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Kidney beans fry/ Rajma fry

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The kidney bean otherwise called 'the chili bean' with its dark red skin is named for its visual resemblance to a kidneyTrue to their name, these popular beans are kidney shaped and are especially good in simmered dishes where they absorb the flavors of seasonings and the other foods with which they are cooked. 

Kidney beans are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber, as are most other beans. In addition to lowering cholesterol, kidney beans' high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making these beans an especially good choice for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia. When combined with whole grains such as rice, kidney beans provide virtually fat-free high quality protein. 
Just one cup of cooked kidney beans supplies 177.0% of the daily value for molybdenum and also gives 18.67 of the daily value of thiamin-B1 and vitamin K. It is also a good source for omega 3 fatty acids(12.50 of DV).
Normally, i prepare juicy curries with kidney beans for chapathi's. Today, i was not in a mood of making or eating chapathi. Moreover, my husband doesn't like eating rajma curry with rice. He prefers it with chapathi ,naan n puri's... 
So, i decided to make experiment with kidney beans. I want to make it as a dry curry. So, i boiled it as usually n made a dry curry.

Source: own
Preparation time: 5 mins + 20 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins
Kidney beans: 11/2 cup, soaked overnight
Onion: 2, medium
Green chili: 2-3, chopped
Oil: 2tbsp
Channa dal: 1tsp
Cumin seeds: 1tsp
Mustard seeds: 1tsp
Red chili: 2-3 
Ginger garlic paste: 2tsp
Coriander Powder: 2tsp, 1+1
Red chili powder: 2tsp, 1+1
Turmeric: 2tsp,1+1
Garam masala: 1tsp
Salt: to taste
Cilantro: to garnish

1) In a pressure cooker, cook beans for 1-2 whistle's(depends on cooker, dnt cook them until mushy) by adding 1tsp each: salt, coriander powder, red chili powder, turmeric. 
2) Strain the remaining water into a bowl( u can use this water in rasam). Keep beans aside in a strainer, so that they will get dry.
3) In a pan, heta oil n add channa dal, red chili. Fry for 30 secs. Add, mustard seeds n cumin seeds. Let them splutter.
4) Add onions, green chili and a pinch of salt. Cook them until onions are translucent.
5) Add turmeric, ginger garlic paste n cook for 1min.
6) Now add, strained beans and cook for 5 mins uncovered
7) Now add salt,red chili powder,coriander powder n cook for another 5mins, uncovered.
8) Adjust spices according to your taste n add garam masala. cook for 2mins.
9)Switch off n garnish with cilantro.
Enjoy your dry rajma curry with rice or chapathi.


my kitchen November 22, 2009 at 8:59 AM  

Different fry,looks yummy.Do visit my blog when u find time

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