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Rajma (red kidney bean curry)

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Rajma (red kidney bean curry)
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This dish is extremely popular not just in North India but elsewhere as well. Serve Rajma with plain boiled rice, Kachumbar salad and your favorite pickle.


  • 2 cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed under running water
  • 2 tbsps vegetable/canola/sunflower cooking oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 medium-sized onions chopped fine
  • 2"piece of ginger jullinned
  • 6 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped into 1" cubes
  • 2 fresh green chillies chopped fine
  • 2 tsps coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • A pinch of asafetida
  • Chopped coriander to garnish


  • Heat the oil in a deep pan and add the cumin seeds. When they stop sizzling, add the onion and fry till soft.
  • Add the ginger and garlic and fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add the green chillies, tomatoes, coriander, cumin, turmeric and garam masala powders and fry till the oil separates from the masala.
  • Add the red kidney beans, 3 cups of warm water, asafetida, salt to taste and cook till beans are very soft (aproximately 10 minutes).
  • Mash some of the beans roughly (this thickens the gravy).
  • Garnish with corainder and serve piping hot with plain boiled rice and Kachumbar salad and a pickle of your choice.
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 3 out of 5
Easy, economical, and went over very well., Member LarryMudd

I used a starch instead of mashing beans to thicken the sauce up a bit, because I am lazy. My kids, (who are both quite picky) absolutely destroyed this - definitely going in the regular rotation, both as a vegetarian-indian main or as a quick side to pull out of the freezer on nights when we're having a carnivore's curry. I doubt that the genius that gave this recipe a one-star review will be back to read this, but just in case: Pssssst... when a recipe calls for tinned beans and you want to substitute dry, soaking isn't going to be enough; you are going to have to cook them first. Thank you, Petrina - my family is well-pleased with this!

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