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Rajma Masala

4.20 from 5 votes

Rajma Masala or Kidney Bean Curry is a lightly spiced Punjabi tomato and onion based curry prepared with kidney beans sprinkled with garam masala powder - says our inhouse Chef and judge Chef Reetu Uday Kugaji.
Prep Time 8 hrs
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 8 hrs 25 mins
Recipe CategoryVegetarian
Served AsLunch
Servings 4


  • Kidney Beans soaked overnight-0 1 cup
  • Water-04 cups
  • Tomato Puree- 1/4th cup
  • Refined oil- 1 1/2 tbsp.
  • Onions finely chopped -01 large
  • Ginger paste- 01 tsp.
  • Garlic paste -01 tsp
  • Coriander powder -02 tsp.
  • Cumin powder- 01 tsp.
  • Red chilli powder- 01 tsp.
  • Garam masala powder Punjabi- 1 1/2 tsp.
  • For the Garnish:
  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped -02 tsp
  • Whole Red Chillies fried-04 nos.


  • Add water and salt and cook in pressure cooker till 05 whistles.
  • Drain and reserve the cooking liquor. Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add onions and sauté till light brown.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and sauté for 02 minutes. Add coriander powder, cumin powder and red chilli powder and mix well.
  • Add tomato puree stir and. sauté for 05 minutes.
  • Add kidney beans and mix well. Add 1 cup cooking liquor and salt and stir to mix.
  • Add garam masala powder and mix and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and fried whole red chillies
  • Serve hot. Goes best with steamed rice.


  • Kidney beans cause flatulence  so a pinch of asafoetida may be added in the tempering.
About the Author: Chef Reetu Uday Kugaji is a Program Head – Culinary Arts Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and ITM – Institute of Hotel Management, Navi Mumbai.  
She believes that food that she cooks should touch heart and soul of the person and dedicates all her success to her Angel Mother.
Works as Speciality Chef with Percept KnoriginCinecurryChefsutra and as a Food Author with PioneerchefPinksworthTanyamunshiMangobunchPlattershareWomenplanet
Website: Chefreetuudaykugaji, Facebook: Food For Thought,  Twitter: @chefreetuudayk, Instagram: @chefreetuudaykugaji 

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