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Rajma Masala

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 6 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Priya Shiva


  • 1 cup Rajma / Red Kidney Beans
  • 3 ripe tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Grated ginger
  • 4 Garlic Finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Carom seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala
  • 1 tsp Red chili powder
  • Vegetable oil - 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves for garnishing


  1. Soak rajma in water overnight or minimum 6 hours. Add Rajma with 3 cups of water in a pressure cooker and cook till kidney beans are soft and easily mash between fingers.

  2. Heat a pan and add oil to it. When the oil is warm add cumin seeds, carom seeds and let it crackle. Add turmeric powder and mix.

  3. Add onion and saute till translucent. Now add ginger and garlic and saute. 

  4. Add chopped tomatoes to it. Saute for few minutes till the tomatoes are nicely cooked and mushy.

  5. Add 2 tbsp water, garam masala, red chilli powder and mix well.

  6. Now add this gravy to cooked Rajma and salt and mix well. If you feel the gravy is too dry, add little more water. Close the cooker and give 1 whistle.

  7. Garnish it with coriander leaves and serve it hot with rice or flat bread.