Rajma Recipe

This recipe is a very simple and easy way of making One Pot Rajma Masala. Rajma or Kidney Beans Curry is a famous North Indian dish that is made very often in Punjabi households. This is the must have dish in every Punjabi family. The only time-consuming part of this recipe is to soak the rajma or kidney beans. You just have to put all the ingredients in a pressure cooker, and your rajma masala will be ready within just 40 minutes. You can also search for more Punjabi or Vegetarian Recipes like Punjabi Rajma Masala, Malai Kofta, Chana Masala, Lauki Kofta Curry, Hariyali Paneer and many more.

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easy rajma recipe 16Important :

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  • Preparation Time : 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time 40 minutes
  • Total Time : 1 hr
  • Serve For : 2-3

Ingredients :

  • Rajma or Kidney Beans (1 cup) /any variety
  • Tomato (2 big size) /finely chopped
  • Onion (1 big size) /finely chopped
  • Chopped Ginger (1/2 tsp)
  • Chopped Garlic (1/2 tsp)
  • Chopped Green Chilli (1/2 tsp)
  • Cumin Powder (1/2 tsp)
  • Coriander Powder (1/2 tsp)
  • Red Chilli Powder (1 tsp)
  • Turmeric Powder (1 tsp)
  • Cumin Seeds (1/4 tsp)
  • Butter (2 tbsp)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Rajma Masala (1 heaped tsp)
  • Garam Masala Powder (1/2 tsp)
  • Sugar (1/2 tsp)
  • Water (2.5 cups)

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Direction :

  1. Rinse and soak the rajma or kidney beans in enough water overnight or for 9-10 hours.
  2. Next day, drain kidney beans and wash in fresh water and put into a pressure cooker.
  3. Add chopped onion, tomato, ginger, garlic, green chilli, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, cumin seeds, salt, butter and 2.5 cups of water into the pressure cooker.
  4. Stir the mixture very well and pressure cook the rajma for about 15-20 minutes for 20-22 whistle (I did for 20 whistles, depends on the variety of rajma).
  5. When the pressure settles down on its own, open the lid, check if the rajma is cooked or not by pressing a bean. The rajma beans should be completely cooked. If they are not cooked completely, then pressure cook again adding some water if required for some more minutes.
  6. When the rajma are cooked well, put the pressure cooker again on the stove without the lid.
  7. Continue to simmer the rajma on medium heat until the curry thickens a bit.
  8. Meanwhile, add rajma masala, garam masala powder and sugar into the gravy and stir well.
  9. Stir and simmer the rajma curry till its consistency thickens. Mash a few rajma beans with the back of a spoon to thicken the consistency.
  10. When the rajma masala has thickened and comes to the right consistency which is neither too thick nor thin, switch off the flame.
  11. Garnish with some butter and serve hot.

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Soak rajma for 9-10 hours

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After soaking drain water and put it into a pressure cooker

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Add chopped onion, tomato, green chilli, ginger, garlic, butter

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Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder cumin seeds

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Add 2.5 cups of water and stir well

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Pressure cook it for 20-22 whistle

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Rajma should be cooked and boiled well

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Put the cooker again on heat, add rajma masala

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ad garam masala powder

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add sugar

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let it simmer on medium heat until the gravy thickens

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Mash few beans to thicken the gravy

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Now the gravy is thick

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Switch off the flame

easy rajma recipe 14Tips :

  • If you do not have a pressure cooker, use big pot to cook the rajma, but it would take a lot of time to cook the rajma in a pot.
  • Make sure that the rajma is soaked well or else it will take a lot of time to cook.
  • The consistency of the gravy should be thick and smooth, not watery or broth like.
  • Serve Rajma Masala with roti or rice.

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