Rajma n Baby Aloo Masala!

I was very glad knowing that everybody loved the MLLA roundup. Its been a real pleasure going through all those lovely entries. I thought I should take couple days away but few events came up and I didn’t want to miss them too.

Another note, as the saying goes motivation works wonders. And I was surprised that not many land up in my Spice your Life blog when I update the content. Do take a min to check on that blog as it really needs lot of attention and I don’t want to stop updating for lack of readers.

Things had been hectic on home front, with the boys getting up along with me. Which doesn’t give me any space to proceed with cooking. We are struggling hard to work around that. Konda had her annual cultures, in which she was part of a dance. The practice was going on for a week or so, after schools hours. Then the D day was on 10th. I had to take a day off for the program. As things always turn out at least expected way, we got a call from the boy’s play school, that Peddu was crying, asking for Mummy. We had to rush in to get him. He was all smiles seeing me. He was running a low temperature, was ok after awhile. So in the end, Athamma couldn’t attend Konda’s program. I had gone early on to get her ready. All the kids were jumping around, its really so interesting and exciting being in a school. I feel I was just out of school myself, and seeing my child surprises me that so many years have passed off, without us noticing it much! The fact is, we never take a minute to pause and understand what we are doing.

Being with the kids was pure fun. Seeing how Konda’s friends were treating her was nice. I got her ready and feed. Though I am not very keen on makeup, she wanted eye shadows and rouge applied. She was mighty happy when her friend’s Mom offered to do on her. When I said this to hubby dear, he said from next year, he will go for her dressing up.Well father daughter are one thick pals in all plots! Hubby dear was on time for her program. All the dance and drama were done so exceptionally well. Kids these days are really so talented.

Well coming to today’s post, its Rajma with Baby Aloo Masala. Athamma is very fond of Rajma and for ever keeps asking me for it every month. I make sure I remember it. So this is a special one for her.

Ingredients Needed:

Rajma – 200 gms
Baby Potatoes – 3- 4
Onions – 2 medium
Tomatoes – 2
Ginger Garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
Chili powder – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp
Fennel Powder – 1/4 tsp
Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Salt to taste
Oil – 2 tsp
Coriander leaves for garnish.

Method to prepare:

Soak Rajma overnight. Wash and then Pressure cook till its tender. Peel baby potatoes and pressure cook till tender. The best way to pressure cook both is, put Rajma on pressure till almost done, once pressure is off, add the baby aloo and cook. This way both gets well done.

Make a paste of onions, and all spices along with ginger garlic paste.

Heat a pan with oil, sautรฉ above paste till the oil comes out. Then add finely chopped tomatoes and simmer till the tomatoes are well combined. Add the cooked Rajma and Aloo, simmer till the beans and aloo get the masala into it.

Then add a cup of water and bring to boil. Then simmer again till you get a good consistency. Add finely chopped coriander leaves and serve!


Sending this to Alka for her Just for you
and to Susan for her MLLA – 8th helping.

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24 comments

  1. hi valli,
    Reading about ur children school dances, programmes……I really am missing bangalore…..here nothing is their, no cultural programmes, no extra curricular activities as my children used to participate in India so sad…comming to the post, after chettinadu cooking i liked fennel in cooking dishes it really adds a flavour, will try this….

  2. Rajma are my fav. too.But somehow they don’t taste that gr8 and creamy when i make it,as they do when mom makes same.
    Maybe trying out ur way ,will help me to get it as good as it shud be
    Thnks for yet another entry….I am loving it ๐Ÿ™‚

    And hey,i can imagine all the anxiety and fun tht kids go thru during such school functions.Won’t we feel so proud of them ,when we see them perform on stage?

  3. Looks like you all had a a great time in her school. She wants makeup already, they grow up fast!! ;D

    Rajma and aloo masala looks yumilicious. Great entry.

  4. revisiting the childhood days after reading your blog ๐Ÿ™‚ wow lovely funfilled days so full of excitement!!…miss those days.
    Rajma aloo masala looks delicious ๐Ÿ™‚ the pictures are nice it made me drool!!!..lol
    TC

  5. Hi,

    Thanks for the whole lot of recipes you have here. Been visiting your blog for the last couple of months and I must admit, I am an addict now. Have tried out few of your dishes – Paneer butter masala, dal makhani, naan and spicy dals. They have come out really well. I am not a great cook although I love cooking, so your blogs have been my school! Thanks again and keep the recipes coming in.

    Regards
    -Me

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