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Rajma Masala Curry Punjabi Recipe

Rajma Masala

Rajma Masala is a popular Punjabi dish of kidney beans in a flavourful onion tomato base. Rajma-Chawal is a mouth-watering combination that is popular in North India. Punjabi Rajma Curry is nutritious and filling and looks absolutely appealing when cooked in a thick tomato gravy with an aromatic mix of spices.

Red Kidney Beans are true superfood that are packed with protein, fibre, folate and magnesium. The health benefits of red kidney beans include protecting against heart disease, stabilizing blood sugar levels, anti-aging and weight loss properties. They are a good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber and have a low Glycemic Index.

Rajma Masala Punjabi Style:

Rajma curry is a nutritious and filling dish where red kidney beans are simmered in an appetising and delicious onion-tomato gravy. Curried red kidney beans go well with hot rice and green salad.

Punjabi Red Kidney Beans Recipe

Rajma Masala

This quick and easy red kidney beans recipe cooked Punjabi style is mildly spiced but carries all the authentic flavours of Punjab!

How to make Punjabi Rajma Masala:

Rajma for Punjabi red beans recipe

Red Kidney Beans

 1. To make Punjabi Rajma Curry, soak red kidney beans in water overnight. Drain the water, wash rajma under fresh water. Pressure cook with sufficient water for about 20-30 minutes. Retain cooking liqueur.

Ingredients for Curried Beans Recipe

Rajma Ingredients

2. Peel and finely chop the onions, tomatoes and fresh coriander. Heat oil in a frying pan and crackle cumin seeds.

Saute onions for Indian kidney beans curry recipe

Saute onions

3. Add the onions and ginger-garlic paste (You can use finely grated ginger and minced garlic). Saute till the onions become slightly brown.

Fry tomatoes for rajma masala curry recipe

Add chopped tomatoes

4. Tip in the tomatoes and cook with a lid on till the tomatoes soften.

Add spice powders to kidney bean curry recipe

Add dry spices

5. Sprinkle turmeric, cumin powder, salt, sugar, red chilli powder, coriander powder and garam masala powder. Combine well.

Add cooked rajma to masala gravy for rajma recipe

Add kidney beans

6. Add the cooked red kidney beans and mix well. Add 1 cup of cooking liqueur, cover with a lid and simmer on medium flame for about 10 minutes till the gravy thickens. 

Add cooking liqueur to curried beans for beans curry recipe

Add cooking liqueur

7. Sprinkle Kasuri Methi and mix in butter. Garnish the red beans curry with coriander leaves.

Rajma Masala Recipe

Simmer kidney beans

8. Serve Punjabi Rajma Masala Curry with Cumin Flavoured Rice or Wheat Parathas.

Punjabi Rajma Recipe

Punjabi Rajma

If you are looking for more beans recipes Indian, do try out Sheem Shorshe and Baked Vegetables.

Red Kidney Beans Recipe details:

Rajma Masala Recipe
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Flavourful and delicious Kidney Beans Curry is a popular Punjabi vegetarian dish. Try out this easy Rajma Masala Recipe for Roti or Chapathi!
Course: Vegetarian Main Course
Cuisine: Punjabi
Servings: 5
Calories: 99 kcal
Author: Shil
  • Rajma/kidney beans – 1 cup
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Onion – 2 medium sliced
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder– 1/4 tsp
  • Tomato – 2 medium chopped
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Jeera Powder – ½ tsp
  • Coriander Powder – ½ tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder – ½ tsp
  • Coriander Leaves to granish
  • Kasuri Methi – 1/4 tsp
  • Sugar - 1/4 tsp
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Butter - 1/2 tbsp
  1. To make Rajma Masala Dhaba Style, wash and soak rajma overnight.
  2. Next morning, discard water, wash rajma in fresh water and pressure cook for about 25-30 minutes till soft. Strain and keep aside. Retain the cooking liqueur.
  3. Chop onions, tomatoes and coriander leaves.
  4. Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and allow to crackle.
  5. Add chopped onions, stir, add ginger-garlic paste.
  6. Fry for 4-5 minutes on medium heat till onions turn brown.
  7. Put in the chopped tomatoes. Cook covered on low flame for 3-4 minutes till the tomatoes become mushy.
  8. Add turmeric, red chilli powder, cumin powder, salt, sugar, coriander powder and garam masala powder. Sauté till the masalas are well mixed.
  9. Add the boiled rajma, mix well and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add liqueur (1 cup) and cook covered for 10 minutes on medium flame till the dish reaches the desired consistency. Add water if necessary.
  10. Dry roast kasuri methi on a tava and add to the simmering rajma masala. Cook for a minute more, add a blob of butter and remove. Garnish rajma masala gravy with fresh coriander leaves.
  11. Serve Rajma Masala Punjabi style with Chawal, Jeera Rice or Phulkas.


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