Punjabi rajma recipe | How to make rajma masala

Rajma recipe is one of the delicious vegetarian curry dishes in India where boiled red rajma beans or kidney beans are slowly cooked in creamy tomato onion gravy flavour with a few Indian spices. This punjabi rajma recipe is popularly known as rajma chawal recipe as it is often served with chawal or rice in north India. In this post, you will learn how to make rajma masala?rajma masala , punjabi rajma recipe , how to make rajma masala
This rajma masala is also known as kidney beans curry which is not only tastes very delicious but also very easy to cook at home, I am sure you can cook delicious rajma curry if you follow each instruction properly mentioned below.

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What is rajma masala

Rajma masala is one of India’s most delicious vegetarian curry dishes, where pressure cooked red rajma or kidney beans cooked in buttery onion-tomato gravy flavoured with a few Indian spices and garnish with cream.  

 

What to serve with the rajma recipe

Rajma chawal recipe is the best combo dish you have to taste. Otherwise, you can serve plain roti, naan, and jeera rice with this rajma recipe.

 

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How to store rajma curry

As we use cream and tomatoes so you can safely store this rajma curry in the refrigerator for at least 2 to 3 days.

But before using make sure you reheat this rajma curry with a dash of water then serve it.

 

Tips to make punjabi rajma recipe

 

  • Choice of Dal: To cook soft and tender rajma curry use red colour rajma or kidney beans from the latest packet, not the old one. Make sure you soak them in sufficient water for at least 10 to 12 hours before using them.

 

  • Choice Of Tomato: As tomato is one of the main ingredients of the kidney beans curry, so to avoid any tangy flavour, choose a large, red, ripe one before making puree at home. If fresh tomato is not available you can use canned tomato puree.

 

  • Cooking Method: While pressure cooking make sure rajma is properly mashed and simmer them for at least 30 min to get the awesome flavour from rajma curry

 

  • Richness Of Gravy: For a rich, thick rajma curry you can add cream and topping butter or ghee at the end of the recipe as mentioned below.

 

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How to make rajma masala

Here, the complete recipe of rajma masala preparation is classified into three simple categories first one is cooking rajma beans,  second one is making rajma masala and third one is cooking rajma curry

so, let’s make it now.

 

 

Cooking red kidney beans


1. At first, for cooking red kidney beans wash thoroughly red rajma dal or kidney beans in water then soaked in sufficient water for at least 10 to 12 hours, until they absorb water and become larger size.

soak rajma dal in water for 12 hours

 

2. Now pour the soaked rajma into a pressure cooker, sprinkle a pinch of salt, and pressure cook for 7 to 8 whistles in medium to high flame and check whether rajma beans mashy or not, if not give another 2 whistles.

cook rajma in pressure cooker for 8 whistle

 

 

Making rajma masala

 

1. Now before making rajma masala cut 5 to 6 tomatoes into quarter shape, deseed them then make a puree.

tomato puree on glass bowl

 

2. Next for cooking punjabi rajma masala melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a large pan on low flame.

melt a few tablespoon of butter in a pan

 

3. Then add some whole spices including 1 small bay leaf,1/2 tsp cumin seed, and saute on low flame.

saute whole spices in butter in low flame

 

4. Next add 3 to 4 onion puree,2 to 3 chopped green chili,1/2 tbsp ginger garlic paste, and saute in medium flame until onions become slightly golden brown.

saute onion puree,ginger paste,chopped green chili

 

5. Now pour 5 to 6 tomato puree and mix it properly with the rest of the ingredients for another 3 to 4 min in medium to low flame.

pour tomato puree in pan

 

6. Furthermore sprinkle 1/4 tsp turmeric powder,1 tsp red chili powder,1 tsp garam masala powder,1/2 tsp coriander powder, and a pinch of salt and gently mix all the spices in this buttery tomato-onion puree.

sprinkle turmeric powder,red chili powder,coriander powder,garam masala powder

 

7. Now saute all of them together for up to 10 to 12 min in medium to low flame until the gravy thickens and leaves the side of the pan.

cook the mixture until it gets thicken

 

Cooking punjabi rajma recipe

 

1. Finally for cooking punjabi rajma recipe add boiled rajma beans with 400 ml of water.

add boiled rajma bean and water

 

