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A very simple rajma February 18, 2007

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Inderjit Singh does nothing to his rajma. That’s probably why it tastes so special

Like any self-respecting sardarji, Inderjit Singh’s distinguishing quality is that he himself doesn’t know what he’ll say next. This makes it something of a challenge to extract a recipe for anything from him. As I discovered shortly after I broached the subject of his amazing rajma with him.

“It is definitely one of the best rajmas I have ever eaten,” I burped at him once, after finishing my number fifty-something meal at his unusual, all-vegetarian, utterly home-style and wildly popular eaterie at Lokhandwala Complex. Guru da Dhaba, it’s called; Guru is ostensibly Inderjit Singh himself. Gnome of a Sikh, with glasses on, and a definite attitude when it comes to food.

His rajma is the second purest I have ever eaten. The purest was at the home of a schoolmate in Old Delhi decades ago. I remember steaming rice, a clear hot spoonful of ghee, and an overwhelming rajma — medium brown, not submerged under a cavalry of cardamoms, cloves, gingers and garlics, not mashed, not forced to join hands with black dal. The red kidney bean, allowed to speak for itself, emitted a mellow purr, mumbling first but growing in confidence with every mouthful.

Guru’s rajma came very close — a thin, dark red gravy within which rested perfectly cooked red beans. With the sardarji’s chapatis, arbi masaledar and boondi raita, you were very near a perfect meal.

“Do you cook it yourself?” I asked him.

“Mr. Siddharth has already written about me,” he said, as though the end of the world was nigh. The article in question was framed and hung behind the cash counter. next to the aluminium container with chilled chaas.

“Oh, well then,” I said, turning away.

“But I cook it myself,” he said to my retreating back. “My kadhi is even better. Best in and out of Punjab. Rajma and kadhi. Never forget.” Guru in a nutshell.

The sardarji is from Rawalpindi; his young life was spent not in Punjab but in Dehra Dun. Later, in Mumbai, he chugged an autorickshaw around for years, found it wasn’t enough. Started making and selling tea, with moderate success. Spurred by his wife, the legendary Ranjit Kaur, Guru graduated to simple lunches that she cooked at home and sent to the shop in a dabba. One thing led to another, dabba became dhaba, and that led to today’s Inderjit Singh.

It was only when Ranjit fell ill that Inderjit really began to emerge, a veritable Neptune rising from the foam, colander in one hand, perforated spoon in the other, methi all over his beard, ready to cook or be cooked. His wife, the Guru’s own guru, taught him all that he knows, turning a three-wheel dilettante into a passionate chef.

I know. I’ve watched the gnome at work. Around 9.30 am, he will alight, all sweating and profane, from someone else’s autorickshaw, laden with the day’s requirement of fresh vegetables picked by his own hands. Then he will get in there and start cutting and chopping with the boys. Every day, Guru presides over the rebirth of his own menu. Never tires of it.

“What’s so great about my rajma?” he asked me suddenly, as though he didn’t know. “There’s nothing in it. It’s just boiled with red chillies and salt.”

“What about the gravy?” I asked him. Surely that was more than spiced hot water.

“This is the uncle,” he said unexpectedly to his young son, “who is going to take pictures of me for the papers. He says people are more important than food.”

“I need a shot of you cooking rajma — or something,” I said, hoping I wouldn’t get some unrelated oddball answer.

“I may not even be here,” he said, suddenly combative, as though I’d tried to sell him a defective eutectic freezer. He decided to dismiss me. “You go. Come back tomorrow at 11 am. Shoot what you can. The rajma will be on the table. You can’t have everything your way. ”

But the sardraji was there, and he did create his extraordinary ordinary rajma which respects the bean it boils. It is elegant, simple to make. Even you can make it. Try.

Rajma

Ingredients
500 gms rajma
150 gms onions, sliced into rings
150 gms tomatoes, chopped coarsely
Salt to taste
1 tsp red chilly powder

Method
Don’t soak the rajma overnight. Simply put it to boil for 30 or 40 minutes, until it is tender. If you use a pressure cooker, that’s six or seven whistles. Now in two tablespoons of oil or ghee, fry the onions golden brown. Throw in the tomatoes, stir a bit, then add red chillies and salt. Stir some more. Now grind this to a fine paste. Pour this over the rajma, add hot water till you have a medium thin gravy and simmer, covered, for another half hour or so. (Or allow six to seven whistles more on the pressure cooker). That’s it.

