Weight loss recipe: Fat-free rajma

Legumes are nutritious and form a major part of the Indian diet. Beans, lentils and peanuts, for instance, belong to the legume family. These foods are good sources of protein and fibre, and are used in many different cuisines. One good source of legume that is especially popular in the northern part of India is rajma. Not only is it nutritious but also tasty, when prepared with the right ingredients. Excess oil and spices, however, can make rajma calorie rich. Here is how you can have rajma without having to worry about piling on extra calories. Note that if you are often plagued by IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) you must avoid having rajma as it contributes to bloating in the tummy.

30 grams rajma
½ onion
½ tomato
1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
1 green chilli
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
½ teaspoon red chilli powder
½ teaspoon garam masala powder
Salt to taste

Soak rajma overnight.

Pressure-cook it the next day.

Peel, wash and chop onion and tomato.

Make a paste of onion and tomato separately.

Heat non-stick pan, add tomato paste and cook for 4-5 minutes.

Add onion paste and cook for few minutes.

Add ginger-garlic paste to the above.

Add all the spices and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Add rajma and water as per as per consistency and cook till done.

Serve hot.

Total calorie count: 115 kcal

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