It’s raining cats & dogs outside. It’s raining so much, you’d think it’s raining cats, dogs, cattle, llamas, kangaroos & whales outside. Okay, that’s about all the animals I could think of on the fly. You know to make my point that, it’s raining A WHOLE LOT.
Us Californians forget how to drive on rainy days… it’s like we all forget how to function this time of year, ya know. Getting out of the house, (or out of the bed for that matter), when it’s all cloudy & gloomy outside is a challenge. Which is why, any cooking that involves the least amount of effort, and delivers the greatest warmth & instant comfort, is what we need, people.
Enter Indian Masala Chili, aka, Rajma. It’s basically an Indian vegetarian chili, that’s savory, hearty & super filling. With delicious Indian spices, like cumin, coriander, black pepper, star anise, cloves in a tomato gravy, this Chili packs awesome flavor & warmth. You can eat it with Indian bread (Roti or Naan) or with Rice. Days like these, I like to cosy up to a bowl of Quinoa & Rajma and a good magazine. (Fuzzy socks optional.) Winter comfort mojo, guaranteed.
Some folks prefer soaking red kidney beans overnight & pressure cooking them – I have aunts that swear this tastes best. It makes sense, because when you pressure cook the beans, it gets soft & releases water, which makes a natural broth for the gravy. Truth be told though, on getting home after a long day of work, when I need to prep something fast for my family, I prefer using canned kidney beans. The texture might not be as super soft, but it tastes just as great. More importantly, I can have dinner ready in 30 mins and avoid saying “I’m sorry for what I said when I was hungry”. #stopthehanger
All the spices are available at Indian grocery stores, for less than $2 USD. You can also purchase them online, I’ve shared links below on the spice brands I use.
Give it whirl, and tell me what you think! If you make this recipe, I’d love to see your pictures!! Tag us on instagram with #findmymojyo.
Also published on Medium.