Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Rajma pulao

There, I said it. Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness hasn't lived through a Chennai summer. There's nothing that I like about these hot and humid days......sweat, dirt, grime, crankiness - this is what I associate with summer. Why is my part of the world so hot and humid when others are flooded with rain? Give me cool rains or a cold winter any day.
I love the mangoes and the jackfruits that grow in summer, but NOT THE HEAT.
That said, here is a recipe for rajma pulao that I saw on a TV show and recreated at home. What I like about this recipe is that it uses none of those spices like cardamom, clove or cinnamon which are usually used in abundance in any kind of pulao.
What you need:
Rajma(Red kidney beans) - 1 cup (soaked in plenty of water for 6-8 hours)
Onion - 1, chopped fine
Tomato - 2, chopped
Green chillies - 2 or 3
Ginger - a small piece, chopped fine
Garlic - a few cloves, chopped
Coconut milk - 1 cup
Rice - 1 cup
Salt - to taste
Chopped cauliflower - 1/2 cup(Finely chopped capsicum can also be added)
Corriander leaves - to garnish
Red chilli powder - to taste

Add salt to rajma and cook it in the water in which you soaked it. Once cooked, drain the water and set it aside.
Add 1 cup of coconut milk and 1.5 cups of water in which the rajma was cooked to the rice. Add a little bit of salt and cook in a pressure cooker for two whistles.
Heat a tsp of oil in a pan. Add some cumin seeds to it. When it sputters, add the green chillies, ginger, and garlic and fry. Then add the onions and saute until pinkish. Stir in the tomatoes and the cauliflower and fry well. Add the cooked rajma and some salt. Heat until all the moisture is absorbed.
Stir in the cooked rice. Mix well. Garnish with corriander leaves.

Will I be making this again???
That's a definite YES!!!
This is a wholesome and tasty pulao which does not require any accompaniment. The rajma water gives the rice a beautiful pinkish brown colour. The kidney beans, coconut milk and chillies combine to give the rice a very different and unique flavour and aroma.

This is my entry to the 13th edition of My Legume Love Affair, and event started by Susan of the Well Seasoned Cook and currently hosted by Sunshine Mom of Tongue Ticklers.

Though this was made on the stove top, it can be easily adapted to be made in the microwave. I would suggest using canned kidney beans if you are going to make it in the microwave. So, off it goes to Ramya who is hosting MEC - Protein rich food.
MEC is an event that attempts to show how easy it is to cook everyday food in the microwave and was started by Srivalli.


Prema Sundar said...

Yeh true... I know abt the chennai heat...
Rajma pulao with cauliflower sounds interesting... different combo and sure it tastes good.

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Truly tasty!

bindiya said...

We make Rajma and rice separately, but this is fab, a one pot meal!

jayasree said...

Though we crib abt summer here, atleast we have the rains to look forward to.

This was aired recently in a tv show isn't it? I too watched it now and then, so cld not note down the ingredients. Now I can come here.

Regd the parikkai curry, you right, it resembles more of our pitlai with out parippu.

Bharathy said...

very intersting combo..rajma pulao along with a touch of coconut milk...I love coconut milk in any pulao..Variety rice with no accompaniments serve me the best for Saturdays...
Bookmarked!! :)

Vibaas said...

sounds simple and yum. lovely recipe :)

Anonymous said...

Lovely color...!
Nice presentation!
Tnx for sharing this healthy Pulao...must try

Sunshinemom said...

Thank you, Jayshree! This is a delicious pulao:)

Pavithra Kodical said...

Never thought of Rajma pulao. Looks delicious,will surely try this.