and pour the cooked Rajma and its water in a mixing bowl. Drain Rajma and place it in a separate bowl.
Tip: You do not want to throw away its water since you will need it later on.
Cooked Rajma and its water
You may use the same pressure cooker to cook the rest of it or a non-stick skillet. I will be using the same pressure cooker. Heat Cumin Seeds on the vegetable oil until it turns dark in color.
Heat Cumin Seeds on the Vegetable Oil
Add chopped onions.
Add Onions
When the onions turn light brown in color, add spices along with Ginger/Garlic Paste.
Add Spices and Ginger/Garlic Paste
After a minute or two, add Rajma and chopped tomatoes and mix well. 
Add Rajma and Tomatoes
After a minute or two, add the water that you saved after Rajma has been cooked.
Add water
Bring it to a boil. Turn off the heat.
Bring it to a boil
Garnish with cilantro and the Rajma dish is ready to served with your favorite choice of food!
Rajma

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