Cabbage cooked with capsicum and Rajma (kidney beans)

Cabbage cooked with capsicum and Rajma (kidney beans)

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This recipe is a bit spicy because it assumes you are eating it with roti or dal and chawal. Kidney beans are a great plant based source of protein. They’re also rich in various minerals, vitamins, fibers, antioxidants, and other unique plant compounds. Therefore, these beans may aid weight loss, promote colon health, and moderate blood sugar.

Cabbage – 400 grams after cleaning and removing the rib of each leaf
Capsicum – two large
Kidney beans or Rajma – 120 grams
Onions – one large sliced finely
Tomato – one large sliced finely
Curry leaves – two large sprigs
Green chillies – four, minced
Garlic cloves – eight, minced
Turmeric – 1/2 teaspoon
Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon
Pepper corns – 1/2 teaspoon crushed coarsely
Salt to taste
Oil as required

Soak the kidney beans overnight and change the water. Add double the quantity of water with salt to taste along with the kidney beans to a pressure cooker and give it 14 whistles. Strain and set beans aside. Reserve stock

In a large pan (take this tip seriously) heat mustard oil or any refined oil and heat till it is almost smoking.(Never smoke your oil). Now add the mustard seeds and allow them to crackle. Add the garlic, chillies and curry leaves and allow the garlic to brown. Add the onions and tomatoes and allow this to fry for a minute.

Now add the turmeric, salt  (careful with this as we will be adding the stock which also has salt) and the pepper powder. Give this a stir. Now add the kidney beans and about a cup of the sock. Allow this to cook till the mixture is dry and there is no water. Add the cabbage and capsicums and stir the mixture in a scooping motion on high heat. Scoop the masala on the top of the cabbage till it has all mixed evenly. Immediately shut off the gas and cover the dish. Let the cabbage cook in its own heat


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