Sunday, April 28, 2013

Rajma Masala Recipe - Punjabi Rajma Masala (Red Kidney Beans Curry)

Punjabi Rajma Masala
Rajma Masala is one of my comfort recipe anytime....I always stock up Rajma(Red Kidney Bean)in my kitchen......and by now I have tried all varieties of rajma that is available at Nilgiris :) I have already posted a basic slow cooked version of rajma masala, I bookmarked this recipe long back and when I was browsing for rajma recipes last week....found this and I was all set to make the punjabi version of rajma curry. It turned out unique and delicious and it paired well with rotis and steamed rice.
Rajma Masala Recipe
I usually dont talk much here as I am always in short of words but then I am in a mood to write today :) No nothing food related I promise haha :) I am not much of a movie person but love watching movies with good stories and theme. Not that I dont watch other entertainment movies. ...I prefer watching my kind of movies even twice or thrice than watching a entertainment movie, yes thats me :o
And director Radha Mohan is my fav director , each movie carrying a clean story,message with his sense of humour.....totally my kind. I loved all his earlier releases esp Mozhi and Abhiyum Nanum is my fav anytime. I always wait for his movies to get released and finally got to watch Gauravam yesterday......though it didnt impress me much as of his earlier movies, should say it wasn't a great disappointment. Now again the waiting starts for his next movie...:) And lets get on to learn how to make easy punjabi rajma masala recipe...

Rajma Masala Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins + rajma soaking time | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: North Indian | Recipe Reference: Monsoon Spice

Rajma(Red Kidney Bean) - 3/4 cup
Garam Masala powder- 1/4 tsp(optional)
Kasoori Methi - 1 generous pinch
Cream / Milk - 1 tbsp(optional)
Coriander leaves - 2 tsp chopped
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Oil - 2 tsp
Jeera - 1/2 tsp

To saute and grind:

Coriander seeds - 2 tsp
Red Chillies - 2
Onion - 1 medium sized
Tomatoes - 2 medium sized
Garlic - 4 cloves
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
Cinnamon - 1/4 inch piece
Cloves - 2


  1. Soak rajma overnight atleast for 8 hrs, rinse it in water for 2-3 times.Then pressure cook along with water till immersing level until soft(I did for 7 whistles, depends on variety of rajma), Set aside.Reserve the drained rajma cooked water for later use.Heat oil in a pan add the ingredients listed under 'to saute and grind'.
    How to make rajma masala - Step1
  2. Cook till raw smell of tomatoes leave and is slightly mushy. Cool down and then transfer it to a mixer.
    How to make rajma masala - Step2
  3. Grind it to smooth paste without adding water,set aside. Heat oil in a pan - temper jeera, let it splutter.Then add the onion tomato paste.
    How to make rajma masala - Step3
  4. Then add garam masala and saute for 2mins then add reserved rajma cooked water and let it boil for mins. Dilute it well as it has to cook for more time.Then add cooked rajma and required salt.
    How to make rajma masala - Step4
  5. Cover with a lid and let the gravy thicken and let rajma absorb the gravy well.Add milk/cream, give a quick stir and cook for 2mins. Finally garnish with coriander leaves and kasoori methi, quick stir and switch off.
    How to make rajma masala - Step5
Serve it with hot steamed rice....yum! Loved the aroma the whole house was filled in with...Now its your turn to check it out for yourself :)
Punjabi Rajma Masala Recipe

My Notes:

  • Pressure cooking time of rajma depends on the variety of rajma.
  • Switch off the gravy consistency as per your liking.
  • Adding cream and garam masala is purely optional but gives a nice aromatic flavour.
  • The orginal recipe calls for tomato puree, I grinded the tomatoes along with the spices for convenience.
  • Pressure cooking rajma till nice soft and then simmering in the gravy makes the bean absorb the gravy well.
Rajma Masala

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. The rajma masala looks so rich and yum!!! your pictures are making my mouth water. A great recipe indeed :)

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  3. lovely pictures looks so tempting, I can eat as such :)

  4. Rajma Chawal is my better half's fav dish. Like the rich colour of the gravy!

  5. It looks fantastic, Sharmi! Thanks for letting me know :)

  6. Delicious pictures.. the gravy looks so rich and creamy!

  7. Rajma is my comfort foo too.. liked this version vermuch specially the color.. nice clicks..
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  8. Even i love Radha mohan's movie, my all time favourite movie from him is Mozhi..Rajma masala looks super delicious and love that beautiful colour of the gravy.

  9. i have tried rajma recipe several times but most of the time rajma will be not too soft and gravy more or less watery. i'll try this recipe as the same looks yummy

  10. Yummy pictures, perfect with hot rotis...

  11. Mouth watering,it's 12 midnight and I wish to make it right now,hehehe,will make tomorrow for sure.

  12. thanks!!!! looks delicious! gonna try it out d first thing 2morrow :)

  13. yes i tried it really it is very tastey.

  14. Really a good recipe.I tried it. Everyone just loved it.Thanks for sharing!!!!!!

  15. Thanks for your recipe. I made some changes though. I added rajma to some oil and sauteed it and then added the ground paste, some garam masala milk and let it all cook for 2 mins. In any case your recipe was very useful and easy. keep up the good work!

  16. Tried today, turned out awesome. Thanks so much! Keep up the good work.

  17. Hi Sharmi ,Thanks for all the recipes .I can see you have used 2 redchillies in the pictures but I did not find it in the ingredients list .Can you please make the correction ? Thanks ,

    1. Thanks for notifying...yes made the correction now :)

  18. HI

    Can we use slow cooker for this recipe or

    Can you update the recipes to show the slow cooker version please?

    1. I have not used slow cooker so not sure about the procedure/method...sorry

  19. Delicious must try it In coming Sunday..

  20. Hey,
    In stumbled across this recipe during the summer when my mom would force me to cook. I was looking for something hearty and easy. The steps were east to follow and i made it. It was delicious. Since that summer day Ive recreated your recipe numerous times and its always a hit. Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe

  21. Very nice, mouth watering, yummy recipe good looking pictures thanks

  22. Thanks for posting mouth watering recipe

  23. Tried today, turned out awesome. Husband commented as restaurant taste .Thank you so much!

  24. I tried today really its yummy but one question how long to simmer after adding rajma in gravy

    1. Till it becomes slightly thick in consistency..........


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