Rajma Masala(red kidney beans)

Rajma masala, the quintessential comfort food for all North Indians. Red kidney beans cooked in a scrumptious masala or gravy of onions and tomatoes, simmered in garam masala till soft and fragrant. Packed in nutrients and protein, it is the perfect accompaniment to steamed rice and butter garlic naan.

A scrumptious and much loved Red kidney beans or Rajma curry made with just 8 ingredients and in 30 mins! Packed with protein,serve this thick curry with steamed rice and naan for the perfect weeknight indulgence .Diwali is over. And I am feeling a wee bit sad. Its my favorite Holiday after all,followed by Christmas. Well, atleast I still have that to look forward to.

The day began as it always has…with complete and utter chaos (read: Panic!!).The list of things to do that I carry around in my mind was never ending. It seemed improbable that I could really do it all. Alone. Without help. And with an extremely boisterous and hyper excited almost 4 yr old in tow!

So I worked hard and non stop, in spite of a bleeding finger to make my home ready for Diwali, to get the Party menu ready, to get the Pooja things sorted and it was such a happy feeling when we saw the final look in the evening.

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A driveway filled with clay diyas..a roof glittering with tiny fairy lights, gently swaying glass bottled lanterns in the balcony, the air heavily perfumed with fresh marigold and chrysanthemums…rose petals floating in my fave urli..Yes, it was beautiful. My home looked beautiful and it made everything seem peaceful in its wake. Before the guests arrived and the cacophony of crackers took over, before the pooja bells tolled and we got decked up in shimmery saris, I felt a moment of calm wash over me.A feeling that comes from believing in a divine power..a superior something, I like to think of it as my guardian angel watching over me.

I make mistakes. But I don’t ever try to belittle anyone. Or hurt anyone. My heart has and always will be transparent..I move on. And I left a few people behind this year who I thought were friends…and now, I feel calmer knowing I don’t have to be in a rat race..knowing that I am better off without such negativity in my life. And here’s the thing, no one can ever dim the light within you if you don’t allow them to.

At the end of the day for me, Light = Hope. And with this post, I wish everyone of my viewers a world full of hope and joy, happiness and health. Stay blessed. Diwali vignettes on my FB page and INSTAGRAM, all on the sidebar of the homepage. Go follow now 🙂 

But today is another day..and after all the feasting and cooking and cleaning (missing my help so so much), I was just not in the mood to make anything even remotely complicated. I mean, its Saturday!! And a girl deserves a break, right??

So, I took the sly suggestions of P and made yet another fave from his growing up years. Having studied in Delhi, P is a pseudo Northie or Delhite and apart from Chicken Tikka Masala and Chicken tikka wraps, this rajma chawal is the way to his silly little beating heart.

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Although red kidney beans are great baked or with your breakfast egg tortillas or burritos, we Indians love to make a curry of it {like we do with most ;)} This curry however couldn’t be any less daunting.

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Soul satisfying Rajma Chawal made with 8 ingredients and ready in 30 mins ! Click To Tweet

Made of just 8 ingredients and ready in 30 mins, its simple and delicious at the same time. The perfect couch food where all you need is some steamed rice and may be naan to make this a feast. With the winters already here, who wouldn’t want to indulge in this soul satisfying dish of the much loved Rajma- Chawal?Not many that I know of.

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Xo,
S 🙂

 Rajma masala, the quintessential comfort food for all North Indians. Red kidney beans cooked in a scrumptious masala or gravy of onions and tomatoes, simmered in garam masala till soft and fragrant. Packed in nutrients and protein, it is the perfect accompaniment to steamed rice and butter garlic naan.

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Rajma Masala(red kidney beans)
 
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A scrumptious and much loved Red kidney beans or Rajma curry made with just 8 ingredients and in 30 mins! Packed with protein,serve this thick curry with steamed rice and naan for the perfect weeknight indulgence .
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Recipe type: Main course
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Red kidney beans or Rajma - 1.5 cups
  • Onions, chopped - 2
  • Tomato puree - 1 cup
  • Tomato paste / ketchup - 2 tsp
  • Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tbsp
  • Green chili , split -2
  • Bayleaf - 1
  • Cilantro , chopped finely - ¼ cup
  • Masala:
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric - ½ tsp
  • Chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Garam masala - 1 tsp
Instructions
  1. Start by soaking the kidney beans over night. Before you are ready to cook, drain the water, wash thoroughly and pressure cook with water and salt till done. Almost 5 whistles.
  2. If using, ready made pre cooked kidney beans, skip the above step.
  3. In a large pot , heat 1 tbsp oil. Add the onions and ginger garlic paste, saute for 3 mins till raw smell leaves.
  4. Add the ingredients listed under masala, the green chili and salt. Stir for another minute till fragrant.
  5. Add the tomato puree, the tomato paste and cook for 7-8 minutes till tomatoes become thick and leave oil at the sides. This will be your masala gravy.
  6. Remember to add water if the masala starts sticking. Keep stirring.
  7. Next, add the cooked rajma or kidney beans, 1 cup of water and salt as per taste. Add the bayleaf and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes till thick.
  8. Take a masher, and smash ¼ of the beans in the curry to make it creamier and thicker. Remember to scrape the bottom of the pot , stir the curry, adjust consistency by adding more water if needed.
  9. Garnish with coriander and serve hot with steamed rice and naans.

5 thoughts

  1. thanks for your wonderful recipes each time……can you please tell me the substitute of tomato paste…thank you…take care

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