For today's blogging marathon post, I had to pick a protein based gravy dish. Legumes and paneer seemed to be the obvious protein choices but decided to settle with the latter. I promptly prepared a paneer dish in advance but lost the pictures due to computer glitches. This is what I got for being ready in advance this time. :)At the last minute, I realized that I could go with rajma masala as I haven't posted it yet surprisingly.
Protein packed rajma masala happens to be a filling, comfort dish popular in Punjab and other north Indian states. Kidney beans are simmered in onion- tomato - spice gravy, yielding in a melt in mouth kind, delectable side dish. I have given below the method that I usually follow which gives more liquidy gravy. Sometimes I grind onion, tomatoes, ginger and the whole spices (instead of adding garam masala). I add the ground paste after step 2 and fry until the raw smell of the onion leaves, so that I have a thick gravy as shown in the image above. Basically the method below yields you a nice gravy while the rajma in the picture is on a thicker side.
1 cup kidney beans / rajma
1 Tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp ginger paste / grated ginger
2 onions2 - 3 tomatoes, finely chopped
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp chili powder or as needed
Salt to taste
1 Tbsp crushed kasuri methi (optional)
Cilantro to garnish
(Rajma usually contains garlic and so feel free to add.)
1. Soak kidney beans overnight in plenty of water or for at least 8 - 10 hours. After the soaking period, cook the kidney beans adding water in a pressure cooker. The cooked beans should be soft but not mushy.
2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds. When they start to brown add ginger and onion. Fry onion on low flame until it turns translucent.
3. Then add tomatoes and spice powders. Cook until the tomatoes turns mushy.
4. Next add the cooked beans and salt. Add water to the desired consistency and let it cook slowly for about 10 minutes. Add kasuri methi into the pan, stir and turn off the stove. Garnish with cilantro.
5. Serve along with rotis / rice.
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