Great taste, but I thought the sauce was too thin. I would try pureeing some of it next time.
Curried Red Kidney Beans and Cauliflower (Rajma Masala)
This Indian-inspired curried bean dish makes for a hearty vegetarian meal, especially when served with a helping of brown rice. The red kidney beans boast a host of nutritional benefits; the ginger helps your body make the most of those benefits.
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- Calories: 281
- Calories from fat: 22%
- Protein: 15g
- Fat: 6.9g
- Saturated fat: 0.9g
- Carbohydrate: 42g
- Fiber: 7.1g
- Sodium: 437mg
- Cholesterol: 0.0mg
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 cinnamon stick (2-in.)
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
- 1 tablespoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon fennel
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 3 green cardamom pods, cracked open
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
- 1 can (14.5-oz.) whole peeled plum tomatoes, without juice
- 1 serrano chile, stemmed, seeded, and minced
- About 1 tsp. salt
- 6 cups cooked red kidney beans (about four 14-oz. cans), rinsed and drained
- 1/2 head cauliflower, cut into 1/2- to 1-in. florets
- 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro sprigs, coarsely chopped
- 6 to 8 cups hot cooked brown rice (see Notes)
- 1. Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed 4- to 5-qt. pot or saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and fry, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly softened. Stir in cinnamon, bay leaf, garlic, ginger, fennel, cumin, and cardamom and fry, stirring, 2 minutes. Add cayenne, coriander, turmeric, and garam masala and fry, stirring, 1 minute. Shred tomatoes into pot with your fingers. Stir in serrano chile, salt, kidney beans, cauliflower, and 1 1/2 cups water. Lower heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes, or until cauliflower is tender and liquid has thickened into a velvety-looking sauce (add more water if necessary).
- 2. Season beans with salt. Stir in lemon juice and cilantro. Serve hot over brown rice, with plain yogurt on the side if you like.
- Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving of curry.
Garam masala is a mixture of warming spices; find it at Indian grocery stores or gourmet groceries. Use spices that are as fresh as possible--their health benefits, let alone their flavors, will be more potent that way.
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