Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Rajma & Jeera Chawal - Punjabi Special

Punjab, a state from Northern India and shares its border with Himachal Pradesh,Haryana and Rajasthan in east,south and southwest and Paksitani province of Punjab in the west.Their cuisine is well known for the varieties of foods. Staple food of a Punjabi is chappathi or roti, they use different wheat in making them and use rice only for special occasions. Some Punjabis are strictly vegetarian while a group of Punjabis consumes non vegetarian foods. You will be able to taste varieties of spices in homemade foods while the foods cooked in Punjabi restaurants aka dhabbas will be filled with cream and butter. Since rotis are the staple food of Punjabis they use either wheat or maize,they consume dals like yellow moongdal and black gram in their cuisine often. Milk based dishes are very popular in Punjabi food. This cuisine will also have rustivc touch,in rural areas people will use tandoors to cook their dishes,this method of cooking food gives a fabulous taste and hence tandoor dishes are world famous dishes liked by many peoples around the world.

Punjabi foods are rich in proteins and the famous dishes prepared with pulses,beans and legumes are Dal Makhani,choley,Dal Amritsari,Rajma, Sarson da saag,while the famous breads are Naans,parathas,Kulcha, Tandoori roti, Pulka. Do you know the popular combination dishes of Punjab?, Sarson do saag with makki ke rotis (mustard greens with corn roti), Bhatura and pindi chole (puffy maida puri with channa) Rajma with Jeera chawal (red kidney beans with cumin rice) Aloo paratha with dahi (potato paratha with curd) Dal Makhani with tandoori roti (black gram& red beans curry with roti cooked in tandoor oven). Their food is not complete with pickle,salad and definitely lassi. Punjabis are font of breads,but still they cook rice to have with rajma or just flavor them with cumin,fried onions. During winter, rice is cooked like a sweet dish with jaggery, sugar cane juic and this dish is calle Rao ki kheer.I picked a traditional Punjabi dish Rajma, which i served with cumin rice for our lunch. Both makes a prefect pair and we had a satisfying lunch.


Cumin Rice/Jeera Chawal:
 1cup Rice
1tsp Cumin seeds
1no Bay leaf
1no Black cardamom
Salt
2cups Water
Oil

Soak the washed rice in water for half an hour, drain the rice.

Heat oil in a pan, fry the bayleaf, black cardamom.

Add the cumin seeds and fry until they turns brown.

Now add the rice and fry for few minutes, add the 2cups of water,salt and cook in medium flame until the rice gets cooked.

Put off the stove, keep aside.


Recipe Source: Sanjeev Kapoor
1cup Red kidney beans (soaked overnite)
2nos Onions (chopped)
3nos Tomatoes (chopped)
1inch Ginger (chopped)
6nos Garlic cloves (chopped)
1tbsp Coriander powder
1tsp Chilly powder
1/4tsp Turmeric powwder
1tsp Cumin powder
Salt
Oil
1tsp Garam masala powder
Chopped coriander leaves

Pressure cook the rajma with 4cups of water upto 3whistles.

Heat enough oil in a pan, add the bayleaves, fry it, add the chopped onions and cook until they turns golden.

Add the chopped ginger,garlic,cook for few minutes.

Add the spice powder and cook, now add the tomatoes,salt and cook until the tomatoes gets cooked.

Add the rajma with the cooked water, cook in low flame for few minutes.

Now add the garam masala, cook for few more mintues.

Put off the stove, add the coriander leaves and serve hot.

41 comments:

Suja Manoj said... Reply To This Comment

Filling and yummy meal,healthy combo.

Torviewtoronto said... Reply To This Comment

deliciously done

Srivalli said... Reply To This Comment

Do you mean to say you have not done Jeera Pulao till now??..oh my..:))..anyway this combo looks awesome..

Swasthi B said... Reply To This Comment

delicious Priya. Loved the combo

Sathya Priya said... Reply To This Comment

oh mouth watering rice n rajma curry ...looks so so good

Maha Gadde said... Reply To This Comment

aromatic rice n healthy rajma..nice.

Kannada Cuisine said... Reply To This Comment

Beautiful pictures Priya

Suja Md said... Reply To This Comment

Super Priya!! Perfect combo rajma and the rice!! your clicks are awesome!!

AparnaRajeshkumar said... Reply To This Comment

my all time favorite combo !

The Pumpkin Farm said... Reply To This Comment

such pretty colors, i know of punjabis who would give an arm or leg for this meal in mumbai

Suma Gandlur said... Reply To This Comment

One of the comfort food combo from a Punjabi kitchen. Looks good.

Hamaree Rasoi said... Reply To This Comment

This is my all time favourite North Indian dish.
Deepa

Rafeeda AR said... Reply To This Comment

awesome comfort meal...

kitchen flavours said... Reply To This Comment

Both the rice and the rajma looks really delicious!

Sweta Biswal said... Reply To This Comment

I can have this every single day!!

Sweta Biswal said... Reply To This Comment

Excellent recipe!! Yummy!

Sayantani said... Reply To This Comment

alltime comfort food. love the colour on the rajma

Janani said... Reply To This Comment

Oh wow yummy I am drooling here love rajma a lot

Kalpana Sareesh said... Reply To This Comment

indha rajamma naale my husband runs off kaa.. but i like it so much.. m gonna make it once he leaves for his office trip.. yummyy

Gita Jaishankar said... Reply To This Comment

This combo is the absolute comfort food Priya...looks too good!

Kaveri Venkatesh said... Reply To This Comment

Love this combo..Very tempting

Finla said... Reply To This Comment

Looks so good and love the vibrant color

Nammi said... Reply To This Comment

I am coming over to eat at your place :)

Veena Theagarajan said... Reply To This Comment

delicious curry.. Love the color

Nadji K. said... Reply To This Comment

Un mélange de saveurs qui donne faim.
C'est noté.
A bientôt

Nivedhanams Sowmya said... Reply To This Comment

delicious and yummy combo!!! there a small 'f' missing in the second para second line where it says amous instead of famous!!!

Love the color Priya - so beautiful!!

Sundari Nathan said... Reply To This Comment

Lovely combo, my all time favourite!!!

Gloria said... Reply To This Comment

the best combo..love them both..yours look so yummy ..as though I'm in a restaurant...

Rebecca Subbiah said... Reply To This Comment

wonderful meal love the rice with the jeera

Julie said... Reply To This Comment

authentic and filling combo dear..yummy!!!

Vidhya Iyer said... Reply To This Comment

memories for me from Delhi. Both the dishes look delicious.

Varadas Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

Rajma Chawal the classic combination. Both dishes turned out perfect.

Pavani N said... Reply To This Comment

WOW, that rajma looks so bright and appetizing. Both the dishes have turned out perfect.

Harini-Jaya R said... Reply To This Comment

Love this combo, just had this at my friend's place. It is a typical combo in Punjabi households.

Nalini's Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

Such a classic combo,loved the vibrant color of the rajma curry...

Usha Rao said... Reply To This Comment

Nice combination! Both rice and rajma look delicious.

Padmajha PJ said... Reply To This Comment

This is such a classic combo Priya. Love the color of Rajma curry...

Chef Mireille said... Reply To This Comment

what a perfect comfort food

Manjula Bharath said... Reply To This Comment

wow thats an irresistible combo aks , looks very delish and making me hungry , i wud love too to finish them all now !!

Archana Potdar said... Reply To This Comment

Hai! Your pics are killing me. Love the reciep and the pics.

Jayanthi Padmanabhan said... Reply To This Comment

such a classic punjabi combo.. wonderfully made