Instant Pot Rajmah: Punjabi Curried Kidney Beans

December 10, 2020

Instant Pot Rajmah: Punjabi Curried Kidney Beans - Indian As Apple Pie

 

Instant Pot Rajmah: Punjabi Curried Kidney Beans

Oh Rajmah, how can I even begin to do you justice? And, how can I even begin to tell all of you how critical this dish is to a Punjabi home? Every Punjabi I know has a story about Rajmah (Kidney bean curry). One relative ate it in his school dorm every weekend doled out over rice with a side of curds. It wasn't as good as home, but it was rajmah. My dear friend from graduate school in Hawaii was so homesick for Delhi that he tried to replicate his mom's version adding ketchup instead of tomatoes that he did not have handy at the time. My girls when they were young were asked by their pediatrician what their favorite food was, and they screamed in unison 'Rajmah!' Our doctor promptly asked me to get her a recipe ASAP for whatever it was - it 'sounded good'.  

Oh, and did I mention that in my circle I'm known as the Rajmah Queen? My rajmah is beyond good. It's creamy. It's flavorful. It's spicy. It's perfect over rice with a side of crunchy, lemony onions. This incredibly high bar was why it was so difficult to translate my recipe on page 83 of my book The Indian Slow Cooker to the Instant Pot. I would try and my 17-year-old would cry. Yes, I checked. There were real tears. She detested the IP version. Somehow it was not flavorful or creamy enough. But, I think I cracked the code! I tested my new version for a 3Q, 6Q, and an 8Q and man was it a hit! This was the first perfected recipe for my first cookbook for the slow cooker and now I feel like I can truly launch testing for my next cookbook, The Indian Instant Pot. Give it a try and tell me what you think. If you want to watch me make it, head to my Facebook page for my Live class by clicking here. Not to worry, I'll be videotaping a shorter more concise video for YouTube as well. 

Oh, and if you have a rajmah story, share it with us in the comment section. Oh, rajmah. I am obsessed with you! 

Rajmah

Pressure Cooker Size: 3 quart or larger
Warm Up: 17 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes *
Cool Down: 10 minutes natural release + manual release 
TOTAL: Soak time + 1 hour 2 minutes + manual release time
Makes: 6 cups
The longer this dish cooks the more beautifully creamy it gets. If you have the time, increase the cook time to 45 minutes. 

2 cups rajmah (dried red kidney beans), picked over and washed
2 teaspoons oil or ghee
1 pinch hing (asafoetida) (optional)
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
4 cloves
1 (2-inch) cinnamon stick
1 black cardamom pod 
1 small yellow or red onion, minced
1 (1-inch) piece ginger, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-3 Thai or serrano chiles, stems removed and thinly sliced
1 small tomato, diced or pureed
2 tablespoons unsalted tomato paste
1 tablespoon garam masala
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon amchur (dried mango powder)
2 teaspoons red chile powder or cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon salt
3 cups water
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish

1. Soak the rajmah in boiled, hot water for at least 1 hour or in room temperature water for 6 hours to overnight. Drain and discard the water. 

2. Place the inner pot in your Instant Pot. Select the SAUTE setting and adjust to MORE. When the indicator flashes HOT, add the oil. Once the oil is hot, add the hing and cumin. Stir and cook for 40 seconds until the seeds are reddish brown. Because the oil pools to the sides, push the spices into the oil along the border so they can cook fully.

3. Add the turmeric. Stir and cook for 30 seconds.

4. Add the cloves, cinnamon, and cardamom. Stir and cook for 30 seconds.

5. Carefully add the onion. Stir and cook for 1 minute. 

6. Add the ginger, garlic, and fresh chiles. Stir and cook for 1 minute. 

7. Press CANCEL. Add the tomato, tomato paste, garam masala, coriander, amchur, red chile, salt, rajmah and water. Stir.

8. Lock the lid into place and make sure the pressure release valve is set to the sealing position (upwards). Press the PRESSURE COOK button and then press the PRESSURE LEVEL button until the panel reads HIGH. Adjust the cook time to 35 minutes (Or 45 minute - see notes above). 

9. Once the cooking is complete, release the pressure naturally for 10 minutes. Then, manually release the remaining pressure, press CANCEL, and remove the lid. Remove and discard the cinnamon and cardamom or leave them in for flavor and eat around them. You can mash some of the beans with the back of a spatula. I leave the cloves in, but you can also remove them. All of the other spices are edible. Garnish with the cilantro and serve over basmati rice with a side of raita (spiced yogurt) and slices of raw onion. 

Watch how I soak my rajmah:  

Want to cut out the chopping and grinding? Just sub our punjabi masala for the onion/ginger/garlic and the turmeric. We did all the work for you. This is the exact way to use our curry starter most effectively, and the taste level has been approved by the very picky foodies that I live with - my kids! 

Punjabi Masala Rajmah

Pressure Cooker Size: 3 quart or larger
Warm Up: 17 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes *
Cool Down: 10 minutes natural release + manual release 
TOTAL: Soak time + 1 hour 2 minutes + manual release time
Makes: 6 cups
The longer this dish cooks the more beautifully creamy it gets. If you have the time, increase the cook time to 45 minutes. 

2 cups rajmah (dried red kidney beans), picked over and washed
2 teaspoons oil or ghee
1 pinch hing (asafoetida) (optional)
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
4 cloves
1 (2-inch) cinnamon stick
1 black cardamom pod
1 small tomato, diced or pureed
2 tablespoons unsalted tomato paste
1-3 Thai or serrano chiles, stems removed and thinly sliced
1/2 cup Indian As Apple Pie punjabi masala
1 tablespoon garam masala
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon amchur (dried mango powder)
2 teaspoons red chile powder or cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon salt
3 cups water
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish

1. Soak the rajmah in boiled, hot water for at least 1 hour or in room temperature water for 6 hours to overnight. Drain and discard the water. 

2. Place the inner pot in your Instant Pot. Select the SAUTE setting and adjust to MORE. When the indicator flashes HOT, add the oil. Once the oil is hot, add the hing and cumin. Stir and cook for 40 seconds until the seeds are reddish brown. Because the oil pools to the sides, push the spices into the oil along the border so they can cook fully.

3. Add the cloves, cinnamon, and cardamom. Stir and cook for 30 seconds.

4. Add the tomato, tomato paste, and fresh chiles. Stir and cook for 1 minute. 

5. Add the punjabi masala. Stir and cook for 1 minute. 

6. Add the garam masala, coriander, amchur, red chile, salt, rajmah and water. Stir.

7. Lock the lid into place and make sure the pressure release valve is set to the sealing position (upwards). Press the PRESSURE COOK button and then press the PRESSURE LEVEL button until the panel reads HIGH. Adjust the cook time to 35 minutes (Or 45 minute - see notes above). 

8. Once the cooking is complete, release the pressure naturally for 10 minutes. Then, manually release the remaining pressure, press CANCEL, and remove the lid. Remove and discard the cinnamon and cardamom or leave them in for flavor and eat around them. You can mash some of the beans with the back of a spatula. I leave the cloves in, but you can also remove them. All of the other spices are edible. Garnish with the cilantro and serve over basmati rice with a side of raita (spiced yogurt) and slices of raw onion. 

Watch me make it! While slightly long, this video takes you through each step slowly. To fast forward watch it on YouTube so that you can fast forward and rewind more easily, just click here to head to my page.  




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