Do not mash. Do not garnish with coriander. Do not garnish with anything. Do not add garam masala. Do not speak while eating.

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1. luv2eathate2cook - February 18, 2007

It’s the first time I had a hearty laugh while reading a post:)Both the rajma n chole posts were entertaining:)I will be checking out ur previous posts too, but could not resist myself from writing a comment first:) Will surely drop by again. So looking forward for more posts:)

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3. jugalbandiblog - February 20, 2007

what a great article. i remember reading it in TOI years ago. wonderful to see it again.
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4. giniann - February 20, 2007

Thanks for coming to the blog world. Can’t wait to try this recipe.
Never thought that rajma hrecipe was this simple.

5. zinnia - February 20, 2007

Great to see you back. used to love reading your columns and happy to see that you still write with dollops of humour:)

coming to the rajma, never knew rajma could be made so easily….could you please tell me where is the dhaba located in lokhandwala? would love to visit soon.

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello Zinnia —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2007 letter in 2015. I was going through old mail and came upon yours.

I wonder if you’ve been wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back — lots of my food writing is there, and I’m seriously dreaming up new ones now. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

6. C Y Gopinath - February 21, 2007

Guru da dhaba is pretty well known and easy to find. Turn left at the first crossroads of Lokhandwala’s main road. It’s the fourth or fifth shop on the right. Hard to miss. While there, be sure to try his arbi masaledar.

7. Manisha - February 21, 2007

Do not speak while eating! Love it! I am so thrilled to see your work again!

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello Manisha —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2007 letter in 2015. I was going through old mail and came upon yours.

I wonder if you’ve been wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back — lots of my food writing is there, and I’m seriously dreaming up new ones now. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

8. Sandhya - February 21, 2007

Stumbled upon your blog and tried to read surreptitiously while at my desk……Still reading.

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello Sandhya —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2007 letter in 2015. I was going through old mail and came upon yours.

I wonder if you’ve been wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back — lots of my food writing is there, and I’m seriously dreaming up new ones now. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

9. giniann - February 25, 2007

We made this rajma yesterday and it was delicious. No coriander, no garam masala, but we couldn’t stop saying it was really tasty.
Thanks for the recipe!

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello Gini —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2007 letter in 2015. I was going through old mail and came upon yours.

I wonder if you’ve been wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back — lots of my food writing is there, and I’m seriously dreaming up new ones now. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

10. Musical - April 4, 2007

Gopi ji,

The first line of this masterpiece summarizes how to treat Rajmas :). What a lovely article…..the most honest and truthful ode to Rajmas.

Sometimes simplicity is the best flavor we can add…..Mom used to make it almost like this…..except that she added ginger as well. and truth be told, slow cooking is the essence to any good daal.

11. Jayashree - May 1, 2007

AWESOME, simple n delicious!!!! I could’nt wait to try it, and we had unexpected guests, they could not stop praising it!!!
Thank you sooooo much for sharing the recipe!

Rgds,
Jayashree

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello Jayashree —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2007 letter in 2015. I was going through old mail and came upon yours.

I wonder if you’ve been wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back — lots of my food writing is there, and I’m seriously dreaming up new ones now. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

12. govindkanshi - July 5, 2007

Every post of yours is like treat at the end of puzzle. It feels journey through the place and actually bumping into the people you chat up. Just keep sharing.

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello Govind —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2007 letter in 2015. I was going through old mail and came upon yours.

I wonder if you’ve been wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back — lots of my food writing is there, and I’m seriously dreaming up new ones now. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

13. Nupur - July 27, 2007

Thank you for sharing this recipe. It is beyond delicious! My search for a rajma recipe is over.

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello Nupur —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2007 letter in 2015. I was going through old mail and came upon yours.

I wonder if you’ve been wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back — lots of my food writing is there, and I’m seriously dreaming up new ones now. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

14. arundati - July 31, 2007

do not speak while eating!! masterpiece….the rajma itself i will try this weekend

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello Arundati —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2007 letter in 2015. I was going through old mail and came upon yours.

I wonder if you’ve been wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back — lots of my food writing is there, and I’m seriously dreaming up new ones now. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

15. Punekar Abroad - August 1, 2007

Great article! I want to cook rajma immediately!

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2007 letter in 2015. I was going through old mail and came upon yours.

