Masala Rajma / Red Kidney Beans Curry / How To Make Rajma Masala Curry

Masala RajmaMasala rajma is typical dhaba dish, very flavorful and famous North Indian dish. Kidney bean is a part of regular diet in Northern India. Rajma masala with plain rice is a favorite dish of North Indians. Red Kidney beans or rajma are soaked for overnight and cooked in a rich onion-tomato spicy gravy and garnished with coriander leaves and onion slices. You can enjoy with rice or roti or paratha or naan or jeera rice, pickle and papad.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3
  • Skill Level: Medium


  • Rajma (boiled) – 1 cup
  • Cumin Seed – 1 tbsp
  • Dry Red Chilies – 2 nos.
  • Garlic-Ginger Paste – 1 tsbp
  • Finally Chopped Garlic – 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder – 1 tbsp
  • Finely Chopped Ginger – 1 tbsp
  • Finely Chopped Onion – 1/2 cup
  • Tomato Puree – 1 cup
  • Salt as per taste –
  • Water as needed –
  • Coriander Leaves (finely chopped) – 2-3 tsbp
  • Coriander Powder – 1 tbsp
  • Garam Masala – 2 tbsp
  • Onion (Slices) – 1/4 cup


  • Wash and soak rajma for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Boil soaked rajma in pressure cooker, add 4 cups of water and ginger-garlic paste.
  • Cook it till gets soft and keep aside.
  • Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat and add cumin seed, dry red chili, garlic, ginger and onion.
  • Fry it till onions turns light brown.
  • Add tomato puree, turmeric powder, salt, coriander powder and garam masala and mix well.
  • Add cooked rajma with water and cook it till gravy will becomes thick.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and sliced onion.
  • Serve hot rajma masala with plain plain rice or roti or paratha or naan or jeera rice, pickle and papad.
MASALA RAJMA was last modified: April 4th, 2014 by Authentic Indian Vegetarian Recipes