Monday, April 26, 2010

Comfort Food - Rajma Chawal

I know the pictures are terrible but in my defense it was a lazy Sunday evening with the smell of comforting Rajma and Jeera rice filling my kitchen and I did not have the motivation to go and grab my camera or improve the lighting before I clicked it with my IPhone. Thanks to Neha for inspiring me to make this Rajma Chawal. I declare her Rajma as the best I have ever tasted on this earth and this was my attempt to recreate it in my own way.

Rajma Recipe

  1. Kidney Beans - 2 cups, soaked overnight
  2. Yellow Onion - 1 large, finely chopped
  3. Tomatoes - 2, finely chopped
  4. Oil - 2 tsps
  5. Cloves - 2-3
  6. Cardamom - 2
  7. Star Anise - 1
  8. Cinnamon - 1/4th inch piece
  9. Bay leaf - 1
  10. Ginger paste - 1 tsp
  11. Garlic paste - 1 tsp
  12. Jeera powder - 2 tsps
  13. Dhania powder - 1 tsp
  14. Garam masala - 1/4th tsp
  15. Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  16. Corriander - 2 cups, chopped
  17. Green chillies - 2 slit whole
  18. Curry leaves - 4/5
  19. Salt

  1. Heat oil in a pressure pan and add the cloves, cinnamon, star anise, cardamom and bay leaves. Roast until you can smell the aroma.
  2. Add the green chillies and curry leaves and saute for q min.
  3. Add the onions and saute until they are soft.
  4. Add the ginger paste and garlic paste and cook for 2 mins.
  5. Now add tomatoes and the jeera powder, dhania powder, red chilli powder, garam masala and salt. Cook until the tomatoes soften.
  6. Now add the rajma and water and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles (more if you have not soaked for long).
  7. Top off with the fresh corrainder and enjoy with jeera rice.

For jeera rice, refer to my previous post here.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Homemade Chai Masala Recipe and Chinese Blossom Tea

What can be better than a hot cup of masala chai when it is raining outside and you can smell the fresh scent of the earth when you open your windows! I got this chai masala recipe from my dear friend Hetvi and I am the biggest fan of her tea:) I make this in huge batches so that I can share the love with my friends:)

Chai Masala Recipe:

  1. Green Cardamom - 1 cup
  2. Whole black pepper - 1 cup
  3. Ginger powder - 2 cups
  4. Cinnamon sticks - 1/4th cup
  5. Cloves - 1/4th cup

Grind all the above ingredients and mix them. Store in an airtight jar.

While we are on the topic of tea, I tasted some Chinese blossom tea at House of Nanking in SF this weekend. It was very weird at first. It is a green colored liquid with a flower bud dropped inside. The bud slowly opens up as it absorbs the heat and blossoms into a full blown flower. Its beautiful:)

I also had an amazing cup of cappuccino at Steps of Rome, one of my favorite dessert places in the city. This cup was paired with some espresso creme brulee.