I wonder if you’ve been wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back — lots of my food writing is there, and I’m seriously dreaming up new ones now. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

16. Gurupreet Singh Anand - August 4, 2007

Thanks for reviving old memories…..the rajma is still the same and so is the dhaba…..

17. Gurupreet Singh Anand - August 5, 2007

Guru Da Dhaba is at first cross road lokhandwala complex, Kamdhenu shopping center…next to mac donalds building , andheri-west, mumbai.

Guru

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello Gurpreet—

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2007 letter in 2015. I was going through old mail and came upon yours.

I wonder if you’ve been wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back — lots of my food writing is there, and I’m seriously dreaming up new ones now. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

18. Preeti - August 13, 2007

I made this yesterday and it was mouthwateringly delicious! can’t believe rajma can taste so good without the usual garam masala. thanks for sharing! and thank you to Nupur of One Hot Stove for posting the link to this page in her blog 🙂

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello Preeti —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2007 letter in 2015. I was going through old mail and came upon yours.

I wonder if you’ve been wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back — lots of my food writing is there, and I’m seriously dreaming up new ones now. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

19. Bharti - July 21, 2008

Tried this today..it was delicious! Thanks!

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello Bharti—

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2008 letter in 2015. I was going through old mail and came upon yours.

I wonder if you’ve been wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back — lots of my food writing is there, and I’m seriously dreaming up new ones now. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

20. Karan Bedi - August 22, 2008

Most excellent. Both the rajma, and the way this piece was presented. I prepared this rajma for my non – indian colleauges (14 of them) and it was a huge success.

Many thanks.

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello Karan —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2008 letter in 2015.

I wonder if you’ve been wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back — lots of my food writing is there, and I’m seriously dreaming up new ones now. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

21. Deepali - September 4, 2008

” Do not speak while eating”……laughed alot ….going to try this recipe today…

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello Deepali —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2008 letter in 2015.

I wonder if you’ve been wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back — lots of my food writing is there, and I’m seriously dreaming up new ones now. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

22. NAGAJOLOKIAADDICT - October 6, 2008

Gopinath,

Actually your story is better than your Rajma Recipe.
IMHO, My Rajma tastes far better than your Guru’s recipe. Not boasting boss but you have not come across the best in the field. LOL.

Loved your writings and for that, I would put your blog on my watch list.

Naga Jolokia Addict

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello Naga Jolokia Addict (what a name! Scoville would be proud) —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2008 letter in 2015.

I wonder if you’ve been wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back — lots of my food writing is there, and I’m seriously dreaming up new ones now. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

23. Ria - October 6, 2008

Fantastic blog and enjoyed reading this post. Am a big rajma fan. I just realised we’ve also met- at Anand and Navaz’s home in Bangalore?

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello Ria —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2008 letter in 2015.

I wonder if you’ve been wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back — lots of my food writing is there, and I’m seriously dreaming up new ones now. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

24. Ramki - October 31, 2008

Not soaking overnight is a great timesaver – I hate planning recipes a day ahead. If you love Rajma, you might want to try out a hundred similar recipes…

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello Ramki —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2008 letter in 2015.

I wonder if you’ve been wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back — lots of my food writing is there, and I’m seriously dreaming up new ones now. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

25. JH - November 20, 2008

Tried this yesterday. Was shocked how good it was. No more masalas in my rajma. Thanks for sharing this.

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2008 letter in 2015.

I wonder if you’ve been wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back — lots of my food writing is there, and I’m seriously dreaming up new ones now. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

26. Jo - November 25, 2008

Simple recipe that turned out to be really YUMMY! This is the recipe I have been searching for ever since I had rajma at my Punjabi friend’s place. Thanks a ton!

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2008 letter in 2015.

I wonder if you’ve been wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back — lots of my food writing is there, and I’m seriously dreaming up new ones now. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

27. Not Thomas Keller - February 17, 2009

This concept is the foundation of the very best Italian cooking, and of Lebanese as well…use the freshest, finest ingredients you can find, use the fewest ingredients you can, and use impeccable technique but keep it simple and allow the ingredients to speak for themselves.

As a counterpoint, here is a video of two Indian Rachael Rays with their version; it might be instructional to compare results:
http://showmethecurry.com/2008/02/21/kidney-beans-curry-rajma/

There is one thing I simply don’t understand, and it appears to be a cultural difference in how Indians from the homeland write recipes: why on earth do you insist on using weights? It’s not as if everyone has a scale in the kitchen. For crying out loud, wouldn’t it be so much simpler to use volumes like cups, mL, tablespoons, cubic inches or whatever?

