Nothing spells Comfort food for me like Rajma Chawal. It is undoubtedly one of the most popular North Indian Curry. You can enjoy this Rajma masala with Rice, roti or paratha.
Rajma Masala with rice is my most favourite dish since childhood and my kids share my love for this awesome dish. So it is made every week and is never out of demand.
Rajma or kidney Beans gets its name because of its shape and colour. These are not only a good source of protein but help in reducing cholestrol, good for digestion and good for diabetics also. Because of its high protein and fibre it is good for reducing weight also.
How to Make Rajma masala
Soaking time: overnight or at least 7-8 hours
Cooking time: for boiling- around 20 minutes
For making gravy: 5 minutes
1 cup Rajma/ Red Kidney Beans
Salt to taste
¼ tsp turmeric powder
2 medium tomatoes
1 piece of ginger
1 green chili chopped
1 tbsp oil
¼ tsp Heeng/ Asafoetida
½ tsp Jeera
¼-1/2 tsp red chili powder ( depends on your taste)
1 tbsp Dhania/ coriander powder
¼ tsp Garam masala
Chopped coriander leaves
To make Rajma Masala
Wash and soak Rajma in enough water overnight or at least 7-8 hours.
Add salt and turmeric powder to Rajma and boil it with the water it was soaked in for 3-4 whistles on high. Rajma should be covered in water completely.
Then turn the flame to small and let it cook for 15 more minutes. After steam escapes by itself open the pressure cooker and check that the Rajma is soft. You can check by pressing between your fingers.
While the steam escapes, prepare the curry. Grind tomatoes, green chili, and ginger to a fine paste.
Heat oil in a pan or kadhai. Add Heeng and Cummin seeds. When cumin starts to crackle add red chili powder, coriander powder, and pureed tomato and cook till oil separates. Add boiled Rajma to the gravy and cook for 2-3 minutes. Now add garam masala and cook for another minute.
Taste Rajma. Check the salt and spices and add more if required. Also, you can adjust the consistency of the gravy as per your preference. In my home, we like thick gravy.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot Rajma Masala with rice or Roti/ Chapati.
1 In winters it is better to soak Rajma in a little lukewarm water.
2 If you forget to soak Rajma beforehand, Just give it 3-4 whistles on high and then switch off the flame. Let it stand for 1hour. They will be like soaked rajma. Then cook as mentioned above.
You can try this Rajma Burrito recipe too. It is always a great hit, especially with kids.