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Rajma (Kidney Bean) Curry
Rajma curry is a vegetarian dish that is very popular in North India. It is made using soaked raw kidney beans that have been blended with a paste of onion, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, and green chilies.
Kidney beans are very nutritious and comforting. Beans are one of the best ways to include protein in your diet, particularly if you are vegetarian. This curry is easy to prepare and very satisfying to eat.
Serve this mouthwatering curry with chapati, roti, paratha, or rice.
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3 servings (1 cup per serving)
- 1 cup rajma (kidney beans), soaked overnight and drained
- 2-3 cups water, or as needed
- 1-2 onions, roughly chopped
- 1-2 tomatoes, roughly chopped
- 1-2 green chilies, or to taste
- 1-2 inch ginger
- 5-6 cloves garlic
- 1-2 teaspoons cooking oil
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1-2 springs fresh curry leaves
- salt, to taste
- Handful of coriander leaves, finely chopped
- 1/2 onion, finely chopped, to garnish
- Soak the rajma (kidney beans) with enough water for 7-8 hours, or preferably overnight. Drain and rinse. (Alternatively, you may soak in hot water for 2-3 hours).
- Pressure-cook the kidney beans with enough water and a pinch of salt. Take 4-5 whistles and switch off the heat. Let the pressure release by itself.
- Roughly chop the onions, tomatoes, and ginger. Peel the skin of garlic. Add everything to a mixer jar with enough green chilies and grind to fine paste (no need to add water).
- In a pan or pot, add 1-2 teaspoons of cooking oil, add the cumin seeds, and let them splutter. Add the curry leaves and fry.
- Add the ground paste and saute for 1 minute till the raw smell of onion and ginger-garlic goes away. Stir frequently.
- Add pressure-cooked kidney beans with water. Add salt to taste. Let it cook over medium heat for 5-10 minutes.
- Switch off the heat and garnish with finely chopped fresh coriander leaves and onion.
- Serve hot with roti, chapati, paratha, or rice.
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- You can make your curry thicker or thinner by adjusting the water.
- After soaking, the kidney beans will double up in size. Soak in a generous amount of water.
- Do not discard the water in which you boiled the beans. Use the same water to prepare the curry.
- To save soaking time, you can use canned kidney beans.
- You can mash some of the beans to thicken the curry. This step is optional.
- You can add spices like cumin powder, coriander powder, chili powder, and garam masala powder to enhance the flavor of the curry.