Rajmah (Curried Red Kidney Beans)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

From the cookbook Recipes with a Spice - Indian Cuisine for Balanced Nutrition. ‘Rajmah’, an extremely popular dish, is like chili. It is generally served with rice. It can be frozen. Thaw in the refrigerator before using. (May use dry red kidney beans instead of canned.)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan on medium to high heat.
  2. Add chopped onions and stir until they are translucent.
  3. Add ginger, cumin powder and coriander powder.
  4. Stir for a minute.
  5. Add the tomatoes, kidney beans, and red chili powder.
  6. Add water as needed.
  7. Boil and let it simmer for 15 minutes until the gravy is thick.
  8. Add black pepper and garam masala to make it spicy.
  9. Serve garnished with green coriander.


Most Helpful

While I like the recipe and love good Rajmah, I really had to use a cup of crushed tomatoes as opposed to 1/2 cup. Otherwise, there would have been no gravy to simmer. I still haven't been able to find a recipe that tastes as good as the pre-packaged Kitchens of India Rajmah, but until then this is a satisfying alternative. Update: Liked it more when I added garlic and green chilies.

Doubting Thomas July 11, 2010

Fantastic dish. I served it with rice and palak paneer(#14886) Friends and family agree this was a super dish. Easy to prepare, too. Thanks for sharing

GlutenFreeBaker May 07, 2008

These were nice, but I agree with Keith Olson, they weren't quite strong enough. The beans smelled great when they were cooking. I served them over rice like you suggested. I think I served more rice than necessary and that's what made the beans taste a little bland. Next time I won't use so much rice, then I'll see how it tastes. Thanks for the recipe!

Dixie Vader January 14, 2008

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