Rajma masala is an authentic vegetarian dish from India. Kidney beans are a good source of protein and also have health benefits. Rajma mainly consists of red kidney beans in a thick mild-spicy gravy and is usually eaten alongside white rice. However it also tastes great with chapati/roti/naan. Rajma masala is super easy to make, although the beans require soaking for an overnight or a minimum of 6 hours. If you want to know how to this tasty authentic curry, continue reading.
Prep time: 6 hours
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 6 hours 30 minutes
150 g Red kidney beans(1 cup) - soaked overnight 600 ml water (4 cups) 1 small onion - chopped 2 tomatoes - blended into smooth paste 2 green chillies - sliced 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder 1 teaspoon coriander powder 1/2 teaspoon Garam masala 1 teaspoon kasuri methi leaves Coriander leaves 4 tablespoons vegetable oil Salt to taste
- Rinse soaked kidney beans and add it into a cooker along with 4 cups of water.
- Pressure cook until 6 whistles on low flame or until beans is completely cooked. Do not drain water used to cook.
- Heat vegetable oil in a pan on medium flame. Fry cumin for 30 seconds. Then add green chillies and onion, fry them for 2 minutes. Simmer and add ginger garlic paste. Fry it until raw smell goes.
- Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder and salt. Fry these masala powders for a minute on low flame. Then pour blended tomato paste, cover and cook for 2 minutes. You will know that it is cooked when you see oil at the edges.
- Add cooked kidney beans along with the water used to cook. If you like, you can add more water to adjust consistency. Cover and cook on low flame for another 5 minutes.
- Add garam masala, mix and cook for a minute. Then sprinkle 1/2 tsp kasuri methi and turn off flame. (You can also add some butter at the end if you like)
- Garnish with chopped coriander leaves as shown and enjoy with hot Chapatis/Naan/Rotis/Rice.
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