Rajma is a very popular dish in Northern India. Red Kidney Beans in a thick gravy with lots of Indian Spices is usually served with Rice, Jeera Rice or Chapati or Naan.
Time of Preparation : 40 minutes
No of Servings : 2 to 3
Spice level : 3 out of 5
- Red Kidney Beans – 1/2 cup
- Cinnamon stick – 1/2″
- Cloves – 2
- Bay leaf – 1
- Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
- Onions – 1 cup (finely chopped)
- Green chillies – 2 (finely chopped)
- Ginger – 1 tsp (grated)
- Tomatoes – 1 cup (finely chopped)
- Tomato Paste – 2 tbsp (I have used canned tomato)
- Red chilli powder -1/2 tsp
- Coriander powder – 1 tsp
- Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
- Garam masala powder – 1/2 tsp
- Salt – to taste
- Oil – 2 tbsp
- Asafoetida – a pinch
- Butter – 1 tbsp (optional)
- Heavy cream – 2 tbsp (optional)
Method of Preparation:
- Soak the red kidney bean overnight or soak it in hot water for 2 to 3 hours.
- Pressure cook the Rajma with a pinch of asafoetida for 4 to 5 whistles.
- Heat oil in a pan and add the bay leaf, cinnamon stick and cloves.
- Then add the cumin seeds followed by the chopped onions.
- Add some salt and fry till they become translucent.
- Add the chopped green chillies and grated ginger and fry for 2 minutes.
- Now add the chopped tomatoes and tomato paste and fry.
- Cover and cook it in medium flame for 10 minutes.
- Then add the red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and garam masala and fry for another 3 minutes.
- Add little water if needed. Cook till the tomatoes are completely mashed.
- Now add the boiled kidney beans along with the water and let it boil for 10 minutes.
- Add the butter and heavy cream and mix well.
- Serve hot with rice or chapati.
- If there is excess water which is used to boil the Rajma, we can use that water for the curry.
- We can adjust the water quantity according to our required consistency. I like the Curry to be little thick.
- Adding butter and heavy cream is totally optional.
- We can grind 3 tbsp of cooked Rajma and add to the curry if we want the gravy to be more thick which is again totally optional.