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Rajma (Red Beans) Curry

Snigdha's picture
Rajma or Red Beans Curry is a very popular accompaniment with Rotis/Chapathis in North India. This Rajma Recipe has a tangy taste. It can be made hot or spicy according to your choice. Suggestions, comments and feedback on this Rajma Recipe is appreciated.
  Rajma 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Onions 1 , cut thinly
  Green chilies 4
  Tomatoes 4
  Ginger garlic paste 1 Teaspoon
  Coriander powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon (Dhaniya Powder)
  Garam masala powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Turmeric powder 2 Pinch
  Chili powder To Taste
  Salt To Taste
  Mustard seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Jeera seeds 1 Teaspoon (Cumin)
  Cloves 5
  Yogurt 4 Tablespoon
  Butter 1 Tablespoon

Soak Rajma Seeds overnight or for at least 7 hrs.

Pressure cook Rajma Seeds with two cups of water until 4-5 whistles.

Cut & puree tomatoes, yogurt, green chillies in a blender

Heat oil in a vessel & add mustard, jeera, onions, ginger garlic paste, curry leaves. Saute until onions turn golden brown.

Add the blended mixture and little water & let it boil for about 5 minutes.

Add pressure cooked Rajma to this (with the leftover water in the cooker). Add dhaniya powder, garam masala powder, salt and chilly powder. Cook until the extra water evaporates & gravy begins to thicken.

Add a dash of butter and remove from flame. Garnish with cilantro. Serve hot with rice/rotis.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Christmas, Diwali, Holi, Wedding
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
45 Minutes
Rajma (Red Beans) Curry

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 165 Calories from Fat 30

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 3 g5.3%

Saturated Fat 1.6 g8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 6.7 mg2.2%

Sodium 127.8 mg5.3%

Total Carbohydrates 27 g8.9%

Dietary Fiber 6.7 g26.7%

Sugars 4.8 g

Protein 9 g17.8%

Vitamin A 18.1% Vitamin C 50.4%

Calcium 7.2% Iron 18%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


shakti's picture
Looks like a nice recipe. Never tried adding curd etc. I will surely try this soon and give an update.
master2006's picture
Rajma ( Red Kidney Beans) with curd is awesome! Being a lazy person I generally go with canned Goya rajmas but fresh one is definitely better. I am also going to give it a shot and prepare it exactly the same way as Snigdha has specified.Thanks for sharing Snigdha.
Aaliya's picture
Its not mentioned when to add chilli powder....n nor did tht color appeaars as shown in the pic :)....coz of which i tried making rajma....
Snigdha's picture
Hi Aaliya. Thanks for the feedback. Am sorry that the desired color did not come when you tried the recipe. I have made the necessary changes to the recipe. I hope it comes out well the next time you try. Try the following steps: Cook the Tomato puree well, until the raw smell and raw taste disappears. When adding the pressure cooked Rajma, also add the water that is left in the cooker. You will notice that the water used for pressure cooking rajma attains a maroon/dark brownish color. This water also needs to be used in cooking as it retains all the necessary proteins and minerals. Finally adding some coriander powder and garam masala powder gives to a better taste, aroma and color. Hope this helps :)
Chaya's picture
if you still dont get the colour... dont add curd... you can add a little lemon juice instead...adding a teaspoon of sugar enhances its flavour... :)
Snigdha's picture
Never tried adding sugar! Will try it the next time I make Rajma. Thanks.
Anonymous's picture
I has been three years...I am waiting for an update ;)
Snigdha's picture
What update !?!
Anonymous's picture
Shakti mam told that she would try the curd thing and give an update...was waiting for that :)
Snigdha's picture
Shakti....oh yea!..she hasn't been active on ifood lately.
Snigdha's picture
Hi Shraddha May be you are adding raw dhaniya powder(store bought) instead of the roasted dhaniya powder. My personal experience with raw dhaniya powder has been bad, making the dishes a little bitter to taste. Try adding half a teaspoon of sugar or may be an extra tomato for a tangy flavor. Sometimes a sprinkle of lime juice sets things right. Hope these tips help! Thanks
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