Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Rajma - Easy Northern Indian food for the whole family!

Rajma - Easy Northern Indian food for the whole family!

If you love the tastes of Northern Indian food, you will love this easy recipe! It's hearty, healthy, and kid-friendly. You can leave it in a crockpot and eat it when you're ready. This dish is similar to a Mexican chili, but with Indian flavors and spices.
Recipe © 2016 John Gabriel Arends
Servings: 6
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes (regular pot) or 3 plus hours in a crockpot

Ingredients:
3 cans of kidney beans (other beans may be subsituted)
1 lb of chicken (optional, other meat may be substituted)
3 Tbsp ground ginger
3 Tbsp ground garlic
3 Tbsp chopped red onion or shallots (optional)
3 tsp salt
3 heaping tsp of rajma masala powder (MDH brand is a good one)
2 tsp ground cayene
2 tsp ground coriander seed
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin

Crockpot Preparation:
  1. Put all ingredients in a crockpot. 
  2. Add water until it comes just up to the top of the other ingredients 
  3. Slow cook for at least 2-3 hours. Longer cooking will bring out more flavor and a thicker consistency. (Add more water if you want to leave it in longer.) 
  4. Optionally, serve with a dollop of sour cream and a squeeze of lemon or lime juice. 
Regular Preparation:
  1. Put all ingredients in a pot. 
  2. Add water until it comes just up to the top of the other ingredients 
  3. Bring to a boil, stirring to make sure nothing burns on the bottom 
  4. Continue cooking until any meat is thoroughly cooked. Longer cooking will bring out more flavor and a thicker consistency. (You may need to add more water if you want to leave for a long time.) 
  5. Optionally, serve with a dollop of sour cream and a squeeze of lemon or lime juice. 
Notes: 
  • If you do have access to all of the spices or powders mentioned above, you can still try the recipe with other by substituting similar spices. You can get a generic Indian curry and other spices at most grocery stores, and that is acceptable. (Do not try Thai curry as a substitute, however.) 
  • If you don't want this recipe to be spicy hot, simply leave out the cayenne powder. You will still have a very tasty meal that everyone can enjoy. To make this recipe extremely spicy, add more cayenne or other chiles—fresh or dried. We also like to serve Dallay Khorsani Pickles on the side.
If you enjoy this Rajma recipe, be sure to check out all of our other spicy Himalayan recipes here.