Rajma Masala Recipe – How to Make Red Kidney Bean Curry Recipe

post modified on August 7

Written by Puja

Rajma Masala is a famous North Indian Recipe made with Red Kidney Beans cooked in onion-tomato gravy and some Indian Spices.

Rajma Masala Recipe

I remember being taught at school that “man is a social animal”. I am sure you too would have studied so.

But somewhere in our busy schedules and busy lives, we have forgotten being social. At least I felt that I had stopped being social until about a week back.

Rajma Masala Recipe

Then we moved into this apartment and just as it happens in most apartments, there was a lot of social gatherings that we went into, unwillingly at the beginning but willingly, a little later.

In fact, after I spent some time with my new found friends, I realized that the quote “birds of the same feather flock together” is actually true.

Rajma Masala Recipe

I found that I was so similar to all of those friends in more ways than one.

I felt that I was slowly becoming social again.

Rajma Masala Recipe

And I realized how relaxing it could be, in more than one instances.

Whenever I am stressed or, bogged down with work, spending an hour with this group of mine relaxes me and I feel fresh all over again.

Rajma Masala Recipe

Some discussions are very interesting. At times I find answers to questions that I am stuck with and at certain other times, I find the much-needed motivation, by merely spending a few minutes with them.

And there are such instances where I laugh along with the group like I didn’t in weeks.

Rajma Masala Recipe

No wonder we are called as social animals. If you take away that “social” from us, we cease to exist.

But we have laxity of time today to be social. And probably that is what has helped Mark Zuckerberg build his empire on.

Rajma Masala Recipe

Rajma Masala Recipe – Red Kidney Bean Curry Recipe

Rajma Masala is an instant one pot meal or pressure cooker recipe, where everything goes into one pot and pressure cooked along with onion tomato gravy and some Indian Spices. You can make this recipe in an electric cooker or even in stove top pressure cooker.

Rajma Masala Recipe is a very interesting recipe which most of the North Indians loves to eat along with hot steamed rice or jeera rice. A plateful of rice topped with some rajma curry and few slices of onion is my all time favorite food.

Red Kidney Beans are high in fiber and rich in so many vitamins , minerals like phosphorus , copper, iron ,folate ,Vitamin K1 and so on.

rajma masala recipe

Rajma Masala Recipe

Rajma Masala is a famous North Indian Recipe made with Red Kidney Beans cooked in onion-tomato gravy and some Indian Spices.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 228kcal
Author: Puja


  • 1 cup Kidney Beans soaked overnight
  • 3 nos Onion thinly sliced
  • 3 nos Tomato thinly sliced
  • 5-6 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp Ginger crushed
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Chicken Masala Powder
  • Red Chilli Powder to taste
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1 tsp Dry Fenugreek Leaves
  • 1 pcs Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 pcs Black Cardamom
  • 1 pcs Bay Leaf
  • 5 tbsp Mustard Oil
  • Salt to taste


  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add cumin seeds, bay leaf, cardamom, and cinnamon.
  • Once the seeds starts crackling add onion, turmeric and salt.
  • Fry until golden brown.
  • Take a bowl, add ginger and garlic paste, coriander powder, chili powder, garam masala, and chicken masala powder and mix well by adding little water.
  • Add this mixture to the onion and stir well.
  • Keep frying on a slow flame, stirring in between, until the oil gets separated from the mixture.
  • Add tomatoes and fry the masala's for about 3 to 4 minutes, stirring in between.
  • Now add Rajma and add water as needed.
  • Close the cooker and cook for 20 minutes or until done in a low flame or.
  • Remove the cooker from heat and let it stay until the pressure releases on its own.
  • After some time open the cooker, add some dry fenugreek leaves and give it a nice stir.
  • Simmer rajma for 1 minute and then switch off the stove.
  • Rajma is ready to be served.
  • Serve hot along with rice, roti or paratha.


Always prefer soaking kidney beans in enough water for about 8-10 hours or overnight.
Discard the water and use fresh water to cook.
Since the red kidney beans has toxins so always ensure that you cook kidney beans properly or else it may lead to stomach upset. Red kidney beans shouldn't be consumed raw.


Nutrition Facts
Rajma Masala Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 228 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 3mg0%
Potassium 230mg7%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 3.4mg4%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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