Ingredients:
  • 2 cups - red kidney beans (rajma)
  • 15 - cashewnuts
  • 2 tbsp - sunflower seeds (charoli/chironji)
  • 1&1/2 tbsp - poppy seeds (khuskhus/posto)
  • 1 tsp - caraway seeds (shahi jeera)
  • 8 - green cardamoms
  • 6 - black cardamoms
  • 4 - cloves
  • 2 inch - cinnamon sticks
  • Saffron (kesar), a pinch
  • 1/2 tsp - kewra water
  • 2 tbsp - pure ghee, also to shallow fry
  • 1 inch - ginger, chopped piece
  • 10 cloves - garlic, chopped
  • 6 - green chillies, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp - mawa (khoya), grated
  • 1 tsp - white pepper powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp - lemon juice
  • 1-2 sprigs - fresh mint leaves
  • 2 - onions, cut into roundels

Method
  1. Soak rajma in five cups of water preferably overnight.
  2. Boil in sufficient quantity of water until soft.
  3. Drain and set aside.
  4. Dry roast cashewnuts, chironji  and khus khus.
  5. Grind to a fine paste using a little water.
  6. Dry roast shahi jeera, green and black cardamoms, cloves and cinnamon.
  7. Cool and grind to a fine powder.
  8. Soak saffron in kewra water.
  9. Heat two tablespoons of ghee in a pan, add ginger and garlic and saute for a few seconds.
  10. Add green chillies and saute for one minute.
  11. Add rajma and cook for three to four minutes.
  12. Add cashewnut paste and stir-fry for four to five minutes.
  13. Add khoya, white pepper powder and salt, stir-fry for four to five minutes. (a milk food, made of either dried whole milk or milk thickened by heating in an open iron pan)
  14. Remove from heat.
  15. Cool and mash rajma to a smooth paste. (In case rajma paste is not firm, then cook paste further with addition of ghee till firm.)
  16. Sprinkle powdered spices and soaked saffron.
  17. Adjust salt. Add lemon juice and mix thoroughly. Divide mixture into equal balls and press them lightly.
  18. Heat pure ghee in a frying pan and shallow fry tikkis until lightly coloured on both sides.
  19. Garnish with mint leaves and onion rings.
Serve with chutney of your choice.