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Rajma coconut pulao

Spiced Rajma Pulao is a delectable recipe of rice simmered in spices and red kidney beans. Combining the red kidney beans along with rice and spices makes this pulao wholesome and nutritious. . The Kidney Beans are one of the few beans that easily absorb the spices thrown into it and it dresses the Pulao deliciously.
Yields-2 servings
Preparation time-20-25 minutes
Soaking time-6-8 hours/overnight
Cooking time-25-30 minutes

  • Brown rice-1cup
  • Red kidney beans/rajma1cup
  • Coconut milk-1cup
  • Desiccated coconut-3-4tbsp (substitute with grated fresh/dry coconut)
  • Chopped onion-1 medium
  • Chopped garlic-3 cloves
  • Chopped ginger-1 tbsp
  • Bay leaf-1 num
  • Cloves-3
  • Cinnamon-1 inch stick
  • Cardamom pods-2
  • Dried fenugreek leaves/kasoori methi-1tbsp
  • Oil-1tbsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Chopped coriander- for garnishing
Preparation step:
  • Rinse and soak red kidney beans/rajma with enough water for 6-8 hours or overnight.
  • Once soaked well, cook the beans in the pressure cooker for 3-4 whistles with 1/2tsp salt.
  • Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid, drain and set aside.
  • Wash and soak brown rice for 20-30 minutes, after soaking time drain and set aside.
For the pulao:
  • Heat oil in a saucepan add in kasuri methi, bay leaf, whole spices (cinnamon, cloves, cardamom), ginger, garlic and stir fry for few seconds until its aromatic.
  • Now add onion and fry for 2-3 minutes/until transparent.
  • Add desiccated coconut, soaked and drained rice and fry for couple of minutes.
  • Add coconut milk, 1 cup of water, salt and bring it to boil.
  • Once it comes to boil lower the flame to medium , add cooked red kidney beans mix well, cover the lid and cook until the rice is fluffy and has been absorbed the liquid.
  • Turn off the flame and let the rajma pulao rest for 5 minutes.
  • Finally garnish with coriander
  • Can substitute dry kidney beans with the canned beans- just make sure to rinse and wash thoroughly
  • Rice can also be cooked in pressure cooker

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