Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Rajma Chawal- Mom Style (Recipe)

A very popular saying " I Can't make everyone happy, I am not Rajma Chawal" Rajma Chawal is one of the most loved home cooked food in India and I just love my mom's Rajma Chawal. I am pretty sure everyone loves their mom's Rajma Chawal somehow I feel it's main recipe is the love mothers put in as a secret ingredient. I was always fond of eating food outside. But when you start living away from family you start valuing home made food. I have been living away from family for a long time now and one day I started craving for Rajma-Chawal not just any Rajma Chawal, the ones my mom makes. So called her up and took the recipe from her. Step by step instructions I took from her so that I can recreate the magic. I followed the instructions step by step and it did not turn out the way it was supposed to be, but it was not bad for a first attempt. Today I tried making it again and it turned out perfect just perfect. So here I am sharing the recipe with you guys who are living away from family and missing home made food or tired of ordering food or are just broke to afford food outside. This recipe is simple quick and easy. I am a beginner when it comes to cooking, so if I can make it anyone can make it.
Recipe (Rajma) :
  1. 1 cup rajma (Kidney beans)- Soak them in water over night
  2. 2 big onions or 3 small onions (Finely Chopped)
  3. 2 tomatoes
  4. 1 Tbsp Jeera (Cumin Seeds)
  5. 3 Tbsp Oil
  6. Pinch of Hing(Asafoetida)
  7. 1 Tbsp Red Chilli Powder
  8. 1 Tbsp Garam Masala
  9. 1/2 Tbsp Haldi(Turmeric powder)
  10. 1 Tbsp Ginger-Garlic paste
  11. 2 green chilly
  12. Chopped coriander
  13. Salt to taste
Heat oil in pan and add hing, jeera, ginger garlic paste and onions. Fry onions till golden brown. Take tomatoes and chilly and make a puree. Add the puree into the pan (containing fried onions). After that add red chilly powder, haldi and garam masala. Cook till the mixture starts leaving oil and then Turn of the gas.

Put soaked rajma in pressure cooker (don't throw the water used for soaking rajma overnight) and boil. Pressure cook it for 5-6 whistles. Let the steam get out and then only open the pressure cooker.

Put the mixture from the pan into the pressure cooker and add salt to taste. Then pressure cook it for 1-2 whistle. Add chopped coriander and stir it.
Congratulations the Rajma are ready.

Ingredients :-
  1. 1 Cup rice (soak them into water for 10 minutes)
  2. Pinch of jeera
  3. Pinch of salt
  4. 1/2 Tbsp oil
Heat oil in  sauce-pan and jeera and salt. Rinse rice with water 3 times and drain excess water. Add soaked rice into pan and then add 2 cups of water into the pan. Boil for 5-10 minutes. To check if rice are done. Just use a fork to see if there is water at bottom of the pan. If no water is there then rice are done.
I am sure you guys will love it. Happy Cooking

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