Rajmah (Curried Red Kidney Beans)

READY IN: 25mins
Recipe by kusum gupta

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.)

Top Review by Doubting Thomas

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.

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.

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