Dec 16, 2012

Punjabi Rajma Masala

Rajma or Kidney bean is the ultimate favourite lentil of all Indians esp in north India. Rajma Chawal for every kid means home. The best of Rajma are available in Jammu in India and next time you’re there do buy atleast 5 kgs!

This recipe of Rajma masala goes best with jeera rice and is rich in aromats and whole spices. A quick tip – when you make the masala for the rajma, keep a 2-3 tbsp of it extra separately and you can use it for paneer masala the next day!

Rajma MasalaCooking Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Red kidney beans (Rajma), soaked overnight      1 ½ cups
Oil     3 tbsp
Bay leaves   2
Cinnamon 2 sticks
Cloves 3-4
Hing ¼ tsp
Cumin seeds/Jeera 1 tsp
Black cardamom ( moti elaichi) 1
2 medium Onions, finely sliced       
Ginger, chopped   1 inch piece
Garlic, chopped    6-8 cloves
3 medium Tomatoes, pureed  
Rajma MasalaCoriander powder 1 tablespoon
Cumin powder     1 teaspoon
Red chili powder  2 teaspoons
Turmeric powder  ½ teaspoon
Garam masala powder   1 teaspoon
Salt to taste

  • Pressure cook rajma with five cups of water and salt till totally cooked and soft.
  • Heat oil in a deep pan and add jeera and hing.
  • When it splutters, add bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves, black cardamom and onions on medium flame.
  • After 1 min, add ginger and garlic and continue to sauté till the mixture turns golden.
  • Add tomato puree, mix and continue to cook on low flame.
  • Add coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and cook till the oil leaves the masala. This will take about 10-12 mins.
  • Turn off the gas and blend this mixture in a blender/grinder.
  • Add this masala paste in the rajma and mix.
  • Adjust salt and add Garam masala powder.
  • Lower the heat and simmer for about fifteen to twenty minutes on low heat. Mash a little to make the gravy thick.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice.


  1. For those who love the taste but live in the USA, can you maybe provide commonly found equivalents?

  2. I found all of these ingredients in my local grocery store. Keep looking!



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