Rajma Chawal

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May. 19, 2016

A tangy preparation of rajma is combined with cooked rice to make a lip-smacking Rajma Chawal, which stays fresh in the tiffin box for at least 5 hours. Its almost like having rice with a rajma curry to accompany it, but the best part is that it comes in a convenient one-dish package that is easy for kids to handle at lunch time. We have taken care to make the chawal a little moist, so that it does not get dry after a few hours. So, do not worry if you end up with a slightly moist rice when done that is how it is meant to be. For the short break pack some Murukku ( Tiffin Treats) in another tiffin.


Rajma 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) (kidney beans, soaked overnight and drained)
Cooked rice 3 Cup (48 tbs) (chawal or leftover rice)
Oil 1 Tablespoon
Cumin seeds 1/2 Teaspoon (jeera)
Asafoetida 1/4 Teaspoon (hing)
Sliced onions 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Ginger garlic paste
Chopped tomatoes 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Turmeric powder 1/4 Teaspoon (haldi)
Chilli powder 1/2 Teaspoon
Dhania jeera powder
Salt To Taste
Finely chopped coriander 1 Tablespoon



1. Heat the oil in a pressure cooker and add the cumin seeds and asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.2. Add the onions and ginger-garlic paste and sauté on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes.3. Add the tomatoes, turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander-cumin seeds powder and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.4. Add the rajma and 1 cup of water, mix well and pressure cook for 4 whistles.5. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.6. Add the cooked rice, mix gently and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.7. Add the coriander and mix well.How to packAllow it to cool completely, and pack in an air-tight tiffin box.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 23 Minutes
Ready In: 23 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 301Calories from Fat 41

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 5 g7.7%

Saturated Fat %

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 133 mg5.54%

Total Carbohydrates 56 g18.7%

Dietary Fiber 5 g20%

Sugars 1 g

Protein 9 g18%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet