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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Course side dish
Cuisine 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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33 thoughts on “Rajma masala- chawal(rice)- The ultimate combo”

  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. 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,..:-)

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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….

  7. 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 🙂

  8. 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

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