Rajma Beans

Categories: Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Rajma Beans -Serves 4
by Lamya Kamel
PCOM Chicago

14oz of cooked red kidney beans
1 medium sized onion (any variety, though I prefer red or sweet)
1 small piece of ginger (the size of about 5 quarters)
Three cloves of garlic
Two medium sized tomatoes
3 tbsp of olive oil
1 tsp of cumin seeds
1 tsp of turmeric powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp chili powder
1 tsp of sugar
1 tbsp of lemon juice to taste

Heat 3 tbsp of olive oil on high.
Toss in 1 tsp of cumin seeds.
Wait until they sizzle slightly and add the chopped onion.
When the onions brown around the edges add 1/4 cup of water and stir for a minute.
Add the grated or finely chopped ginger and diced garlic and stir for a minute.
Stir in 1 tsp of turmeric powder, 1 tsp coriander powder and 1/4 tsp chili powder with another 1/4 cup of water as it dries out. Stir for 2 minutes.
Add diced tomatoes and simmer until the raw smell goes away (about 3 minutes)
Add the kidney beans and 1/4 cup of water and mash up some of the beans to make the broth thicker.
Add 1 tsp of sugar and stir.
Reduce the heat to medium high and bring to simmer. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Uncover and stir around so beans don’t stick, then let simmer for another 5 to 10 minutes, to reach desired thickness.
Serve with steamed rice.

Ingredient Analysis:
Red kidney beans — neutral and sweet — strengthens digestion, promotes elimination, diuretic
Onion — warm and pungent — promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, diuretic
Garlic — hot and pungent — anti-viral, anti-fungal, kills worms, removes stagnant food and blood, reduces abscess
Ginger — warm and pungent — promotes sweating, anti-toxin, benefits the Lung and Stomach, expels pathogens
Cumin Seeds — warm – strengthens the stomach, arrests bleeding, diuretic, and relieves flatulence
Turmeric — acrid, bitter, warm — invigorates the blood, breaks up blood stasis, drives qi downwards, treats wind-damp painful obstruction
Coriander — warm pungent -,diaphoretic, harmonizes the Middle Jiao
White rice — slightly cool, sweet — moistens yin, clears heat, diuretic, reduces swelling

Overall Analysis: Warms and harmonizes SP/ST. Helpful in SP Yang vacuity by adding more ginger. Treats Cold Damp in Middle Jiao by adding Pearl Barley. Also recipe has some moving aspects depending on spice levels