Nov 30, 2011

Rajma Chawal / Kidney Beans Curry and Rice

This is a North Indian classic dish made with rajma/kidney beans and rice. Steaming rajma curry served over plain white rice is rich in iron and protein from the kidney beans and carbohydrates from the rice and makes a wholesome satisfying meal.

Rajma/Kidney Beans - 1 cup (soaked overnight or atleast for 5 hours)
Onion - 1/2 medium sized
Tomato - 1
Green chillies - 3
Ginger - 1 inch finely chopped
Garam masala - 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Cumin powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds/Jeera - 1 teaspoon
Oil - 1 spoon
Salt to taste
Cilantro/Coriander for garnish

Soak the rajma in water overnight or atleast for 5 hours.
Drain the water and pressure cook with water until 4 whistles until the rajma turns soft and completely cooked. Alternatively, instead of using a pressure cooker, the beans can also be cooked in a stockpot with a lid for 30 to 35 minutes until the beans turn soft and tender.
In a wide saucepan/kadai, heat the oil and add the cumin seeds. once they start spluttering, add the chopped ginger and garlic and saute until the onions turn translucent.
Add in the chopped tomatoes and saute for a minute until the tomatoes turn tender.
Add the turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala and salt and mix well. Cook for a minute.
Finally add the cooked rajma/kidney beans and a cup of water.
Cover and cook on low heat for about five minutes until all the flavors blend together.
Remove from heat and garnish with cilantro.
Serve over cooked rice.


  1. I made it last week too and I love the gravy with rotis as well. Looks delicious!

  2. I love Rajma and your curry looks so yum! Happy to follow your blog

  3. My fav recipe.. mouth watering here.. simply inviting.. thanks for sharing dear :)
    Indian Cuisine

  4. It's lunch time and this seems to be perfect meal ...wish can have it

  5. Rajma chawal is an all time Favorite Divya...nice clicks as always. But i like a big bowl of rajma n just a spoonful of rice not this bit of rajma like your pic ;-)

  6. My most fav Sunday lunch!!! Looks delicious..;)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  7. Rajma chawal looks simply inviting,would love to have anytime.

  8. this is my all time fav rice combo..looks really nice

  9. yummy Divya. Nice recipe for an easy morning.

  10. Woww.. mouth watering here .. very healthy and delicious recipe.. looks yummy !!

  11. Its one of my fav combos.. Looks so yummy Divya :)


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