Monday, 31 December 2012

Rajma Chawal

Rajma Chawal
(Red Kidney Beans & Rice)

Rajma Chawal

Rajma chawal is a popular Indian vegetarian dish consisting of red kidney beans in a thick gravy with lots of spices & usually served with rice/roti. This dish generally lists as a top favorite of north Indians.

Rajma Chawal

Rajma chawal is a very simple dish, which is not only tasty but also full of proteins. Rajma is
rich in 
iron & protein, when it is combined with rice, it is a great source of carbohydrates.

Rajma Chawal

Rajma chawal is a great combination. It is a complete meal in it self.


For rajma:

1 cup rajma (red kidney beans)
2 onion grated
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp mustered seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander powder
2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
3 big tomatoes
2-3 tbsp fresh coriander leaves finely chopped
3-4 green chilies
1 tbsp rajma masala
4-5 cups water
Salt to taste


1. Soak red kidney beans overnight. Drain & wash them. Pressure cook with 1 tsp salt with   
    about 4-5 cups of water till the beans are soft. 

2. In a blender puree tomatoes. Chopped green chilies.

3. Heat oil in a pan, add mustered seeds, cumin seeds, when they crackle, add onion,
    chopped green chilies & 
fry till onions are golden brown.

4. Add ginger-garlic paste, stir for few seconds, now add tomato puree, turmeric powder,
    red chili powder, coriander powder & sauté for 2 
minutes on medium flame.

5. Add rajma masala & boiled rajma, mix well. Mash some beans with back of ladle. Add
    more water.

6. Let it cook on medium flame for about 10-15 mins for all the flavors to be soaked in by  
    kidney beans.

7. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with rice/roti.


For steamed rice:

2 cup basmati rice
4 cup water
1 tsp pure ghee


1. Wash & soak rice for 5 mins.

2. Place rice in a covered sauce pan, add water, ghee, put on high heat. 

3. As soon as it boils rapidly, reduce heat to medium/low & keep simmering for 10 mins. 

4. Remove pot from burner but still do not open the lid. let the rice rest undisturbed for 5 mins.

5. Fluff rice with a fork before serving.

6. Serve hot with rajma.


  1. Wonderful rajma, love them totally :)


  2. i saw this on tasty kitchen and was wondering it was good. i will have to try it. rajma chawal is so delicious dish

    .thankyou for shearing this information with us!chowringhee

    north campus


  3. rajma is my fav too combo with rajma with chawal, i love this recipe. will try for sure. thankyou for shearing !chowringhee satyaniketanr

  4. Rajma my first love! i really like your post mate. will surely try this out. cheers!