Friday, February 24, 2012

Creamy Rajma and Mint Jeera Rice

If you guys aren't tired of hearing about my umpteen moves in the past two years, here's one more. We're moving back to the US again! Thanks to N and his job. It has been really great for Little M here. Lots of kids in the small community we live in. Come evening or saturdays and sundays, M is out playing with her friends or they're at our house. There are dance and Balvihar classes right here in the colony. Not much effort from my side to keep her engaged. She is also well adjusted in her school and has bonded well with the extended family here. It will be quite a drastic change of scene for her there. But kids being what they are, I know she will soon adjust to that too. As for me, I will miss the family, the colony, the help and of course, the food! But hey, the world is a global village now, right? Moving anywhere really isn't such a big deal anymore. I just wish US was not that far from here though. About 6 hours away would have been good, that's all! :) So it's back to sorting, storing and packing again. The one good thing that has come from our moves is clearing out stuff that ultimately was just clutter. We're nowhere near to a minimalist kinda life (or want to, for that matter) but it has helped weed out many excesses in our lives. SO here's to another round of clutter clearing and new adventures!

This rajma is along the lines of my creamy chhole. I love the taste of coconut milk in curries and rice. I sometimes parcook biryani rice in coconut milk or use it in the vegetables/egg layer and it just takes it to another level. So here's a not so humble rajma that I paired with jeera rice, jazzed up with mint and caramelized onions.

Jeera Rice and Rajma

Creamy Rajma


1 cup rajma/kidney beans
1 small onion, chopped
5-6 pods garlic, crushed & chopped
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 cup coconut milk
Whole garam masala (cardamom, cinnamon and cloves)
1 tsp jeera powder
1.5 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp sugar (optional)
1 tbsp oil
salt & red chilli powder to taste
chopped cilantro for garnish


Soak rajma overnight & cook in a pressure cooker along with the whole garam masala.
In a pan, heat oil. Add garlic and onion. Fry until golden.
Add chopped tomatoes and fry for 3-4 minutes. Add the puree and saute for another minute or two.
Mix in the coconut milk and the powders and let it come to a boil.
Cover and cook on low for 10-15 minutes.
Garnish with coriander & serve with rice.

For the Mint Jeera Rice:


1 cup raw basmati rice (washed and soaked in water for 10-15 minutes)
2 tbsp ghee (or oil) + 1 tsp for frying onion
1 heaped tsp jeera
Whole garam masala (2-3 cardamom pods, 4-5 cloves, 2" cinnamon)
3-4 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 small bunch mint leaves, washed and chopped
1 large onion, sliced
1 tbsp cashews (I skipped this but recommended)
2 cups water
Salt to taste


In a pressure cooker or a pot, heat 2 tbsp ghee. Add jeera and let it sizzle. Add the whole garam masala and sauté for a minute.
Add in the chopped garlic and mint leaves. Fry until leaves wilt.
If using pressure cooker, add the soaked rice and 2 cups of water and salt to taste. Close the lid and cook for one whistle.
If using a pot, add soaked rice and 3.5 cups of water and cook on high until boiling. Then reduce to low and cook on simmer until the rice is soft and the water has evaporated, about 25 minutes.
In the meantime, fry the sliced onion in oil, until brown. Fry cashews, if using.
Once the rice is cooked, mix with the browned onion and cashews.
Serve with any curry.


Kadhyaa said...

nice combo...looks very tasty

Sharmila said...

No! We r moving to b'lore. Have been intending to write to you. .. My fb page has been disabled by the morons and i lost your number. Was looking forward to meetinh you. Oh no. :-(

sharmila said...

Sorry. .... forgot to wish you luck. .... have a smooth move and settling down. Hugs.

Taste Junction said...

Sounds great..though never tried coconut milk in rajma, chole but then why not?? Will surely try..Have a nice resettlement.

Nupur said...

Good luck with the move! If you are moving anywhere near St. Louis, come visit us :)

That's a delicious meal right there.

Aarthi said...

This looks totally delicious..I would love to try this..Bookmarked.


Anu said...

Nice combo. looks yum

Anu said...

Happy to follow you

Ambika said...

The rajma looks delicious but I LOVE the looks of your jeera rice Vani!!!

Cham said...

Good luck Vani- I will check ur FB page where u moving -hope u have updated :)
The distance with US and India reminds my son conversation: Why India is far from US -cannot move it closer both continents :)
Delicious platter...

Spandana said...

Delicious combination. The Rajma looks really tasty and as the name says creamyy!!

Prathibha said...

Good luck wid ur move Vani...creamy rajma wid my favorite jeera rice looks delicious

notyet100 said...

Yummy combo,..will try preparing rajma this way :)

Vani said...

Thanks for the comments and wishes, all!