Saturday, September 12, 2015


Rajma Masala is a spicy, tangy delicious punjabi curry dish prepared using Red kidney beans.

Today I am going to share the recipe for "Rajma". It is my hubby's favourite dish and what is more special about this is the recipe is taught to me by him. I have noticed that almost every person in North India is very much fond of Rajma, although I don't see the same craze for it in the South. Everyone's mother has a unique recipe. No two Rajma recipes will ever match. It reminds me of the Kurukre's ad where mother and son were running in the fields screaming "Raaajjjjj.." "Maaaaaaaa"... !!! :D

I personally like the combination of Rajma-chawal the most. You can serve it with jeera rice and roti/chapati also. Rajma or red kidney beans are not only tasty but healthy too. It is a rich source of proteins, fibre and magnesium. Some people complain that it is difficult to digest or cause bloating/gas problems. To answer this query, I would please request you to soak Rajma overnight. This releases all the phytic acid into water which otherwise hinders in digestion. Discard that water later on. Do not use water that was used in soaking. Also the use of asafoetida in recipe aids in digestion of Rajma.

Hope you would like this Rajma recipe!!

List of Ingredients:

  • Rajma/Kidney Beans- 2 cups
  • Small Onions-2
  • Small Tomatoes-3 
  • Green Chillies-2
  • Ginger Paste-1 tsp
  • Garlic Paste-1/2 tsp
  • Ghee- 3 tbsp
  • Salt- 2 tsp (or to taste)
  • Coriander Powder-2 tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder-1/2 tsp
  • Garam Masala-1/2 tsp
  • Mango Powder-1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder-1/4 tsp
  • Cumin Powder-1/4 tsp
  • Asafoetida- A pinch

Steps To Prepare:

Soak kidney beans in the water for at least 3 hours. It would be best of you soak them overnight.


After soaking

Discard away the water in which the beans were soaked. Add fresh water and salt to it. The water level should be just double the level of kidney beans. Give it one whistle and let it stand aside for an hour or so.

In a blender or food processor, puree together the onion, tomatoes, chillies, ginger and garlic paste.

Add this puree and ghee to the cooker. Also, Add all the spices-coriander powder, red chilli powder, garam masala, mango powder,turmeric powder,cumin powder and asafoetida also. Mix well.

Close the lid of the pressure cooker and give it 4 to 5 whistles. Turn the flame to low, and let it cook for another 30 minutes. Switch off the flame. Once the pressure is released, open the lid of the pressure cooker and let it boil for another 5-10 minutes depending on the consistency you like.

Rajma is ready to be served!!

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