Rajma is included in the buffet of many hotels in the north of India.  


  • 350g/12oz dried red kidney beans, soaked overnight with cold water to cover

  • 1 tsp ground turmeric

  • 50ml/2fl oz vegetable oil

  • 3 medium onions, chopped

  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

  • 75g/2½oz fresh root ginger, finely chopped or grated

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder

  • 1 tsp garam masala

  • 125ml/4fl oz thick Greek-style yogurt

  • To serve

  • Boiled basmati rice

  • Lime wedges


  • 1.

    Drain the soaked beans, put them in a heavy casserole pot, cover with fresh water and sprinkle in the turmeric. Place over a medium heat, bring to a simmer, then lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 1-1½ hours, or until the beans are tender, topping up with water if the pot starts to look dry.

  • 2.

    Heat the oil in a large pan or karahi over a medium heat and fry the onions, garlic and ginger for 10 minutes or until tinged golden-brown. Add the salt, chilli powder and garam masala and fry for 30 seconds, then stir in the yogurt and cook for five minutes.

  • 3.

    Add the drained cooked beans to the onion mixture, along with enough of the cooking liquid to just cover the beans (topping up with water if necessary) and simmer for 10 minutes, mashing a few beans against the side of the pan with the back of a spoon to thicken the gravy. Serve with basmati rice and wedges of lime.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (6 servings)

  • Energy 327kj
  • Fat Total 10g
  • Saturated Fat 1g
  • Protein 16g
  • Carbohydrate 45g
  • Sugar 4g
  • Sodium 380mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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