Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Rajma Masala!

I think Rajma Masala for ever will kindle those memories back to mind. The first time I actually remembering giving this lentil some thought and enjoying it, was when I had it at my friends place. She is a Gujarati and her mom was an awesome cook. Previous to that I don't' remember Amma making this or had she even made, I may not have actually paid much attention. But after eating at my friend's place, I was so much in love with that dish. I must have asked her many times for the recipe and recreated it at home. Though it never came as good as the first time. I finally concluded that certain dishes require a touch!

Do you think so? Well I am not sure, but it sure looked that way to me. The many times I made this dish at home, everybody liked it. But I was never satisfied as it didn't' match my first impression. Anyways after getting this blog I always thought I should get in touch with my friend to get the recipe again.


Meanwhile I have only my own way of making this simple gravy!

Ingredients Needed:

For pressure cooking

Rajma - 1 cup
Clove - 1
Cardamon - 1
Garlic julienne 0 2"

For the gravy

Onions - 1 medium
Tomato - 2 medium
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Chili powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Black cardamon - 1
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Bay leaf - 1 small
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tsp
Coriander leaves for garnish


Method to prepare:

Wash and soak Rajma overnight. Before cooking, wash again, add fresh water along with the clove, cardamon and ginger julienne. Add enough water to cover the rajma and pressure cook till tender. It normally takes about 5 - 6 whistles for me.

Meanwhile, heat a pan with oil and add the cumin, bay leaf and black cardamon. Saute for a min, then add the onions.

Fry till the onions start turning brown. Add the tomato puree, along with the chili powder, garam masala, salt and turmeric. Simmer for 10 mins with lid.

Remove lid, add the cooked Rajma. Bring to boil and cook till you get a thick gravy.

Serve with rotis or rice.

Note: You can remove the ginger julienne from the rajma.

If you want your gravy to be thicker, mash handful of rajma before adding to the gravy.

Sending this to Apu who is hosting the wonderful MLLA twelfth edition, MLLA is the brain child of the lovely Susan!

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Pavithra said...

Oh mouthwatering curry perfet for rice and roti..looking awesome

Ramya Kiran said...

I love Rajma masala, yours look damn good. A wonderful and a healthy way to use up Rajma!

chakhlere said...

This looks yummy!
I was searching for this recipe from so many days!!
Thanks for sharing it!!

Superchef said...

i love the colour of that rajma masala...mine is always reddish brown. Looks delicious too..

Pooja said...

The Rajma masala looks so delicious! Creamy n thick!

Kalai said...

Looks so rich and delicious! I absolutely think that you are right about certain dishes requiring a certain touch for them to taste their best. Nice one, Valli. :)

Preeti Singh said...

Rajam masal looks so thick and spicyyyyyy ...looking so yummy...

Prathibha said...

Rajma is oftenly prepared at our home,I should say atleast once a it..n urs look yummy too dear..

anuradha said...

Look so rich and delicious. Awesome.....

Happy cook said...

Beautiful and delcious.
Love the colour too.

Jyoti said...

love rajma masala ! will try your version next time...looks good.

Priya said...

This is definitely a delicious way to make rajma masala..looks gorgeous!

Parita said...

looks fabulous, reminded me that i havent made this in long time..

Bergamot said...

The curry looks really nice... yummy!!

Sharmila said...

Your rajma looks so different from the kind we make ... how did you get that gorgeous colour Valli ... just turmeric?
Wonderful looking dish! :-)

Sunshinemom said...

My favourite dish cooked my favourite way and I am just looking at it?? Unfair:)

Shaista Tabrez said...

Hey Sri,
ur rajma looks great.I am new to the blogosphereand u r the one who inspired me to have one.hope u will visit my blog.ur suggestions r always welcome.
Happy cooking.

Ashwini said...

My hubby loves Rajma.Looks perfect and yummy.

Simran said...

I saw this yesterday, and I just had to make this today. Lovely rajma!

Divya Vikram said...

Looks rich n creamy. Lovely picture Valli..

Srivalli said...

I am so glad everybody liked rajma masala..thanks

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks really delicious. The color is exceptionally appetizing! Is there a way to make it without a pressure cooker?

Srivalli said...

Fearlesskitchen, cooking rajma directly is really time consuming, I have personally never tried. But know that in slow cooking the rajmas that are soaked over 12 hrs are cooked.

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