Cook's Hideout: Rajma Chawal (Red Kidney Bean Curry with Rice)

November 17, 2014

Rajma Chawal (Red Kidney Bean Curry with Rice)

Blogging Marathon# 47: Week 3/ Day 1
Theme: Combo Dishes
Dishes: Rajma Chawal
We are starting our 3rd week of Blogging Marathon today and my theme for this week 'Combo Dishes'. Valli gave us a list of combo dishes and we have to select 3 and post under this theme. So the first combo I chose is Rajma Chawal.
Rajma Chawal
Rajma or red kidney beans cooked with tomatoes and spices is a very filling and hearty dish that is perfect for this time of the year. Served with chawal or rice, there is nothing more comforting than that. I didn't use a whole lot of spices in the curry since I was cooking for the kids, but you can definitely amp up the spice volume, if that is how you like it :-)

Rajma Chawal
I used a can of kidney beans since I wasn't really planning to make this dish. If you plan ahead then soak about 1cup of kidney beans overnight or at least 8~9 hours. Then pressure cook them or boil them until tender. Drain and use as per the recipe.
Rajma Chawal
Ingredients: Serves 3~4
Red Kidney Beans - 1 15oz. can, rinsed and drained (or about 2cups of cooked red kidney beans)
Onion - 1 small, finely chopped
Tomato paste - 2tbsp (or use ½cup chopped tomatoes)
Ginger+garlic paste - 1tsp
Red Chili powder - 1tsp
Ground Coriander - ½tsp
Ground Cumin - ½tsp
Aamchur powder - ½tsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Cilantro - 2tbsp, chopped
Salt - to taste
Cooked Rice - as needed

  • If you are using dry beans, then soak them overnight or at least 8~9 hours. Pressure cook them or boil them until tender. Drain and keep them ready.
  • Heat 2tbsp oil in a pan, add the cumin seeds and once they start to splutter, add the onions and cook till translucent and slightly turning brown around the edges.
  • Add ginger+garlic paste and cook for 1 minute stirring constantly.
  • Next add tomato paste along with ½cup water and the dry masala powders (coriander, cumin, aamchur & red chili powder). Mix well, cover and cook till the oil leaves the side, about 5~6 minutes.
  • Add the kidney beans along with salt and ½cup more water. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer covered for 10~12 minutes or until the curry thicken slightly. Mash the beans to thicken the curry further. 
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve over steamed rice.
Rajma Chawal
Lets check out what my fellow marathoners cooked today for BM# 46.


  1. Just the kind of combo you want in this cold weather. Just perfect.

  2. Rajma Chawal looks perfect Pavani.

  3. More than the recipe, I am scrolling up and down the page admiring your props. Bowl with dry rajma is cute and during my next trip to India I am visiting all the craft stores in Hyd, lepakshi kalanjali and cauvery for brass bowls. I also like the ginne of cooked rajma. Very rustic feel

  4. Perfect rajma and chawal. I second Usha Rao. Loved your serve ware. Great clicks

  5. Same as usha. Your props are too alluring and the pics are so great. Awesome.

  6. My all time fav combo is rajma chawal :) You have made it so tempting perfectly done !!

  7. This is one of my favourite dishes but I would add a little garam masala..just a wee bit and some more eat with rice. Very well served and as always beautiful clicks...very rustic as Usha says.

  8. This is a delicious and mouthwatering . I love the pics a lot.

  9. Agreed your props have captivated the attention so much!..beautiful presentation and composition!..and I love this combo!

  10. Feel like inviting myself to your place, this combo is my favourite anytime..

  11. I second usha that bowl with dry rajma is so beautiful superb presantation..

  12. A perfect combo rajma chawal, love it.

  13. This is our favorite combo for Friday night dinner. .love the pictures. .especially the last one

  14. Wow! The rustic props steal the show!! A classic Punjabi combo - Rajma Chawal!!!

  15. although spices are different this reminds of the Haitian sauce pois and rice as we always make it with kidney beans - am sure the Indian version is just as delicious albeit with a different flavor profile

  16. Delicious curry!!! beautiful and stunning pics!!

  17. Rajma chawal looks great! Nice pics .

  18. I just made this for dinner and damn it was delicious! :D So simple, yet so clever. I used fresh ginger and garlic and the ginger taste really made this. Definitely gonna make this again! :)

  19. Wow, good and delecious food sir. i Will make it at my house... Obat Kencing Nanah


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