Palak rajma Masala is a popular north Indian curry prepared with red kidney beans and spinach cooked together with spices. Palak rajma masala is aromatic, flavorful, thick gravy based dish that tastes extremely well eaten with naan, roti, chapatti or rice. Rajma and palak together is a power packed healthy and nutritious dish that must be included in our everyday healthy diet.
Palak which is popularly known as Spinach is a well known green leafy vegetable especially known among kids as they would relate it with their popular cartoon idol “Popeye the Sailor” and his can of spinach for instant strength and energy. Rajma or Red kidney beans is a often used in preparing Rajma Chawal, an exotic, spicy rice and curry preparation from the north Indian cuisine. Red kidney beans are extensively used in Mexican cuisine.
Kidney beans are very nutritious. They are, however, harder to digest than other beans, which is why they’re traditionally cooked with seasonings that help break them down, such as ginger. Use spices that are as fresh as possible–their health benefits, let alone their flavors, will be more potent that way.
Rajma is a very famous and common ingredient of north Indian meals. It does not have its origin in India but was brought from Mexico. It is generally consumed along with rice. Packed with proteins, soluble fiber, carbohydrates, folate, iron, manganese, zinc and more, this recipe is ideal for people who want to control cholesterol. Even though, this dish is heavy, it tastes good and is nutritious as well. In addition, it is very easy to prepare, consumes less oil and can make a meal complete.
This curry can be prepared with dried or canned kidney beans. It can be consumed along with Indian flat bread, crackers or long grained rice. Similar to other beans, red kidney beans is high in starch, protein and dietary fiber and is an excellent source of iron, potassium, selenium, molybdenum, thiamine, vitamin B6 and folic acid. Dried beans are almost always cooked by boiling, often after having been soaked for several hours. To try this awesome and delectable Palak Rajma Masala, do check the video and enjoy preparing for your family and friends:
Recipe of Palak Rajma Masala:
- Rajma - 200 gms
- Turmeric powder - pinch
- Garam masala pd - 1 tsp
- Green chilli paste - 1 tbsp
- Salt - to taste
- Onion, chopped - 1 no
- Ginger garlic - 1 tsp
- Cumin seeds - ½ tsp
- Oil - 2 tbsp
- Spinach, chopped - 1 cup
- Coriander pd - 1 tsp
- Tomato puree - ½ cup
- Heat oil in a pan and when it becomes hot, add cumin seeds, chopped ginger and garlic and sauté well till the raw flavours are gone.
- Add chopped onions, salt, turmeric powder and cook till the onions are slightly golden in color.
- Add green chilli paste and sauté well. Add garam masala pd, coriander pd, tomato puree and mix well.
- Cover the pan with a lid and allow cooking for 5 minutes.
- Add boiled rajma, mix well.
- Cover the pan with the lid and cook for few minutes. Add chopped spinach and cook for some time and switch off the flame.
- Serve with rice or chapatti.
In India, Spinach is extensively used in making a variety of dishes. It is commonly known as Palak or palak koora. Palak when added to lentils or other veggies gives amazing taste and flavor. Palak is highly nutritious and contains vitamins A, C as well as folate and iron. Spinach is a versatile ingredient and can be added to any vegetarian or non-vegetarian dish. Some of the popular dishes include palak dal, palak paneer, palak gosht, palak pakoda etc. Do encourage your kids in eating healthy and nutritious dishes.
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