Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Rajma Masala/Kidney Beans in Spicy Gravy..

Rajma Masala is a very famous Punjabi dish made with the Kidney Beans.
Cooked in a spicy tomato gravy and richly flavoured, this rajma curry can be relished with rice, chapatis or naan.
Here is the recipe:


Rajma- 2 Cups

Onions-1 Medium

Tomatoes-3 Large

Tomato paste- 1 Tbsp (optnl)

Green Chilly-1

Ginger- 1 inch piece

Garlic pods- 3

Cilantro-chopped finely for garnish

Cumin seeds- 1 Tbsp

Oil- 3 Tbsp

Salt to taste


Bay leaf-1

Cloves- 4

Cinnamon- an inch long

Elachi- 2 pods

Masala Powders:

Garam masala-  1 Tsp

Coriander powder-1 Tbsp

Red Chilly powder-2 Tsp

Amchur or Dry Mango powder- 1 Tsp (optnl)

Turmeric-  1/2 Tsp

Asafoetida- a pinch


1.Wash the rajma well and soak in cold water overnight or for 6 hrs.

2.Pressure cook the rajma for 2 whistles with 4 cups of water along with the spices (except the bay leaf) tied in a muslin or cheese cloth.

3.Drain the water and dispose off the spice bag after cooking.

4.Chop the tomatoes, onions and green chilly finely.

5.Grind the ginger and garlic into a fine paste.

6.Heat oil in a pan and once hot, add the bay leaf, cumin seeds,green chillies,onions  and the ginger-garlic paste and saute for a few minutes till the onions turn slightly brown and diffuses the raw smell.

7.Add 3/4th of the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste if using, all the masala powders (except the garam masala and salt) and cook for a few minutes till it starts to separate fromt he oil.

8.Mix in the cooked rajma, salt, the remaining tomatoes and one cup of water and cook covered for ten minutes simmering the heat.

9.Mash the rajma slightly with a potato masher or with the back of your ladle, add the garam masala and cook for another minute or so.

10.Garnish with chopped cilantro and a few lemon drops (optnl) and serve hot with rice or rotis.

11.When mixed with rice, its called Rajma Chawal. 'Rajma' in hindi is  Kidney Bean and 'Chawal' -  rice.


I used leftover rice to make the rajma chawal, but Basmati rice would do a great deal!!.

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