Saturday, May 07, 2011

Curry-Palooza: Rajmah

As far as indian food goes, Rajmah is one of my favorite things to order when we eat out at Indian restaurants. I'm also guilty of throwing in the occasional packet of 'Gits Rajma Masala' into the grocery cart, unhealthy as it might be.

I have actually never tried  making it myself & simply presumed that I wouldn't be able to get it right. The thing about Subcontinental cooking is that some recipes seem simple and unassuming yet getting the right flavor can seem so elusive.

For this months' currypalooza I wanted to pick something flavorful yet simple that could be put together quickly. I've been back home for over two weeks but things have been so chaotic that I simply don't have the time to make anything labor-intensive in my not-yet-quite-functional kitchen. Blogger croquecamille had introduced me to the Quick Indian Cooking website and after testing out one of the other recipes there last week, I decided to pick Mallika Basu's Rajmah curry for this challenge.

Since it uses canned kidney beans, it was a snap to make this morning though I let it simmer longer than needed so that the masalas would really infuse the beans. The only down side of using canned beans is that they tend to remain quite bland regardless of how deeply flavorful the base-curry itself is. However, simmering them on low heat for almost an hour seemed to do the trick for me. And the resulting curry was almost like the one I eat at restaurants. I had been aiming for a thicker sauce and had added only just enough water to cover the beans. This was a mistake and I should have simply added more and gotten a slightly thinner sauce. That said, the flavors in this curry were spot on & we enjoyed it as part of a more elaborate indian-themed meal this evening. 

Please head over to Sage Trifle to check out Rocquie's version of this curry and for the recipe please follow this link. Currypalooza is a monthly event and we take turns picking random Indian recipes instead of following any particular book . I hope others will join us!

post-note: I've been unable to upload photos because blogger keeps telling me my post cannot be saved. I'm publishing this without them for now & will try uploading tomorrow morning.


Sage Trifle said...

I can't wait to see your photos!

Nammi said...

i love rajmah!! too bad you couldnt upload the photos :( cant wait to see them

Comfy Cook said...

I have fallen in love with Indian cooking and I agree that the seasoning is subtle and sometimes, difficult to get. I have difficulty getting kosher spices so it is double difficult.

I feel badly about your not being able to bake. Baking is therapeutic for me.

Sage Trifle said...

Yours looks much better than mine, of course. And thanks for adding all the feedback in your comment on my blog.

croquecamille said...

So sorry I couldn't participate this month! I finally am getting set up in the new apartment, and guess what one of the first things I cooked was? Indian food! :)

Beth said...

This really looks great. I've never ordered it before but now I'll look for it.

How was your trip to France?

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Fantastic curry!
Love Rajmah too specially if as delicious as this one!
What is this challenge u talk about , its a monthly Indian food challenge and if yes , where would i get the links?
happy day with love!

Kim said...

I canned chili tonight. I wish I'd made a twist on it with some of these spices. I think curry chili would be fantastic. Ah well. Next time.


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