BM #1 - AAE - Day 23 - Rajma Masala | Red Kidney Beans Curry

I bring to you yet another legume dish. Comes in handy when you want a change of taste from your regular vegetable cooking. Rajma chawal is an authentic Punjabi dish. I remember during our days in Delhi, eating in high end restaurants was a luxury. So instead we preferred to eat at small eatery joints which used to serve a combination of Aloo Puri or Chole Kulche or Rajma Chawal.  Order any for a mere Rs 15/- per plate. That is all we could afford at that time :-) Those were good old days full of struggle and by far the best days of our lives. Another popular place for rajma chawal was Nehru Place. The small eateries would be crowded to pick up a plate of delicious rajma chawal.

I haven't gone back to Delhi since 2004. But I intend to very soon and when I do, I would for sure hog on some street side rajma chawal.

Serves 4

1 1/2 cups red kidney beans or rajma, soaked overnight,
2 bay leaves ,
2 medium onions, grated,
1 tsp ginger garlic paste,
3 medium tomatoes, pureed,
1 tbsp coriander powder,
1 tsp cumin powder,
2 tsp red chilli powder,
1 tsp turmeric powder,
1 tsp garam masala powder,
Salt as per taste,
3 tbsp oil,


  1. Pressure cook rajma with five cups of water and salt till totally cooked and soft. 
  2. Heat oil in a pan. Add bay leaves and onion and fry.
  3. Add ginger-garlic paste and continue to sauté till the mixture turns golden. 
  4. Add tomato puree, mix and continue to cook. Add coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and cook till the oil leaves the masala. 
  5. Add rajma along with the cooking liquid and mix. Adjust salt and add garam masala powder
  6. Lower the heat and simmer for about 10 - 15 mins on low heat. 
  7. Garnish with green coriander and serve hot.

Rajma masala goes best with steaming hot basmati rice. You could serve it with hot parathas or puri's. Serve this with jeera rice too. It tastes delicious either ways.

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