Malai Maar Ke!!:D :D
I always wanted to say that! I did it this time!! You know how they shout across the room in little reasturants in India "Bhai, Chai Lao malai maar ke"!!:)))("Brother,bring me a tea with cream in it!" Indian style!) Love it!! Hey! my brothers and sisters, here is my Rajma , malai maar ke!!:D:D
I wish there were some punjabi bloggers out there who would give us authentic home style punjabi dishes! This might not be authentic,(don't blame me all you real Punjabis!:D) but my addition of fennel seeds and cardamoms gives this dish that sweet and aromatic gravy,like 'Shahi'(Royal) cooking!
After Chole-Bhature from Punjab, North India, this Rajma-Parathe comes next in my fav list!! I love the taste of soft kidney beans in onion-ginger-tomato masala served with all those soft layered parathas! Heaven!! Lot of protein and fiber with carb, some fat from parathas!! Perfect meal, isn't it?:)
Rajma-Parathe was our lunch last sunday. Since I had to send Zucchini-sage dish before the 12th to Monthly Mingle, I delayed this post until now!I have also shown below the makings of some parathas which I learnt recently from a book! There are many techniques to make layered parathas!I would like to learn diff.ways of making them and always looking for new ones too!!This method is easier compared to others!
Well!! Here we go!!:)
2-3 cans of Red Kidney beans(canned are better) or 2 cups dry kidney beans soaked and cooked.Cilantro, 1/4 cup Heavy cream or half & half,1/2tsp garam masala or Rajma masala pd.(Optional)
2 onions,sliced & fried in 2tsp oil until reddish,2 big garlic cloves,1" ginger,Turmeric,1tsp paprika for color,1tsp mango pd( Amchur),1/2 cup tomato sauce,1tsp sugar,2 cloves,1" cinnamon(dalchini),little mace pd,2 tsp fennel seeds,1 tbsp coriander pd,1 tsp cumin pd,1/2 tsp cardamoms seeds pd,1/2tsp shah jeera,chilli pd,3 tbsp cooked kidney beans.
Grind all the above ingredients in a blender to a smooth paste with little water.Meanwhile,make Onion relish with thinly sliced and washed onions,paprika,lemon juice and salt.Set aside in a bowl.Drain the kidney beans liquid,wash and keep them ready, chop cilantro and keep the cream handy...Are you ready yet?!:)
Heat 1 tbsp oil and butter on medium heat, add the ground masala and fry gently until thickish and oil shows on top. Add kidney beans and 1 cup of water, simmer for 15 mins or until you get a nice aroma,shiny on top.Adjust the spices and salt now.
Pour that delicious Rajma in an attracive dish,drizzle some cream on top, garnish with little garam masala or rajma masala pd and cilantro!! Done!! As always tastes better the next day!!Serve with relish ,lemon slices and parathas! and Rice!!
After getting a thrashing by a Dilliwali Ms.Skeeter, RAJMA is always eaten with CHAWAL(Rice)in North India people!!
So, make some rice too along with some Parathas and eat up before she buries me alive!!!:))
How Do These Look, hah??!! Ready to dig in?! Not yet! Gotta make some Parathas!!:D (This recipe makes about 8-10 parathas)
Now, let's start making some of those yummy parathas!!
This Is How:
Mix 2 cups wheat flour or Atta,1 cup plain flour,1/2 tsp salt,1 tbsp canola oil,pinch of baking pd and knead to a firm dough with enough water.Divide into 6-8 golf sized balls,cover and rest for 15 mins.Never add too much water,you will mess the whole thing,takes some practice to get a firm,non-sticky dough!!
Take a ball,roll out to a 6" circle.Spray no-stick oil and sprinkle some flour on the top evenly, not too much but lightly.Fold the circle to a half moon shape,repeat with spray oil and flour.
Fold again to make a rectangle as shown in the pic.Now roll the rectangle like pinwheel fashion from one end to other to make a round and flatten a bit with layers facing upwards.Immediately after baking a paratha like below, put it in a paper towel and push it from both sides from the edges gently to release the layers!!
Gently roll out to a 4-6" circle taking care to not flatten the layers too much.Dust with little flour if you find it sticking to the rolling pin.Heat a skillet to medium heat and bake both sides to a golden specks on top.Take it out,brush with little butter(optional)and store in a tortilla warmer until you are ready to eat!!
Okay!! Now You Are Ready!! Get a Soft Drink or Lassi and ...!!;))
Here is a typical Punjabi yoghurt drink ,my style Vanilla-Mint Lassi: from the previous post! You can skip vanilla flavor and make it with plain yoghurt with sugar or salt too!!
You know what would be the perfect Punjabi dessert to end this Rajma-Parathe meal?! JALEBIS!!:)) Mmmm...!!
Are you ready to kill me off yet?!:D Okay!!Okay!! I am almost done!!
Have a fabulous weekend meal with your family!!
I can't wait for Diwali and to see all those goodies you guys are going to cook up! YAY!! Bring'em on Ladies!!:))
Hope all of you do know about this Diwali special Jihva event!!:))
BOO!! Friday The 13th today!!:D:D
October 13, 2006
Malai Maar Ke!!:D :D