Rajma, The Indian "Chili"

My roommate is back from Washington D.C., and The Indian Diaries are in full swing!  Today's special is Rajma, a traditional North Indian dish made with kidney beans.  Rajma's spunky spicy flavor makes it the Indian version of American chili.  Or more likely, our hearty stew is probably the American version of India's Rajma. 
Rajma, The Recipe
1 cup kidney beans*
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
1 large tomato, pureed (in blender)
1 tsp chopped garlic 
1 tsp fresh ginger, chopped
1.5 tsp turmeric powder
1.5 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp chili powder
½ tsp garam masala
1 tsp cumin powder 
salt to taste
2 Tbsp oil
*can make with canned kidney beans (no cooking required) or with dried beans.  The following recipe uses dried beans, soaked overnight, and cooked in a pressure cooker.
  1. Pour 2 Tbsp oil into the pressure cooker.  Once hot, add garlic and ginger. 
  2. Lightly stir for a few seconds and add onion.  Cook onion on medium heat until transparent, but be careful not to burn.
  3. Add tomato.  Add spices (turmeric, coriander, chili, garam masala and salt).  Cook down and stir until the mixture becomes a spicy paste.  
  4. Add 1 cup kidney beans and 3.5 cups water.
  5. Cover pressure cooker and cook on medium heat until you hear the cooker whistle.  This may take 20-30 minutes.
  6. After the whistle, turn off heat but let beans cook for another 10 minutes.  Once pressure has decreased, take off the cover and evaluate.  Kidney beans may need more water if you want a soupy consistency.  Beans may need more cooking if you want a chunky consistency.
Eat with:
Rice, naan, or roti
Optional: Sliced persian cucumbers (smaller than English variety)
Optional: Plain yogurt.
Rajma is a hallmark of Indian cuisine, a suitable componant for any social gathering.  My roommate states, "It is loved by everyone.  You won't find someone in India who doesn't enjoy this dish."  It is served with basmati rice, all year long.  

Very yummy.  All the credit goes to my rommate! *Applause*
Feel free to leave a comment telling her what you think!
Thank you.  Happy Friday!


ann low said...

This is new to me but I would like to try it. Looks delicious!!!!

Meredith (Pursuing Balance) said...

This looks really wonderful and flavorful!

Emily said...

Indian food is one of my favorite type of cuisine. I'm not very good at making it myself, most likely due to my limited spice collection, but I really enjoy when others make it. Have a great weekend!

Kasey said...

I've neer cooked Indian food at home but this recipe looks great! Thanks for sharing.

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

I love hearing about dishes from other cultures that are similar ones we have here. It's so interesting how two dishes that look so similar could have evolved separately on separate sides of the planet.

eatingRD said...

that looks really tasty, especially with all those lovely spices. yum!

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