Rajma Masala / Rajma curry | Sidedish for rice and rotis

Rajma is mittus favourite I make sure to stock it up in my pantry. This time I used a variety called jamun rajma - as the name says it all, the texture was like jamun very soft and creamy and it cooks faster than the normal variety. This curry I had bookmarked long back from Mahimas space, tried it and loved hte aroma of the gravy.
Rajma Masala Recipe

Rajma Masala Recipe - Ingredients
Recipe Reference : Indianvegetariankitchen
Serves 2
  • Red kidney beans(Soaked overnight) - 1 cup
  • Yogurt - 3 tbsp
  • Lime juice - from 1/2 lime
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish
  • Salt - as required
To temper :
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Jeera - 1 tsp
  • Onion - 1/2 chopped finely
To grind to a fine paste:
  • Onion - 1/2 chopped roughly
  • Tomatoes - 2 to 3 small chopped roughly
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece
  • Garlic pods - 3
  • Cinnamon - 2 inch stick
  • Cloves - 3
  • Star anise - 1(crushed)
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp

Rajma Masala Recipe
  1. Pressure cook red kidney beans with enough water until soft.
  2. Grind all the ingredients listed under 'to grind' to a fine paste without adding water.Keep aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan, add jeera allow it to crackle then add onions. Once onions turn slightly browned, add the ground paste. Add little water(say 1/4 cup) and bring it to gravy consistency.
  4. When the mixture starts boiling, simmer and let it cook on very low flame till oil starts to seperate - it may take around 15 - 20 mins.Add required salt.
  5. Add cooked kidney beans and yogurt, and simmer for another 5 minutes. Squeeze lime juice on the gravy just before serving. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with hot rotisor rice.
Rajma Masala Recipe
My Notes:
  • Simmering the gravy for more time gives a nice taste.
  • You can use the same method for making any lentil based curry.
  • I simmered for more time and the gravy was thick, you can take it a bit runny too depends on how you like/want it to be :)
Rajma Masala Recipe