Monday, May 18, 2015

Easy Rajma Chawal Recipe

Rajma Chawal Recipe
This Rajma Chawal Recipe is quick and easy one which I happened to see in a instagram page.As soon as I saw the recipe, it sounded very easy and thats what I wanted as I was planning for a lunchbox menu.I have already posted rajma chawal recipe, a different version but this version can be done in a jiffy so its apt for packing lunchbox.

I have already posted 2 versions of rajma masala one is my own version and other punjabi version, you can check out the variations.

Rajma Chawal Recipe

Rajma Chawal Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 8 hrs soaking time | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: North Indian

Basmati Rice - 1/2 cup
Rajma - 1/2 cup
Jeera - 1/4 tsp
Big Onion - 1 small
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 3/4 tsp
Chana Masala powder - 1 tsp
Coriander Leaves - 2 tsp finely chopped
Oil - 2 tsp
Salt - to taste

To grind together:

Tomato - 2 medium sized chopped roughly
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
Garlic - 4

To temper:

Ghee - 1 tbsp
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Green Chilli - 1 finely chopped


  1. Soak rajma in water overnight or atleast for 8 hrs. Drain and discard the water. Grind the ingredients listed under 'to grind' to a smooth paste.
    Rajma Chawal Recipe - Step1
  2. While you start making the gravy, soak rice for 30mins atleast and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles with 1:1.5 ratio, fluff the rice and set aside.In a pressure cooker, heat oil add 1/4 tsp jeera let it splutter then add ginger garlic paste fry for 2mins.
    Rajma Chawal Recipe - Step2
  3. Then add chopped onion and saute till transparent then add tomato puree along with the spice powders(red chilli,coriander and chana masala powders) let it boil for 3mins or until the raw smell of tomatoes slightly leave.
    Rajma Chawal Recipe - Step3
  4. Drain water from rajma and add it.Add 1 cup of water and pressure cook for 1 whistle in medium flame then simmer and give 5-6 whistles(depends on the variety of rajma) without adding salt.
    Rajma Chawal Recipe - Step4
  5. Once pressure releases add required salt, heat a tadka pan with ghee, add jeera and green chillies let it splutter, pour this tadka over the gravy, mix well then garnish with coriander leaves.
    Rajma Chawal Recipe - Step4
Mix with hot steamed rice and enjoy rajma chawal!
Rajma Chawal Recipe

My Notes:

  • In the orginal recipe I referred , rajma masala powder was used. I didnt have it so replaced it with chana masala powder.
  • You can have the gray with rotis or phulkas too, tastes great!
  • I cooked rajma until soft and not mushy.If you want you can cook it for extra few whistles mash the rajma and let the gravy boil for few mins to make the gravy more thicker.
  • Adjust spice level according to your taste.
Rajma Chawal Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J

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