2. Mix all of them properly with the rest of the spices.

mix all of the ingredients together

 

3. Next cover the pan with a lid and simmer this rajma curry for 35 to 40 min on low flame. After that period check whether rajma is cooked and becomes soft, otherwise pour more water and cook for more time.

cover the pan with a lid,simmer in low flame for some time

 

4. Now, sprinkle 1tsp Kasuri methi and mix them together.

sprinkle a teaspoon of kasuri methi

 

5. Also sprinkle 3 tbsp freshly chopped coriander leaves and mix them properly.

sprinkle a few tablespoon of freshly chopped coriander leaves

 

6. Finally for add 60 ml cream to this rajma curry.

pour a few table spoon of cream

 

7. Gently mix them together for another 3 to 4 min on low flame and our punjabi rajma recipe is complete.

mix the cream and let the mixture simmer in low flame for sometime

 

Rajma Masala Recipe Card

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Yield: 4

Punjabi rajma recipe ( How to make rajma masala )

rajma masala garnished with a few kasuri methi and freshly chopped coriander leaves served in a white bowl

Rajma recipe is one of the delicious vegetarian curry dishes in India, where boiled red rajma dal or kidney beans are slowly cooked in spicy tomato onion gravy flavour with a few Indian spices. Here is the step-by-step instructions on how to make rajma masala.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Soaking Time 12 hours
Total Time 13 hours 25 minutes

Ingredients

Ingredients For Rajma Masala

  • 150 grams rajma[kidney beans]
  • 1 tbsp salt [adjust as per need]
  • 1 liter water[adjust as per need]
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 3 to 4 onions puree.
  • 5 to 6 tomato puree
  • 1/2 tbsp chopped ginger garlic
  • 2 to 3 chopped green chili
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp kasuri methi
  • 3 tbsp coriander leaves
  • 60 ml cream for garnish

Instructions

How to make rajma masala

  1. At first, for making the rajma recipe wash thoroughly red rajma dal or kidney beans in water.
  2. Then soaked them in sufficient water for at least 10 to 12 hours, until they absorb water and becomes larger.
  3. After that pour the soaked rajma into a pressure cooker, additionally sprinkle a pinch of salt and pressure cook for 3 to 4 whistles in medium to high flame.
  4. After that check whether rajma beans mashy or not, if not give another 2 whistles.
  5. Now cut tomatoes into quarter shape, also deseed tomatoes and make separate pure from them.
  6. Now for making rajma masala add a few tablespoons of butter in a large Kadai melt it on low flame.
  7. Then add some whole spices including 1 small bay leaf,1/2 tsp cumin seed, and saute in low flame.
  8. Next, add chopped ginger garlic and saute on low flame for another 1 min.
  9. After that add onion paste, chopped green chili, saute in medium flame until onions become slightly golden brown.
  10. Now pour tomato puree mix it properly with the rest of the ingredients for another 2 to 3 min on medium to low flame.
  11. Also sprinkle turmeric powder, red chili powder,garam masala powder, coriander powder, and a pinch of salt.
  12. Gently mix all the spices in this buttery tomato-onion puree.
  13. Saute up to 10 to 12 min in medium to low flame until the gravy thickens and leaves the side of the pan.
  14. Now add boiled rajma beans,400 ml water and mix it properly with the rest of the spices.
  15. Then cover the pan and simmer this rajma curry for 20 to 25 min. in low flame.
  16. At this stage check whether rajma is cooked and becomes soft, otherwise pour more water and cook further.
  17. Now, sprinkle a teaspoon of Kasuri methi, coriander leaves mix it properly.
  18. If you using cream just like a restaurant-style rajma recipe add now gently mix, make sure the flame is low.
  19. Finally, serve this delicious punjabi rajma recipe with chawal or rice, naan, pulao, jeera rice whatever you like.

Notes

Rajma Recipe Note

  1. If you are using canned kidney beans make sure use only 2 cans, drain the liquid from it, and rinse them in sufficient water before adding the rajma masala mixture.
  2. If you are using large potatoes cut them in ¼ the size which helps to cook them properly.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

4

Amount Per Serving Calories 360Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 48mgSodium 1971mgCarbohydrates 49gFiber 10gSugar 25gProtein 9g

Disclaimer: The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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