Cooking time (approx.): 30 minutes
Style: North Indian Vegetarian (Punjabi)
2 cups red kidney beans soaked overnight
4 cups water
2 medium onions finely chopped
2 bay leaves (optional)
1 tablespoon each of finely chopped ginger and garlic
1 teaspoon each of asafoetida and turmeric powders
1 teaspoons cumin seeds
2 teaspoons red chilli powder
2 big tomatoes finely chopped
1 teaspoon each of hot spice mix (garam masala) and cumin powders
2 tablespoons coriander powder
3 tablespoons oil
salt to taste
finely chopped coriander leaves for garnishing
Drain the soaked red kidney beans and wash them well. Place them in a pressure cooker (for speedy cooking). Add the water and some salt. Close the cooker and cook on high level. After one whistle, cook on low level for about 10 minutes or till the beans are soft.
Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed pan on medium level and crackle the cumin seeds. Add the bay leaves (optional), asafoetida and chopped ginger-garlic. Fry briefly. Add the chopped onions and fry till they are golden brown. Add all the spice powders except hot spice mix. Add the chopped tomatoes. Fry till the oil separates. Add the cooked red kidney beans along with its stock, sprinkle salt mix well and cook on medium level for about 15 minutes.
Add the hot spice mix. Cover and cook on medium level for about 5 minutes.
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