Very often Indian food is mistaken for the spicy, burning hot, outlandishly creamy curries that often get popularised. In fact simple stews are what most of the home-based cooking relies on. No doubt we do create some wonderfully creamy textures, but honestly, they are occasional and not every day. For an everyday vegetarian recipe, we rely on soup style, bean-based curries and pair it with a cooked grain and very often with a side salad. This makes it a whole combo of filling and healthy recipes.
If you are reading this blog and not finding the abundance of restaurant-style recipes it just because it doesn’t happen often in my kitchen. For me, the simple logic is to leave the restaurant-style ones to the restaurant who does the justice to that dish better than a whole lot of cooking at home. Don’t give up on me yet!! if you are looking for a restaurant-style recipe… Try this dal tadka or dhaba style rajma curry
Coming back to home cooking
The stews and soups which form a great part of the winter recipes are not just comforting, they are nourishing… Move over, don’t get that winter weight on as it is perfectly ridiculous trying to put your body through a huge summer effort. My plan is to eat wisely all through the year and have that occasional indulgence to the restaurant.
With the current global pandemic scene, it is indeed best to spend time with loved ones at home and create the ease of being comfortable. it is definitely useful to keep smaller close knits groups than help to spread the dreadfulness. Simple curries and stew recipes like these help to create the nourishment needed.
To this rajma curry recipe
Kidney beans are one of the most loved beans all around the world. Whether you get the deep red ones, the Kashmiri style smaller ones or the cranberry kidney beans they all work perfectly in this recipe. The nutritive value and Vitamin content in the beans are the ones they are highly-priced for.
I love how melons add the softness and water content to a curry. As watermelons rare currently precious and vegetables and fresh produce an even more calculated buy, guess what I price the most watermelon rind. With the world going crazy currently buying all the stock, improvise is my plan. Hence this watermelon rind does the perfect job replacing the melon for me. If you don’t have both go for the pumpkin in this recipe.
Here are a couple of watermelon based recipes
Thogayal – vegetable chutney with watermelon rind
Sherbet for summer
To enjoy this rajma curry in my home thali ( meal) I like quinoa or kalonji pulao, carrot salad and rice fritters (arisikaruvadam).
Enjoy a lighter and tangy Indian curry rice today without all that heavy-duty greasy masala. In the light of current global pandemic, the turmeric, fennel, garlic and ginger may help us in building some natural preventive immunity. Good old spice power to the rescue!!!
Stay safe and see you soon