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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Rajma Masala (Red Kidney beans in tomato based gravy)

It is very recently that we have started including Rajma into our diet. I have been trying out new dishes with it and have been getting positive feedback from my family too. Few days back I made Rajma masala and Jeera pulao for lunch. I posted the recipe for Jeera Pulao already and today posting this Rajma masala recipe- Rajma(Red kidney beans) in a flavorful tomato based gravy. This gravy is healthy and delicious, so what is there not to love it??

Rajma masala
What are the ingredients needed?

Rajma/ Red kidney beans, 1 cup
Oil, 2-3 teaspoon
Cumin seeds, 1/2 teaspoon
Bay leaf, 1 no
Cloves, 3 -4 nos
Cinnamon - 1" long
Cardamom, 3-4 nos.
Onions, 1 medium sized (finely chopped)
Tomatoes, 2 - 3 nos.
Ginger- Garlic paste, 2 teaspoon.
Turmeric Powder, 1/4 teaspoon
Coriander powder, 2 teaspoons
Chilli powder, 1/2 teaspoon
Garam masala powder, 1/2 teaspoon
Salt, to taste
Kasoori methi, 1 Teaspoon.
Cilantro , to garnish (optional).

How it is made?
  1. Soak Rajma overnight and then the pressure cook it and set it aside.
  2. Puree tomatoes and keep them ready.
  3. Heat oil and add cumin seeds, bay leaf, cloves,cinnamon, cardamom and fry for a minute or two.
  4. Then add the finely chopped onions and fry till the onions turn translucent. Then add the pureed tomatoes and ginger garlic paste and cook for a minute or two and then add the turmeric powder, coriander powder and chilli powder and little water and cook till the raw smell is gone and oil starts to separate.
  5. Now add the cooked rajma, required water to get the desired consistency and salt to taste and let it simmer for 4-5 minutes. Then add the garam masala and kasoori methi and cook for another 2-3 minutes and turn off the heat.
  6. Serve it warm with Rice/ Jeera Pulao/ Chappathi.
  • You can also use canned kidney beans. In that case, that drain the water and proceed to cook it and use.
  • You can a teaspoon of amchur powder(dried mango powder) for tanginess. But I didn't add it.
  • Before serving remove whole cardamom, and other whole spices from the gravy. 
  • Adjust the amount of chilli powder as per your heat tolerance level.


  1. my favourite rajma... love the way u prepare...

  2. very nice combo of rice and rajma!!! so tasty and so elegant!!

  3. a very comfort side for pulao...looks inviting

  4. I love to add tomatoes, awesome masala...

  5. i also follow similar version da love it with ghee rice

  6. perfectly made rajma , just need rice and I am done.

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  8. The thick gravy is awesomely tempting. I am not a big fan of curries but my other half loves them to the maximum. I shall make this dish for him and I am sure it will be a sell out for him.

  9. Rajma chawal is my favorite, can have it anytime..

  10. Rajma with rice is quite enough for me to enjoy thoroughly my lunch, with jeera rice its definitely a feast for me.

  11. Rajma with rice is a wonderful combo....looks super good and yummy...

  12. Rajma and rice is an awesome combo, looks delicious and yummy.

  13. Rajma masala you made seems to be delicious! Keeper recipe must say.. :) Good combi with rice or rotis

  14. Looks yum da :) one my our favourite yet to post it... your version is definitely inviting

  15. a regular fare in our kitchen- looks yum! nice pics

  16. Raja rice looks so delicious :) This an wonderful combo and after seeing the clicks it sent me to drool :)


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