Oct 132014

Rajma or Kidney beans is a very healthy food that is widely used across the world cuisines. Mainly used in the form of black beans in Mexican recipes, I use it in my quesadilla, burrito and even in wraps and rolls. It is a very fibre-rich and cholesterol-lowering bean variety and in India, it is mainly used in the form of curry or Punjabi gravy masala. It is served in almost every restaurant in India and is savored mainly with roti or naan.

I prepared a basic rajma masala using onion-tomato puree and added milk and curd to enrich its flavor and texture. Serve this for dinner along with roti and you will surely wake up energetic the next morning πŸ™‚

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Serves: 2

Preparation time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 30 mins


Rajma/kidney beans – 1 cup (boiled with a pinch of salt)

Onions – ΒΌ cup (finely chopped)

Tomatoes – Β½ cup (finely chopped)

Milk – 3 tbsp

Curd/buttermilk – 3 tbsp

Jeera/cumin seeds – 1 tsp

Fennel seeds – 1/2 tsp

Cinnamon – Β½ inch piece

Star anise – 1

Bay leaf – 1

Oil – 1 tbsp

Coriander-cumin powder – 1 tsp

Garam masala powder – 1 tsp

Chana masala powder – 1 tsp

Dry mango powder/amchur – Β½ tsp

Red chili powder – 1 tbsp

Dry fenugreek leaves/kasoori methi – 1 tsp (crushed)

Salt – to taste

Coriander leaves – to garnish


  1. In a small bowl, mix together the milk and curd and whisk till they combine well. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add the cumin and fennel seeds. Fry for few seconds and add cinnamon, star anise and bay leaf. Fry till nice aroma comes.
  3. Add the onions and let them fry.
  4. Add the garam masala powder, chana masala powder, coriander-cumin powder, kasoori methi.Β Fry for a while.
  5. Then add the tomatoes and a pinch of salt. Add the water left from boiling the rajma/kidney beans and cook till the tomatoes become mushy.
  6. Remove from heat and let it cool. Discard the bay leaf, star anise and cinnamon from the mixture.
  7. Into a blemder, add the cooled onion-tomato mixture, about ΒΌ cup of boiled rajma/kidney beans, milk-curd solution and blend into a smooth paste.
  8. Add the prepared paste into the pan and also add the remaining rajma/kidney beans.
  9. Season with desired salt, dry mango powder and red chili powder. Cover and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  10. Remove from heat and garnish with coariander.


  2 Responses to “Rajma Masala (Kidney Bean Curry)”


    Its really yummy send some more recepies with rajmah

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