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rajma masala is rich, creamy, spicy red bean curry served in cast iron pan
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Rajma Masala

Rajma masala is red kidney beans cooked in most rich, creamy, spicy onion-tomato curry base. Protein packed curry that is popularly served with hot steamed rice. It's vegan!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: curry, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 387kcal


  • 1.5 cups rajma kidney beans
  • 2 onions
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon shah jeera cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon red chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 2 -3 teaspoon rajma masala
  • 1.5 tablespoon oil
  • Salt to taste


  • Fresh coriander leaves
  • onions


  • Soak rajma in enough water overnight. Next day, pressure cook rajma with salt for about 2-3 whistles. Once pressure settles down, take the cooked rajma out. Take half the rajma and mash it coarsely.
  • In a pan heat oil. To hot oil add cumin seeds and let it splutter. Add finely chopped onions and sauté till onions turns soft.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and cook till the raw smell of the paste is gone.
  • Add tomato puree and cook till oil separates from the sides of the pan. Add tomato paste and cook another 3 minutes.
  • Add all the spice powders(except for garam masala) along with salt and mix well.
  • Now add the cooked and mashed rajma, mix well. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  • Add ¼ to ½ cup boiling water or more, reduce the flame to medium and cook covered for about 20 to 30 minutes. Keep mashing the rajma at regular intervals.
  • Once rajma turns thick, add garam masala, mix and turn off flame.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and onion rings. Serve hot with steamed rice or phulkas.


Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 703mg | Fiber: 31g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1415IU | Vitamin C: 17.3mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 4mg