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Rajma Chawal

ananya gupta
480 minutes
Prep Time
45 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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The combination of Rajma and Chawal is a top favourite in North Indian's list as well as Nepalis. Rajma is prepared with red kidney beans in a thick gravy with onion and tomato puree, with many whole Indian spices. Some of the best Rajma grow in Jammu region of J&K, Himachal Pradesh and Nepali hills.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Medium
  • Others
  • Himachal
  • Pressure Cook
  • Boiling
  • Sauteeing
  • Main Dish
  • High Fibre

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. 1 and 1/2 cup Rajma
  2. 3 cups water for boiling rajma
  3. 1 tsp salt for boiling rajma
  4. For Curry:
  5. 4 medium size tomato puree
  6. 2 big onion chopped
  7. 1-inch ginger peeled and chopped
  8. 2 green chilli deseeded chopped
  9. 5-6 Cloves of garlic peeled
  10. 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  11. 1 tsp garam masala
  12. 1 tsp turmeric powder
  13. 1 tbsp coriander powder
  14. 1 tsp amchur powder
  15. Salt to taste
  16. 4 tbsp mustard oil/ any oil
  17. 1 bay leaf
  18. For garnishing:
  19. 1 bunch chopped fresh coriander
  20. For boiled rice:
  21. 1 cup rice
  22. 3 cup water
  23. 1 tsp Salt
  24. 2 green cardamom
  25. 1 tbsp ghee


  1. First, wash Rajma 2-3 times in running water and soaked it overnight or at least 7-8 hours one day before.
  2. Wash and soaked rice in water for 30 minutes
  3. Heat a pan add ghee when it's hot enough add cardamom fry it.add 3 cups water ley it boils.Add rice cook it till rice fully cooked.Strain all water ..Keep it out in a bowl.add 1 tsp ghee and keep it aside.
  4. Now preparing Rajma :
  5. In a cooker add Rajma with soaked water..Add salt boil Rajma at least 20 minutes or till it becomes tender..If after 20 minutes it's not cooked properly add little more water and cook it for more 10-15 minutes but we want tender and soft cooked Rajma.
  6. Meanwhile, we chopped and pureed tomato.
  7. Chopped onion, ginger garlic and chilli and puree it.. keep it aside
  8. Heat mustard/oil in a cooker or heavy bottom pan.
  9. Add bay leaf
  10. Add cumin seeds add Onion, ginger garlic chilli puree.
  11. Saute it till raw smell goes.add all spices chilli powder, turmeric, coriander powder, and mix well.
  12. Add tomato puree mix well.Cook it till oil leaves sides.
  13. Add cooked Rajma with boiled water..Add salt, garam masala, amchur powder, adjust spices.Mix well.
  14. Give one whistle or cook it as till gravy thicken.
  15. Rajma is ready ..Garnish it with chopped cilantro and squeeze lemon juice.
  16. Serve hot with a plate full of rice.Soulful food.Enjoy it with rice chapati or naan

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