Rajma masala- chawal(rice)- The ultimate combo

I got familiar with this rajma chawal when I stayed in Delhi some 15 years back. This was meant to be the absolute comfort food in every household and used to be everyone’s favourite sunday lunch. Somehow after leaving Delhi, I had forgotten all about this rajma chawal affair, though there were some rare occasions when I did have this. But it was almost some couple of years and suddenly one day, I was craving for some rajma chawal. So I bought some rajma/Kidney beans and made it for lunch last week. It was delicious and will always remain one of my favourites.

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Rajma masala- chawal(rice)- The ultimate combo Yum
Course side dish

north indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course side dish
Cuisine north indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
  1. Soak the beans for atleast 12 hours.
  2. Pressure cook till it becomes very soft(About 8 to 10 whistles).
  3. Grind together onion, tomato, garlic, ginger and green chillies. Also add few cooked rajma when grinding.
  4. Heat oil in a pan.
  5. Add the ground paste.
  6. Saute for sometime.
  7. Add all the spices and saute till the raw flavour disappears.
  8. Add the cooked beans along with the water and cook for around 10 to 15 minutes till the beans mixes really well with the gravy.
  9. Serve rajma masala with hot rice.
Recipe Notes

Notes- Rajma is slightly on the heavier side as it contains lot of proteins. It causes gas and bloating. So its better to avoid them for dinner.

Rinse and soak the rajma for a long time as it reduces the gas causing properties to some extent.

You can also add some store bought tomato puree for a deep red colour.

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  1. Mmmm… Yummy!! Have heard a lot about Rajma Chawal, but never tried it.. My next weekend lunch menu!! Thanks for the tip to avaoid Rajma for dinner..Now I know why I felt queasy last night 😉

  2. I would love to hav ethis poured over my rice for lunch now.

  3. Shama Nagarajan

    delicious rice…nice picture

  4. yummy platter,sis prepared this for lunch few days back,..and u r right this is one of the common delicacy of delhi…my all time fav,..:-)

  5. Sarah Naveen

    Rajma masala looks so yummy and delicious..Nice click too…

  6. hey sowmya,Yummy looking rajma chawal :)nice clicks. I love it ..ya, as u said we too avoid it as it causes some kind of bloated feeling if eaten at night.

  7. Priya Suresh

    Such a prefect dish, looks marvellous Sowmya..

  8. This is my fav…Delicious…

  9. Perfect combo….lov the pics…

  10. Nice click…i use store bought tomato puree so it saves time to make puree for the rajma(if u dont like to have those tomatoes inbetween)but fresh is always good.

  11. Beautiful picture feel having right now!

  12. Yummy combo!

  13. A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine

    Lovely combo, looks super delicious.

  14. Viki's Kitchen

    Very nice combo. great info too.

  15. Taste of Mysore

    Rajma masala and rice are really deletable combo. Rajma looks tempting Sowmya.

  16. perfect combo… looks delicious..

  17. rajma masala looks absolutely lip smacking, SOwmya….never used kasuri methi in rajma..will try next time..I’m feeling hungry looking at your plate

  18. Channa chawal and rajma chawal are always hit at my home. What lovely colour for your rajma, Sowmya!

  19. rajma chawal…don’t laugh but i even eat the leftovers for breakfast…if u r from delhi..or lived there u got to love rajma chawal…u r right it’s always there for weekend lunch…nothing can beat this….

  20. this is such a healthy & ultimate combo

  21. The Rajma chawal combination is always a sure fire hit, looks delicious….

  22. This is the best combination ever, I grew up on it when we used to live in Malawi, I too have it on my site. The ultimate comfort food, which after marriage has been passed on to our spouses by me and my sister 🙂

  23. Your picture is tempting. Yeah I agree taste lovely with rice.

  24. Mahimaa's kitchen

    agreed…rajma and rice make a perfect combo…. looks delicious.

  25. Aruna Manikandan

    Hi Sowmya,First time here…..Rajma masala looks wonderfulHaven’t tried with rice so far.Check my space when u ind timewith luv,ArunaManikandanhttp://ensamayalkuripugal.blogspot.com

  26. Aruna Manikandan

    Hi Sowmya, Kindly pick up the award from my blog dear with luv,ArunaManikandan

  27. hi sowmya, i make rajma this way too but have never tried this with rice. lovely picture.

  28. Priya Narasimhan

    looks deliciousI have never managed to make a perfect north indian side dish..I shall try this recipe of yours..

  29. my all time fav..looks so good

  30. Malar Gandhi

    Love all kinds of legumes, this looks wonderful:) Good with rice:)

  31. Red Chillies

    Loved the consistency of Rajma you have there Sowmya. For me it spells comfort food.

  32. Perfect match with Roti,looks tempting

  33. Paired with roti, this is one of the simplest and tastiest dishes to whip up.


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