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Rajma Chawal (Red Kidney Beans Curry)

 Published 2007-Dec-09   Updated 2018-May-20

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Razma, Rajma Curry)

Recipe For Rajma


  • Red Kidney beans (Rajma) - 1 cup
  • Onion - 1(finely minced)
  • Tomato - 2 (crushed or pureed)
  • Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Green chili - 1
  • Turmeric - ¼ tsp
  • Chilly powder - ½ tsp
  • Coriander /dhania powder - 1 tsp
  • Channa masala/ Garam Masala - ¼ tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Ghee - ¼ tsp
  • Oil - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - ¼ tsp
  • Coriander leaves - for garnishing


  1. Soak the kidney beans for at least 5-6 hours or overnight.
  2. Wash the beans and cook them with water and salt until the beans become tender. If pressure cooker is used the beans should be done in 1-2 whistles. If left longer, the beans will become mushy.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and splutter cumin seeds. Next fry the chopped onions and green chilies until the onions become translucent.
  4. Next add the ginger-garlic paste and fry till the raw smell vanishes.
  5. Add the crushed tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes are nicely cooked.
  6. Add turmeric powder, chilly powder, coriander powder, channa masala/ chicken masala powder and saute for a minute.
  7. Now add the cooked kidney beans along with the cooked water.
  8. Let the gravy simmer for 10 minutes until everything blends together.
  9. Garnish with coriander leaves and add the ghee on top.

Serving Suggestion

  • Rajma chawal goes very well with jeera rice, white rice (rajma chaawal) and roti varieties.

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Comments (11)

Person   ()
I do not have a pressure cooker.. so what amount of water i should use to boil the 1 cup of beans?
Old Fan - Fatimah
Person   ()
Hi Fatimah, For 1 cup of beans add atleast 3-4 cups of water.
Person   ()
Hi, Have tried this.... it's tasty....Thanks...
Person   ()
Oh good..
Person   ()
I was cleaning out my pantry and noticed I had a few cans of tomatoes & beans that needed to be used. I found your recipe and thought I could switch the dry beans & fresh tomatoes for two cans of beans & two cans of diced tomatoes. It worked wonderfully. I think this is will be a new regular in our house! Thanks so much for posting this recipe.
Person   ()
Thats great. This will be helpful to many....
Person   ()
Not eaten it yet but followed recipe .as directed hope turns out to be good.
Person   ()
Sure. It will turn good. Enjoy!!
Person   ()
very tasty recipe
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Thank You.
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Excellent reciepes

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 Published by on and last updated on 2018-05-20.