Kashmiri Rajma Curry

Healthy and nutritious red kidney beans are cooked in Kashmiri flavors to bring out the best combination ever!
kashmiri-rajma-masala-4Kidney beans or ‘Rajma’ as we call it in India is quite a popular stuff in Northern region of India; but my mum never made it during my childhood and I am not sure why. Kidney beans are quite a nutritious thing – it is a good source of dietary fibers, vitamin B1 and iron among many other nutritional benefits. And guess what! It tastes great too! Isn’t that awesome? Healthy food can be tasty too!
This time I bought the special ‘Kashmiri Rajma‘ to make something different than my usual Rajma Masala. Kashmiri kidney beans are a bit smaller in size than the regular version. This recipe is also quite milder than my earlier spicy rajma curry but it is so full of flavors. I always love yogurt based curries which gives intense flavors of the spices without making them too overpowering.

kashmiri-rajma-masala-1The kidney beans require a longer cooking time and additionally you need to soak them for considerable number of hours preferably overnight. I found a short-cut method which is very useful in case you forget to soak the beans last night and still you have made your mind to make nothing else except kidney beans for tonight’s dinner! I suffer from this syndrome way too often and have no idea how to cure it!

kashmiri-rajma-masala-3So in such case what you can do to quickly soften the hard beans is to pour boiling water on them and keep covered for half an hour. Then preferably pressure-cook them for 15 minutes or boil them till soft. I love this dish and ensure to include in our meal at least once a week. This goes really well with rice which is our staple food. Hope you will like it too!


Kashmiri Rajma Curry
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Cuisine: Inidan
Serves: Servings 4
  • Kashmiri Red kidney beans – 1 & ½ cups
  • Soda bicarbonate – 1 tsp
  • Vegetable oil – 4 tbsp [you can replace oil with ghee (clarified butter) for more richness]
  • Onion – 1, medium, finely chopped
  • Asafetida – ⅛ tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Dried ginger powder – 1 tsp
  • Yogurt – ½ cup, beaten smooth
  • Garam masala – 1 tsp
  • Ginger paste – 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 2 tsp
  • Chopped coriander leaves for garnish
  1. Soak kidney beans and soda in water overnight, approximately for 6 to 8 hours.
  2. Drain and cook in fresh water till soft (about 15 minutes in a pressure cooker, after the first whistly).
  3. Drain and keep the beans and water separately till ready to use.
  4. Heat oil (or ghee if using) in a large pot and add asafetida and cumin seeds.
  5. When cumin splutters, add the chopped onion and fry till soft and golden brown.
  6. Next add ginger powder, yogurt and ginger paste, stirring vigorously all the time.
  7. Sauté till oil separates. Add salt, chili powder and cooked kidney beans. Sauté for a minute or so.
  8. Add a cup and half of the rajma water to the pot. Cover and simmer 8-10 minutes.
  9. Add the garam masala and coriander powder, simmer another minute or so and serve hot garnished with the coriander leaves.


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