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Rajmal & Chawal (Kidney Beans With Rice)

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This is a most common dish in the norhtern India...


Serves: 2-3

For the Rajma

  • 1 cup kidney beans (soaked overnight)
  • 2 onions (finely chopped)
  • 2 cups tomato puree
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh gingerroot
  • 1 teaspoon green chile
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 teaspoons red chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 pinch of turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3½ fluid ounces water
  • cilantro (finely chopped)

For the Rice

  • 2 cups basmati rice (washed and kept in the refrigerator for 15 minutes)
  • 2 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • cilantro (lots, for garnishing)
  • salt (to taste)
  • 12 teaspoons butter / ghee
  • 3 cups water


Rajmal & Chawal (Kidney Beans With Rice) is a community recipe submitted by Sneha and has not been tested by so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

  • Firstly cook the kidney beans in pressure cooker covering it with a cup of water over 4-5 whistles. If you are using microwave, pls cover it with water & cook it for 20mins at 250C.
  • Now in a non-stick pan, add oil,put bay leaves, cloves and garlic-ginger-chilly paste. Once it starts crackling, add onions and cook it until golden.
  • Now add salt & 1 teaspoon of garam masala. Let it cook for 2-3 minutes. Then add turmeric & tomato puree. Stir it for few minutes.
  • Now add kidney beans, 100 mil of water, red chile powder, salt to taste, cumin powder & remaining garam masala. Cover it with lid and let it cook for another 5-7 mins.
  • Now open & check if all the flavours have mixed together. You'll find deliiously red gravy & red beans in it. Remove it from flame and garnish with corriander.
  • For Rice - In a pressure cooker, add ghee & cumin seeds. Once they crackle add the rice and stir if for few minutes on high flame. Now add water & salt. Let it pressure cook on 2 whistles.
  • Garnish it with corriander.
  • Additional Information

    For cooking rice and especially when you want the rice grain to be distinguished from each other, the proportion should be.. For every 1 cup rice, you need 1 1/2 cup water.

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