Thursday, April 16, 2009
It is not a place where we wanted to just put our feet up, look at the scenery and relax - the lure of the mountains was such. One day, we went off for a small trek in the mountains very early in the morning and it was only as we were coming down that it dawned upon us that we hadn't informed the hotel what we would have for lunch. Tired as we were, we resigned ourselves to walking to town to have some lunch.
Imagine our delight, therefore, when we returned to the hotel and realised that a delicious lunch of piping hot rajma chawal was waiting for us!
Though rajma has rarely been made in our respective homes, both Terradaze and I absolutely love rajma chawal. When it comes to comfort food, this is what we really crave. Here's how we love our rajma..hope you like it too!
Rajma - 4 fistfuls, soaked 6-8 hours
Onion - 1, grated
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp each
Whole garam masala: Cinnamon - 1"stick; Star anise, Black cardamom - 1 each; Cloves - 6;
Bay leaf - 1
Tomatoes - 2, ground to a puree
Yogurt - 2 tbsps
Dry masalas: Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp, Rajma Masala - 1 1/2 tsp, Amchur powder - 1/2 tsp,
Coriander seed powder - 1 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Sugar - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves, chopped - 1 tbsp
Pressure cook the rajma alongwith the grated onions, ginger garlic paste, some salt and the whole garam masala till soft and properly cooked. It normally takes me about 6 whistles on low fire. Once cooked, discard the whole garam masala. Also, mash a tbsp of the cooked rajma, this will make the gravy thick.
Heat oil in a wok and add the tomato puree. Cook till the puree turns completely dry and oil separates. Next, mix all the dry masalas with the yogurt and add it to the tomato puree; stir till the masala turns bright red and oil separates.
Strain and add the cooked rajma (reserve the water) and stir for about 5 minutes. Add the reserved water and another 1/2 cup of plain water and bring to a fierce boil on high flame. Then turn the flame down and simmer till it reaches your desired consistency. Add the coriander leaves, sugar (adjust the seasoning and the masalas as per your taste, if needed) and simmer for about 10 mins on very low flame.
Turn off the heat and let the curry stand for about 15 - 20 mins before serving with steaming hot rice.
This is off to WYF: Side Dish hosted by Easy Crafts.
It is not just about the ingredients or the recipe, good food happens when it is served with love!!