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2009 letter in 2015.

I wonder if you’ve been wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back — lots of my food writing is there, and I’m seriously dreaming up new ones now. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

28. Supriya - March 11, 2009

Yummy! Thanks!

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello Supriya —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2009 letter in 2015.

I wonder if you’ve been wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back — lots of my food writing is there, and I’m seriously dreaming up new ones now. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

29. nisha - April 10, 2009

wow!!!…wht a simple recipe ………i’m very new to de kitchen,basically experimentin e my culinary skills……hope my hubby likes this one…

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello Nisha —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2009 letter in 2015. Thank you for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed it.

You must be wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

30. Jai Ghorpade - April 15, 2009

Read in OUTLOOK 2day.Seems cool shall try out Rajmah….good for forced bachelors like me posted on the borders looking for guys who dont like even the confused democratic elections , where every body other than the voter is a winner.

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello Jai —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2009 letter in 2015. Thank you for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed it.

You must be wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

31. Abhishek - September 16, 2009

“The sardarji himself is not from the Punjab but Rawalpindi”…Where do you think is Rawalpindi? Tamil Nadu?

C Y Gopinath - September 17, 2009

Excellent point! The article stands corrected now.

Abhishek - September 17, 2009

So quick to edit! Great work sir! I also tried the recipie and it turned out amazing! Thanks for the good work!

suniti - December 30, 2010

your simplicity goes a long way

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello Suniti —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2010 letter in 2015. Thank you for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed it.

You must be wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

Sadia Malik - January 15, 2012

Haha! Over 2 years late, but thank you for the laugh!

Like any self respecting Punjabi Kuri, I love me some Rajma!

– signed a Pindi girl!

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2012 letter in 2015. Thank you for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed it.

You must be wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

32. Shreeya - October 1, 2009

Its 2:00AM now. I’m starving. No possibility of getting any food. I shouldn’t have read this.
Oh! And I’m a huge fan!

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello Shreeya —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2009 letter in 2015. Thank you for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed it.

You must be wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

33. Ramdas - October 8, 2009

Sire, can I have a recipe for an even simpler egg curry? Ramdas

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello Ramdas —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2009 letter in 2015. Thank you for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed it.

You must be wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

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34. Ramya - December 27, 2009

I do add garam masala but otherwise I agree.Less is more.

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello Ramya —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2009 letter in 2015. Thank you for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed it.

You must be wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

35. simplepersonindia - January 18, 2010

I have eaten there and vouch for the food and also for the old-n-grumpy Guru’s antics. But he has mellowed down now.

On my last visit there with my family (Dec 2009), we had to wait for 35 minutes. Why? Because his staff had run away. Only one new guy was trying to manage everything. Guruji’s daughter was cooking and we had to wait till she finished cooking. Her friend had come to help and was waiting tables.

I found it very funny, that true to his reputation, he scared his staff away. But we were all disappointed due to one BIG missing factor. The food just did not taste the same without that lovely pudian chutney. The Masala Chhas and Boondi Raita did help. Their curd is very pure, like nectar – not even a hint of sourness.

Another funny bit was when I was paying out at the check out counter for the four of us. They don’t give you a bill and Guruji himself totals everything on the calculator, as you speak one item at a time. It is very hard to remember each item at a time after that lovely meal. The only thing on your mind is ‘sleep’.

36. Ashish - March 9, 2010

indeed don’t speak, just eat.. perfect tribute to awesome Rajma..

37. Ashish Garg - June 15, 2010

I have made it several times now and I can vouch that this the best Rajma I have eaten. Thanks a lot..

38. SPI - August 20, 2010

I have been a regular to the place as well taking my wife and parents along (up till May 2010)! But the part that I hate most is lack of cleanliness. The lure of the taste forced me to overlook at the cleanliness part but it kept coming back in my face till I could ignore it no more.

They hire teenagers from his village and they act as the waiters. This is invariably the first job of those waiters and they are just not up to it because they may have never known about hygiene all their lives in their village. And its not like they can be trained because the owners keep fighting with those teenagers all the times and then those teenagers run away.

