Punjabi Rajma

Rajma chawal is a most popular North Indian vegetarian dish, basically it is red kidney beans curry poured over steamed white rice.  It is a considered an aromatic delicious comfort food.  Kidney beans are full of protein and recent evidence shows that they help you lose weight.




  • 2 cups kidney beans (soaked overnight or for about 4 hours)
  • 1-2 onions sliced (depending on the size)
  • 1/2 cup tomato puree
  • 6-7 garlic cloves chopped
  • ginger chopped
  • 1-2 green chillies
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 red chilli powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 3-4 cups water
  • olive oil
  • chopped cilantro to garnish
  • pinch of asafetida


Before we do anything, first we have to soak the kidney beans overnight or for at least 4 hours.  In the pressure cooker, add about 2-3 tbsps of olive oil.  Heat the oil for a couple of minutes then add asafetida and the sliced onions and fry them until brown.  Now add the chopped garlic, ginger and the green chillies.  Sautee for a 4-5 minutes then take it off the heat.  Let the mixture cool down a little bit.  In a blender, put the onion garlic mixture, to that add the tomato puree and blend until smooth.


Put this masala back into the same cooker and roast well until you the oil has separated.  Add salt, red chilli powder, turmeric, garam masala and mix well.  Drain the soaked kidney beans and mix it in the masala.  Sautee it for a few mins.


Add water, just check how much you will need.  I did approximately.  Pressure it until 6-7 whistles.  Open and check if they are cooked or may be need more water.

Once done, garnish it with cilantro and serve hot with white steamed rice.


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Happy Cooking!!!!!






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