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Friday, October 11, 2013

Rajma Masala Recipe-Punjabi Rajma Masala-Kidney Beans Gravy

This is a very popular Punjabi recipe which goes well with roti, parathas, naan and rice. I have long time back post rajma recipe without onion and garlic. Today we will learn how to make Punjabi style Rajma or Kidney beans gravy following our step wise pictures.

Rajma masala-Punjabi Rajma masala

How to make Rajma Masala

Prep time - under 15 mins
Cook time - under 30 mins
Serves -3

Ingredient needed

Onion - 1 cup chopped
Tomato - 1 cup chopped
Rajma/red kidney beans -1/2 cup
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp

Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 - 1 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Cumin powder/jeera powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder -1/2 tsp
Salt as required

Oil -1 1/2 -2 tbsp (or butter + oil mixed together)


Wash and soak rajma overnight. Rinse and pressure cook rajma for 5 whistles with a little salt and just enough water to soak the rajma. Rajma should be soft.


Heat 1 tbsp of oil, add chopped onions and fry until onion turns golden brown. Keep stirring continuously for even browning. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for a few more seconds.

Then add chopped tomatoes, chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala, salt needed and cook until tomatoes become mushy and oozes out oil.

how to prepare rajma masala

See how the tomatoes are cooked (in the picture below). Now leave it to cool. After it cools grind it to a smooth paste.

preparing onion tomato paste

Heat another half tbsp of oil, add the ground paste, saute for a few seconds (as we have already cooked the onion and tomatoes well, you need not saute for more than a few seconds) and add the cooked rajma along with the water.

kidney beans gravy

Add more water if required, simmer for few minutes until everything gets blended well.

Alternatively you can pressure cook for another 1 whistle if you are preparing it in a pressure pan. Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker and boil for few minutes until everything gets blended well.

Sprinkle a pinch of garam masala and garnish with coriander leaves. Delicious Punjabi Rajma is ready. Serve hot with rice or roti or parathas or naan. Check more side dishes for chapati.

how to make Punjabi rajma masala

More Rajma Recipes 

Rajma chawal or curry 

Rajma in Tomato gravy (no onion no garlic recipe)

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  1. Rajma masala looks super yumm.. Love the colour.

  2. The rajma masala is a more often curry made with rotis for dinner. I love your reddish yellow color curry & looks yumm. Mine always has a dark brown color & I add whole spices too.

  3. rajma looks so delicious, cute kadai :)

  4. I was going through your all recipes.
    all of them were so well written and explained properly..
    Thanks for sharing these indian recipes with us.

  5. Rajma luks really yummy.. :) thnks 4 sharing it wid us

  6. Hi Padhu,
    Can i add Paneer to this recipe ?

  7. HI,
    I have followed few of your recipes and they are really good.!
    All of them taste perfect. But i don't seem to get the same red color what u always get. Mine turns dark brown/brown even with same ingredients! Can u help me with that?

  8. Princess -thank you for liking my recipes. I use Kashmiri red chilli powder -that's the reason

  9. Hi,
    Tried your rajma recipe today it came out well. Thank you.

  10. i had tried this. its delicious.
    thanks padhu.

  11. Hi will it be good with rice... Suggest side dish

    1. You can make any pachadi/raita or salad as side dish for rajma chawal.

    2. itz very good with rice

  12. Hi nice recipe!. Any idea where in US can you buy foxtail millet specifically?? Thanks in advance.

  13. Hi padhu.. tried this recipe today and had with rice.. heavenly.. thanks

  14. Tried your recipe and it was amazing as usual!


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