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How to make Rajma ( Indian Red Kidney Beans)

Rajma (Red Kidney Beans) is a staple comfort food in India. In this blog, I will show you how to make it in your kitchen with very easy steps.


  • 1 cup Red Kidney Beans (Rajma)

  • 3 Onions medium size (Puree)

  • 4 Tomatoes, Fresh or Canned (Puree)

  • 2 green Chillies slit or according to taste

  • 1 tsp Ginger paste

  • 1 tsp Garlic paste

  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder

  • 1 tsp Red chilli powder

  • 1 tsp Coriander Seeds (powdered)

  • 1 tsp Garam masala powder

  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds

  • 2 – 3 tsp Ghee (Clarified Butter)

  • 1 tsp Kasoori Methi (Dried Fenugreek Leaves)

  • Salt to taste

  • Fresh Coriander leaves to garnish

How to make it

1. Cooking Rajmah (Step 1)

▪ Soak red kidney Beans (Rajmah) overnight for approximately 8 hours. Drain and discard the liquid and rinse with cold water.

▪ Pressure cook with ½ teaspoon Turmeric.

2. Preparing Masala (Step 2)

▪ Heat Ghee in a frying pan and add Cumin seeds.

▪ Add onions as the Cumin seeds start to splutter.

▪ Add chillies. Sauté til it turns translucent.

▪ Add Ginger-Garlic paste to the mixture. Stir thoroughly. Fry for two minutes.

▪ Add all powder masala except garam masala and dried fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi). Mix thoroughly and Sauté.

▪ Add Tomatoes and fry til oil separates from the mixture.

3. Combining the ingredients together

▪ Mix the ingredients from Step 1 and Step 2. Mix in salt. Cook another 10 – 15 minutes.

▪ Add Garam Masala and dried fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi).

Garnish with Ghee and Fresh Coriander leaves.

And your world number 1 rajma is read; serve it with hot rice or rotis.

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