Shepherd Rajma Pack is a mountain special from our upper Tons Valley! In the summer shepherds in our region take their flock of sheep and goats to the vast high-altitude Himalayan pastures. In that harsh environment, where temperatures are barely above freezing even in summer, they need warm food that makes them feel at home. Rajma is a favorite, because it is dense, rich in proteins and gets made into a soupy-dal that is perfect for the ambience, The variety of rajma that is preferred by shepherds is the - Small Red Capsule, also called Chimi locally. This rajma is small and thus can be packed dense to carry up in sacks.
In that harsh environment, it is impossible to carry a multitude of ingredients to make rajma, so what is used is a very simple recipe - two spoons of mustard oil, garlic, red chillies, salt, seasoning (chora/angelica glauca) and rajma.
The shepherds always have a fire going at their camp, where rajma is left to slow-cook all-day. When they return with their flock, the cooked rajma is rapidly prepared with the seasoning. This soupy-rajma is eaten with either rotis or rice.
Contents Of Pack
900 gms Small Red Capsule (chimi) Rajma.
Complimentary 100 gm sachet of Himalayan Shepherd Rajma Seasoning. Contains the herb angelica glauca, ground with rock salt and organic red chillies.
How to cook?
Soak the rajma for 4-5 hours minimum.
Pressure cook for 3-4 whistles till the beans are soft.
Crush garlic slightly and sautee in mustard oil.
Add our Himalayan Shepherd Rajma Seasoning and boil for 2-3 mins.
(Adding onions, tomatoes, ginger etc is entirely optional)
Organic rajma in the upper Tons Valley, Uttarakhand:
Rajma is one of the staple food crops in our valley. Almost all farmers sow rajma as it is the main source of vegetable protein in our local cuisine. Farmers who have rajma which is surplus to their annual food and seed purpose, sell to earn money. We are supporting these hard working farmers by finding a fair market for their rajma. We pay a fair price that compensates them for growing rajma in remote fields which don't even have access to a road. The harvest has to be brought on mules to the nearest road and the transported to our processing center.
Our rajma is completely organic, grown using only natural compost and cow manure. No inorganic fertilizer or chemical pesticides are used. We are in the process of helping these farmers getting their produce certified organic very soon.
Weight: 1000 gm (excluding packing) Packing: 1 x 900 gm ziplock with rajma + 1 x 100 gm ziplock with Himalayan Shepherd Rajma Seasoning