Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Rajma Masala

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1 cup Red kidney
1 large onion finely chopped
2 large tomatoes finely chopped
4 garlic cloves minced
2 tsp ginger paste
3 green chillis finely chopped
1 1/2 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp garam masala
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp tumeric powder
2 tbsp cilantro
1 tsp kasoori methi
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp butter


Soak the red kidney beans overnight.Next day, cook in a pressure cooker till done.Kidney beans should be soft not mushy.Heat oil,when hot add the cumin seeds,when they crackle add the onions and fry for 5 minutes. Add the ginger-garlic,green chillis,tomatoes,garam masala,tumeric and water from the cooked kidney beans.Cover and cook again for another 3 minutes.Now add the boiled kidney beans,coriander powder,chilli powder,salt and cover and cook again till the rajma (kidney beans) gets nice flavor(about 10 mins).Add the kasoori methi,butter and cilantro mix well.Turn off the heat and serve hot.


Trupti said...

Rajma Masala looks very yummy Ankita

Superchef said...

simple and perfect for everyday dinner!

Ashwini said...

simple , healthy and comfort food..

Varsha Vipins said...

wow..healthy thick gravy..Its a long time I used my kidney my hubby don like it.this is tempting me am now thinking of some crooked ways like mashing it or something to make him eat..lols..:)

Anonymous said...

Rajma we make often too Ankita..looks spicy and loved your recipe..would like to try next time..thank you

Madhumathi said...

Love rajma masala..Looks very yummy..

AnuSriram said...

Looks lovely! Healthier too... Its definitely an easy to make recipe.... A can in hand saves time!

Deepa Hari said...

Lovely masala...Simple yet delicious Ankita...Loved ur misal pav too.

Usha said...

Looks perfect and yummy :-)

Preety said...

love rajma with rice..i also make almost the same way

Pooja said...

Gravy is rich...looking delicios..