Rajma Masala with Jeera Rice

Rajma Masala is popular Punjabi dish.Soft Red kidney beans cooked in thick onion tomato spicy,creamy gravy . This is predominantly served with Jeera rice.

Ingredients(3-4 serving)

  • Red kidney beans(rajma) – 1 cup
  • Tomato  -3 to 4 fresh puree
  • Whole red chill – 2 pieces
  • Onion -2  grated
  • Asafoetida/hing – 1 pinch
  • Red chili – 1 tsp
  • Ginger and garlic paste – 2 tsp
  • Garam masala – 1/2 tsp
  • Rajma masala – 1 tsp
  • Fresh cream/butter – for garnishing
  • Coriander leaves – 1 tsp for garnishing
  • Whole clove – 3
  • Cardamom – 1 to 2
  • Bay leaf – 1 to 2
  • Salt- as per taste
  • Cashew nut powder – 1 tbs optional
  •  Cooking oil – 1 tbs
  •  Ginger- 5-6 julienne
  • For Jeera  Rice
    • Basmati Rice-1cup
    •  Jeera-1 tsp
    • Bay leaf – 1 to 2
    • Black cardamom – 1 to 2
    • Cinnamon-1
    • Salt-1/2 tsp
    • Ghee-2 tbsp
    • Star anaise – 1
    • Coriander leaves -2 tsp


Step 1 – Wash and soak  rajma with sufficient water(5-6 cup water) for 8-10 hours/overnight.

Step 2 – After 10 hours wash rajma in fresh water and put on pressure cooker, add 4 cup water, salt and give 5 whistles, after that cook in low flame 3-4 minutes. Switch off flame and cool it.

Step 3 – Heat nonstick pan then add oil. Add cumin seeds, when cumin seed crackle add bay leaf, cloves then add grated onion fry until turns brown. Add ginger garlic paste and cook  until rawness gone, add all spices red chili powder  rajma masala , salt then add tomato  puree mix it proper and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until oil float on tomato then add rajma with the cooking liquor,mix it and cover it simmer on low flame for 8 to 10 minutes .

Step 4 – Open lid add  garam masala,cashew nut powder mix it,remove from heat and garnish with  and coriander leaves, julienne ginger.

Step 5 – Wash rice and  soak for 30 minutes.

Step 6 – Heat ghee in a nonstick pan. Add cumin seed, bay leaf, cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, whole black paper. When cumin seed crackle add rice, mix it  gentle cook until rice coats with ghee.  Add 2 cups water, salt and  mix it  gently then boil it, when boiling starts cook it in low flame and cover it and let it cook for 10 minutes .Open lid and check when water has been completely absorbed rice is ready remove from heat and cover it for more 10-15 min .Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with Rajma Masala.

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