I finally had to give up going (at least for the monsoons) after one of the waiters cleaned our table with a dirty old cloth (probably must have been used the whole day or week without a wash) and then with a matter-of-fact disposition cleaned all our plates with the same cloth. The innocent teenager didn’t even know he was doing something wrong and God knows what all he must be doing when cooking our food. My heart sank there and then and I knew that I could no longer ignore this hygiene issue.

If anyone who has been there recently (August 2010 or later, please do share if the hygiene situation has improved.

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2010 letter in 2015. Thank you for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed it.

You must be wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

39. suniti - December 30, 2010

Very healthy way to food just like the home specialists,our mothers. The inherent flavor of the beans must not be killed. Like the Lebanese chhole/ chick pea mash. My mother does magic with her vegetables using just Two spice- recipe( cumin/turmeric/red chillies)

40. aneeta - January 7, 2011

I got the same rajma recipe from the same dhaba many years ago when I lived in Mumbai and have used it ever since, great recipe!

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello Aneeta —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2011 letter in 2015. Thank you for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed it.

You must be wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

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41. No drama – Rajma | - April 14, 2011

[…] found this recipe. Nor do I remember looking for a Rajma recipe and still somehow I stumbled upon this incredible website and that changed the way I made Rajma forever.No more..overloading the poor […]

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2011 letter in 2015. Thank you for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed it.

You must be wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

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42. Sadia Malik - January 15, 2012

Rajma is best when kept simple! There is nothing like it.

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello Sadia—

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2012 letter in 2015. Thank you for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed it.

You must be wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

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43. Abhishek Avtans - March 8, 2012

It was simply amazing to read through the conversations and the recipe. I am going to try this simple recipe tomorrow. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello Abhishek —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2012 letter in 2015. Thank you for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed it.

You must be wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

44. Bd amazadda - March 14, 2012

Bd amazadda

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2012 letter in 2015. Thank you for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed it.

You must be wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

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45. Delicious recipes from fellow bloggers | My Blog - May 16, 2012

[…] A very simple Rajma, indeed from […]

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2012 letter in 2015. Thank you for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed it.

You must be wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifted everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

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46. Michele - July 29, 2012

Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’ve been cooking Indian food since our last visit to India in May, 2012. Most recipes use pressure cookers, and I was glad to find your recipe NOT using one. Simple and delicious!

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello Michelle —

I can’t believe I’m replying to a 2012 mail in 2015!! Thank you for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed it.

You must be wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I had shifting everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

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47. Rajma « Sharm's Kitchen - September 26, 2012

[…] was thick and mushy! It’s taken me 3 years to get over that awful meal.   Inspired by this article, I worked out a recipe that I thought does the beans justice. The flavour of the gravy is subtle […]

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello Sharm —

Thank you for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed it.

You must be wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I have shifting everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

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48. Coral - April 23, 2013

Are you open to a link exchange of some type?
Perhaps maybe I can write a post for you? No
worries if you don’t want to.

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello, Coral —

I cannot believe I’m replying to a 2013 letter in 2015! My profoundest apologies.

This blog has been inactive for some time, alas. A part of the reason is that I have been busy shifting my blog to a wordpress.org website, and making it more comprehensive. I hope I can have you back as a reader, despite this preposterous delay in replying. The new website — still under construction, but okay for viewing now — is http://www.cygopinath.com. Please do visit.

You will see a subscription form there, so please sign on so I can stay on touch.

And yes, I am certainly open to some kind of link exchange. What is your blog? What sort of topics would you like to write about? It would be good to discuss this by email, or Skype if that’s an option for you. Please reply to cygopi@gmail.com

Cheers!

Gopi

49. Maya Rao - August 29, 2013

Enjoyed your post as I hasten now to make Indeejit’s no soak rajma.

Please get onto twitter. Easier for the world to read your posts.

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello, Maya —

Thank you for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed it.

You must be wondering where my blog has disappeared to. It is true, the blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I have shifting everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing.

Please do come back. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi

50. Anonymous - June 28, 2014

this is so funny. and i cooked the rajma today. delicious. thank you for the food and humour.

C Y Gopinath - June 9, 2015

Hello —

Thank you for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed it.

Sorry to be so late in reverting. This blog has unfortunately been inactive for some time. A part of the reason is that I have shifting everything to a new WordPress site. Though it is still under construction, it is ready for viewing. You can access it at http://www.cygopinath.com. Please do come back — and sign on when you get the subscription form. I will make sure you get a notification whenever I post a new blog.

Cheers!

Gopi


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